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Updated June 1, 2017
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Steven R. Swartz
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  • Long hours can make it tough to have a work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • No room for growth, a lot of energy-sucking people who hide in corners and phone in their work, lack of passion for the company's high-level mission (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Web Mill"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good earning potential, pretty lax environment, as long as you produce you dont really get messed with.

    Cons

    Products are PURE GARBAGE. You spend a week, a month, a year cultivating relationships with clients and customers and within 3 months of "making the sale" you will be dodging their calls. The websites are third party, open-source trash, which isnt the worst part, they then actually out-source the development of the sites to third world countries to save on even that which then comes back to the US for proof check before going to the client. The DMS offered is hands-off, they wont proactively plan a marketing strategy, everything is reactive, basically if they dont hear from the client and the client pays the bill they wont do anything until there is a complaint or threat of cancellation.

    Advice to Management

    Train your sales-staff on real digital marketing, hiring debt collectors and others that dont have any technical knowledge or experience hurts the image of our entire industry/profession.


  2. "Hearst Connecticut - AVOID - YIKES"

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    Current Employee - Media Executive in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Media Executive in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close to a car wash

    Cons

    Two Directors, old school , corny sweat shop factory environment, they have no clue , and are out of touch with reality. Like two old car salesman, cheap sales tactics and down right lie to clients. Most clients have been burned so you will be searching for fresh blood to sell the most current renamed bag of goods.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the old baggage and fire the sales VPs who are driving the high turn over, and slinging the BS. The clients know it anytime they are asked for a contract your CT leadership will be having a fire sale anyway so no need for a contract. Old hack tactics and phony scripts wont cut it anymore.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ad Ops Coordinator/Traffic Manager/Campaign Manager"

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    Current Employee - Ad Operations in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Ad Operations in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hearst full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Allowed to work from home.

    Cons

    Everything else. Low salary compared to the market in Seattle, expensive and bad health insurance. DON'T WORK HERE IF YOU'RE FEMALE AND EXPECT TO BE PAID FAIRLY, especially in a non-sales position. This is an environment of extreme favoritism and discrimination where Exec management protects his "buddies".

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like dumpsters. Don't change their entire job on a whim without renegotiating terms like roles, responsibilities, and SALARY.


  4. "Its a great place to work if you are single and have no family to worry about."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great building and some nice perks to go with it, including the location right at Central Park. Good restaurants around too.

    Cons

    Most of the people working at Hearst don't have families because they live alternative lifestyles and they in turn don't get what it means to have employees that do have families. They rarely hire people that have families or they fire them very easily because they don't understand why you can't be available 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    You should even the playing field and allow people with families to thrive with you instead of shunning them. It is unbalanced in the way they treat women who want to have families and women that already have families.


  5. "Toxic"

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    Former Contractor - Preditor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Preditor in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great & talented teams.
    Learning experience.
    A lot of material for your portfolio

    Cons

    The video production department is not well run. The department is disorganized, with some bullish and ineffectual upper management who sabotage productions, budgets & clients.
    Upper management is a large part of the constant revolving door of good talent and smart people who just can't stay at Hearst due to the work environment. They're losing talent and business because of some of the senior level staff running the department.

    Advice to Management

    Fire current production head. Put someone in place (or promote from within) who knows video, can interact with people, can manage teams and budgets and is a visionary.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "You need to be the right"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company. Good location. Nice coworkers(most).

    Cons

    There's no growth here unless what I've mentioned in the title. If you looks across the manager levels and up, they are all the same. There are no minorities hired for manager positions.
    You can work as many hours as they need you to but at the end of the project deadline, they don't appreciate all the time and effort you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Don't you see there has been a lot of turnovers lately?


  7. "real bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They have a great product, but don't know how to use it

    Cons

    pretty much everything else. real bad

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Adversiting Sales"

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    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Client Specialist in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Client Specialist in Bridgeport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn Digital Advertising.

    Cons

    THE WORST CORPORATE CULTURE!
    Print is becoming obsolete yet they push you, with boiler room sales tactics, to bring in a ridiculous amount of print advertising even though you are supposedly selling digital.
    Zero employee respect, you are treated like a dishonest "bad" child.
    Egos of managers and Publisher (and above) are beyond imagination!
    STAY AWAY, you will be beaten down and leave....highest turnover in the business!
    Quotas are changed to avoid paying commissions....complete lack of scruples!

    Advice to Management

    Have an outside firm come in and reevaluate all of your managers!!! all the way to the top.
    No one of any quality will stay here, you need to be a dishonest, manipulative salesperson to work here! who is also willing to be treated horribly.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hearst Digital Media Service"

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    Former Employee - Director, Digital Media in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Director, Digital Media in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good chance to learn entry level digital marketing.

    Cons

    Big egos, not a constructive place to work. Too dependent on print revenue, digital will never be same margins or $ volume. Stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Retire! your ships have sailed years ago!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building, gym, cafeteria, and office space

    Cons

    Poor management, unfriendly workers, long hours


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