Hollywood Life Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2021

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Hollywood Life Chairman & CEO  Jay Penske (no image)
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8 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Not bad experience

    Jun 10, 2021 - Photo Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - People in the office are very nice and welcoming - You can often get free stuff, get recognition for doing well - Decent benefits but could be better -

    Cons

    - There's little to no growth - Health Insurance is a bit expensive - 401K is not ideal - Hours are not like the usual 9-5PM

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    If you value ethics and yourself, don't work here

    May 23, 2021 - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Was part of a cool company that included Rolling Stone and Variety, but is no longer. Company is no longer part of Penske Media or will work out of their NYC offices. Literally was the only pro. Company seems to be failing since no longer being part of big parent company.

    Cons

    stay away from this place, it's not worth it even if you are desperate for experience and a recent grad - highly toxic environment due to the editor in chief - she will call to berate you at any time, but no one is offered work phones - she also texts incessantly with weird changes to stories - bonnie fuller is highly out of touch with her content, and only wants to cover bikinis and the kardashians - any fashion post has to have some sexualized angle to it like "tiny crop top" or "short skirt" - even when WFH due to covid, it's hard to leave computer as she is running a sausage factory of stories - no room for growth - very little diversity on team

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS

    Jan 30, 2021 - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    None that I can think of. Literally.

    Cons

    Seriously just avoid it if you value yourself and your well-being. Thanks me later.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Hard Work, but Impeccable Experience

    Aug 21, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -When a a team member is successful with a story or event, the Editor in Chief will treat the office to breakfast or luxe treats. -The office is shared with other amazing publications under the parent company, and every so often, there are beauty giveaways with free amazing products that last forever. -The office is stunning, as is the location right in Bryant Park. It's an absolutely insane place to start in an entry level position. -Pay is generous. -The number of staff in NY is not huge, and so the EIC will give you the opportunity to branch out, attend events, and have more responsibility over time. -You get to work with a group of young, smart people who love pop culture and what they do -Working under the EIC is an amazing opportunity as she has had long, successful career. She is always open to sitting down and having a conversation with you about how she has overcome obstacles and what you can do to be better, offering a reference, which is unheard of with most higher ups in a company. -The hiring process is a quick and smooth process and everyone in corporate is very friendly. -You don't feel closed off from the world during office hours, as the flat screens are always on with the news and talk shows.

    Cons

    -Only 'con' thought of is there is a relatively early start time, but it is a news outlet. -Difficult to build up comp hours when you are just starting out.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Worst Place Ever

    Feb 1, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The building is close to public transport and good for commuters. Penske itself seems to care about employees but I honestly don't have anything positive to say about HL.

    Cons

    This is by far the worst place I have ever worked and I could write a book on all of the terrible treatment here. I understand my placement on the totem pole and am tolerant of how people treat me but this is on a whole new level. Expect to be belittled at every opportunity, whether it be in front of all of your co-workers or while being screamed at over your personal cell phone for something you did not do. There is a lot of blame placed on others and frustration taken out on the innocent. You will be treated terribly whether you are liked or disliked. There is constant calling to your personal phone and you will be reamed out for missing a call if you happen to take a 2 minute toilet break. There is such a lack of humanity that it is laughable. You will be talked to as if you are less than dirt and it is truly damaging to the morale of the whole office and individual spirit of workers. Due to this treatment, most employees are miserable and produce a great deal of hostility towards one another . Be expected to be "on" all the time at all hours of the day and night for journalism that lacks integrity. You will be called and texted with demanding and belittling text messages even if you aren't working. There is required overtime to cover all award shows and there is no extra compensation besides partial comp days that are difficult to even get approved to use. The yelling and screaming is constant during award shows so be ready! If only employees were trusted to do their jobs (which they are capable of doing. There were a lot of smart people here) it may be a slightly better experience. I can't even watch award shows anymore because of this. For almost the whole duration of my employment, I suffered severe anxiety from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. After a lengthy time of not working there, I am STILL plagued with it. My best recommendation for anyone looking to work here is to save your mental well being and DO NOT take the job, even in desperation. It is honestly not worth it. This place will stand out to future employers not because of the experience you gained here but because you survived and lived to tell the tale.

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    If you have any professional experience whatsoever, don't do this to yourself.

    Oct 13, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Nice building, you have the chance to meet people at other publications. - Build experience quickly (because you'll have to do EVERYTHING, qualified or not.)

    Cons

    - You will be constantly berated, your intelligence and skills will be questioned, no one will defend you. - No matter how many extra responsibilities you take on, you will not get a raise or a better title. - You will work nearly every weekend from January until June covering awards shows with no pay besides "comp time," not equal to the time you actually work. You *might* get a donut as a reward. - You'll get jipped out of comp time, or won't be able to use it. - You'll work most holidays. - Other employees will constantly throw you under the bus. - You might work there 5 years, and they'll fire you with no warning for no reason. - Managers are nice people, but don't know how to lead and are too scared of the EIC. - No matter how closely you follow instructions, the EIC will change her mind on the spot and scream at you. - Managers will protect weaker team members, expect stronger team members to compensate and fend for themselves. - Weekend editors are barely trained, which means they're screwed when they're on alone. There's no hope of them getting off weekends, getting holidays off, or going on vacation. They went through 7 in the last two years. - EIC says "there are no shifts," meaning you're expected to work whenever news breaks/stay late almost daily. - PMC (the parent company) has some really cool events, but you won't be able to go to them without coming in early, or using your vacation time to attend. This includes company happy hours/holiday parties/picnics/etc. - A large amount of people have left the company in the last two months, either because they quit or were fired.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Better than being jobless and homeless

    Dec 3, 2014 - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent perks, team-like environment, great entry-level company to learn the ropes of digital media and how to handle the stress of a fast-paced job with a demanding boss. Good room for advancement if you work hard and prove yourself.

    Cons

    How much time do you have? Plan to work 60+ hours a week with no overtime (daily schedule plus working events in the evening, TV recaps, weekends, awards shows, etc.). No work-life balance. Boss will get your cell phone number and harass you at all hours of the day. Leadership structure is unclear. Favorites are played and people throw each other under the bus.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Tough

    Sep 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work space and amenities

    Cons

    A very sink or swin environment

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    It’s a No from Me

    Feb 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Donuts, cupcakes, etc. etc. ?

    Cons

    I wish I could put into words how horrible this company is to work for. Here, I will try. - While many can start at HL and move up, your hard work ethic will not help that. It’s only if the EIC wakes up in the mood to like you will she promote you. - If working at night, you’ll get 10+ calls criticizing the way you’re doing every little thing — especially if you’re not in NY, where she can control you in person. - If you have interest in celebrity interviews, steer clear. For the few publicists that will work with HL - the ones the EIC hasn’t completely ruined the relationship with - it’s possible that will go away by the time they come in & meet the demeaning producer. If you want anything on camera & it’s not an attractive female or someone he finds interesting, it’s a pass. - Speaking of, if you have any interest of being on camera, this is not the place for you. The producer calls the shots for this, not the EIC - she listens to every lie he tells. He plays favorites and will do the interview himself before giving an actual journalist a chance. He also has no problem getting in multiple women’s faces in the middle of the newsroom, while the boss stands by and watches. - If you do have any issues like stated above, there’s no where to go. Chances are, the “HR department” has already received the same complaints and nothing will be done. - The company has no problem letting people go without any actual reason — and doing it publicly for the entire newsroom to see. - Then there is the usual stuff: 60+ work weeks, EVERY week, no work/life balance (the EIC has stated aloud she doesn’t believe in that), “comp time” equals a third of what you actually put in and all-around horrible moral. Everyone shutters the moment the day begins and can only breathe when she walks out, which stops her micro-managing for maybe 10 minutes until she gets on her iPad and attempts to answer emails... if she can figure out how to.

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Nightmares 3 years later

    Jun 9, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get access to some fun events but...

    Cons

    ...the pros start and end there. It’s been three years since I worked for this god forsaken company and I truly still feel nauseous when I recall my time there. As others have said in these reviews, so very much is wrong with this hellacious company that you can’t even pinpoint anything. They pray on young women just out of college who don’t know any better when it comes to how one should be treated by their colleagues and bosses (which is to say nothing of the fact they also don’t know better to demand better pay than the ABYSMAL salary, if you can even call it a salary as it’s unliveable in New York City). You’re required to work additional nights and weekends and you just...don’t get paid to do so? But of course, every one of HL’s problems is embodied in the EIC. Invoking The Devil Wears Prada is far too complimentary, as this woman is not nearly smart or savvy enough to deserve such a likening. What a miserable human being in every sense. She treats her employees as if they’re incompetent garbage, meanwhile she’s running one of the most vile outlets the internet has ever seen, not to mention is undeniably unintelligent. She’s a bad person, producing bad things in this world, and I only hope that someday someone makes her feel as terrible as she makes those who work for her feel on a daily basis.

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