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Updated July 7, 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. Helpful (3)

    "Solid job, but was laid off"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great resources, lots of wonderful people, huge huge company so plenty of cool parties and benefits- not to mention the cheap cafeteria! Also always have updated tools and software which is unusual for a big company. Great 401K match and healthcare.

    Cons

    Everything moves like molasses. As with big companies (especially publishing) when things are going bad, it only gets addressed when it's too late. My whole team was laid off with probably a year of decline where something could have been addressed- but its the slow ignoring of problems and pretending publishing is doing great that will cause these big problems. As with big companies too, meetings about meetings are king- and doing any actual work falls to the side. Also only 2 weeks vacation for your first 3 years, and thats terrible compared to all the new modern companies out there.

    Advice to Management

    With publishing (I've been in the industry for 8+ years) I've noticed that the higher up you are the more you can do whatever you want, things fall to the side, lots of vacation/"working from home", leaving your team to clean up. Publishing/media ends up being this land of sorely underpaid workers doing amazing work, never being able to really move around unless you're there for 10 years. Publishing is kind of a mess right now, but Hearst has been able to pull through usually. Still a solid job, solid company to work for, but the typical complaints about an old school company not really changing with the times.


  2. "Freelance photographer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Hearst as a contractor

    Pros

    good co-working environment to work and efficient flow

    Cons

    Too clammed/tiny spaces/need to be cleaned up more

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter - Full Time"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Reporter in Bridgeport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working here provided a good amount of opportunity to show initiative to do work that you thought was important. A great opportunity to pitch and write original content every day.

    Cons

    They expect a lot of content every day from their reporters, such that opportunities to get in depth on certain issues could be difficult to come by on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more resources in helping reporters take time to invest in larger, important projects.


  4. "Great Place to Work, Very Little Pay"

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    Former Employee - Digital Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -HDM is growing, leading the industry in digital
    - Collaborative work environment
    - Start up environment with perks
    - Great building

    Cons

    - Less pay than other companies (Conde Nast) that aren't doing as well
    - Long hours, often on the weekeneds

    Advice to Management

    Help people move within the company easier.


  5. "Photojournalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Big company to work for

    Cons

    Issues with management. Ego-driven, immature personality. Occasionally assignment desk would send me on wild goose chases with little information to go on....some may see that as bad time/resource management.


  6. "It's good while it lasts"

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    Former Employee - Online Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous salaries, cutting edge services, many resources

    Cons

    Male dominated, highly structured, don't listen.

    Advice to Management

    Relax


  7. "Internship Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid, Great hands-on experience,

    Cons

    Non-collaborative environment, Work is shared via other sites without compensation

  8. "Lots of opportunities but the budgets keep getting cut"

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    Former Contractor - Media Content Creator in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Media Content Creator in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great building to work in, phenomenal cafeteria, and there are some people doing great things at Hearst.

    Cons

    Nepotism was rampant In the two different departments I worked, and budgets kept getting lower and lower while more output was expected from employee


  9. "Hearst"

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    Former Employee - Customer Care
    Former Employee - Customer Care
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful offices and a great location

    Cons

    no room for growth unless you are looking for a position within their women's fashion group


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hearst Magazines"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, collaborative environment, competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Lots of jobs being outsourced.


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