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Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Learned a lot about the publishing industry and how it is integral to a magazine (in 18 reviews)

  • Great work life balance for professionals (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours can make it tough to have a work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • little room for growth, low starting salary (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "CBS Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, welcoming team, wonderful management

    Cons

    hard to move up


  2. "great"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Hearst as a contractor

    Pros

    very good corporate working experience.

    Cons

    Busy hours and sometimes not challenging works.

  3. "Great Legacy Company Struggling to Keep Good Talent"

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

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Location
    Building
    Perks
    Access to multiple brands
    Access to multiple job functions/roles
    Easy access to management

    Cons

    Top-heavy
    Poor top-down communication
    Too many "re-orgs"
    No career development
    No interest from upper management in fostering young talent or career growth

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Don't make them feel expendable.


  4. "Great people, but not much oversight"

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    Current Employee - Web Editor
    Current Employee - Web Editor
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. I don't think there's one jerk in the whole building, not that I've encountered. My market is very sticky for some reason, so a lot of the talent has been in the area for most of their careers.

    Hearst is also very well-positioned in a number of fields, so I don't have to worry about downsizing or cutbacks, especially in the unique role that I have in Hearst Television.

    There aren't a lot of mandates or meddling from up top, at least when it comes to our station.

    Cons

    Because of the odd nature of my role in digital, I serve masters in two different departments. My December self-evaluation, therefore, got "lost in the mail" amid a change in news directors and I didn't get to sit down with my actual supervisor to talk about it until August. There isn't much of a structure for feedback and such, at least for me.

    I have heard that the insurance can be rather stingy about which provider you can use for what. Like regardless of whether you have a dentist already, they may pick one for you. But I haven't made use of the insurance yet.

    Unless you're talent, there isn't a whole lot of mobility within the building. I've seen a few people in production and such take promotions out of town to sister stations, however.


  5. "Editorial Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst as an intern

    Pros

    Great educational resources (i.e. lectures conducted by successful individuals of the industry, weekly seminars put on by department heads of different magazine sections, etc.)

    Cons

    Working as a part of the Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine, there was not much room for hands-on experience except for basic research for story ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between permanent staff and interns (so that employees actually know that interns exist and are willing to help).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but top-heavy with management"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Editor in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of hard-working, talented people focused on doing the job.

    Cons

    Management is top-heavy and doesn't give workers all the resources they need to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved. See how employees do their day-to-day jobs.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great work culture

    Cons

    Doesn't offer maternity leave for full time employees

  8. "Great Work Environment, Horrible HR"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Hearst as a contractor

    Pros

    Great employees, especially in digital. Forward thinking, good team atmosphere, friendly people.

    Cons

    HR is notoriously unhelpful and if you're looking to transition from freelance/contract to full-time staff, they will lowball you HARD when it comes to your new salary to the point that it's actually offensive.


  9. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Photo Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Photo Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building to come to everyday. Nice cafeteria, gym and wellness center.

    Cons

    The pay is usually on the low side.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more opportunities to advance.


  10. "Graphic Design"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Hearst as an intern

    Pros

    Great environment, was given a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    None. Great experience but a little isolating at times


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