Hollywood Life Reviews

Updated Feb 1, 2019

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6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (7)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time for more than a year

    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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  2. Helpful (6)

    "I Wouldn't Recommend To My Worst Enemy"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time

    Pros

    The location of the office was excellent

    Cons

    -Low pay -Degrading management -Horrible atmosphere -Judgmental and verbally abusive coworkers (It starts from the top and trickles down) -Bad news judgement -Long hours, overtime and weekends with no pay (but you'll get cupcakes/bagels) -Favoritism -Unethical -There's no loyalty

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid At All Costs"

    1.0
     in New York, NY

    I worked at Hollywood Life

    Pros

    Only bc Glass Door insists on a Pro-conveniently located.

    Cons

    A nightmare work environment of Shakespearean proportion. Not one person there is happy-someone cries every day. The culture is like the worst high school lunchroom you've ever imagined. As close to as possible to "Heathers" without actually committing murder.

  4. "Fun enviornment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Fashion Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Hollywood Life for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing to see your name on their website after writing stories, you can build a great portfolio. Very fun upbeat environment, lots of free stuff and celebs. Get to go to different events.

    Cons

    During the day if you're not going to an event it can be boring sitting behind a computer all day.

  5. "Most rewarding internship!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Beauty Editorial in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Hollywood Life for less than a year

    Pros

    Interns will NEVER get the employers coffee. They really utilized my assets and as a result I gained so much experience! I left feeling accomplished with 50 published beauty articles.

    Cons

    The 8 weeks went by too fast!

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Ruins life & all relationships"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small company, opportunity to move up fast. Work next to top editors

    Cons

    Treatment is horrible: you're looked down on and spoken to like an animal. There's no work-life balance. Usually employees work 60+ work weeks, then every possible award show or event. Don't take if you have any personal relationships in the industry because the name will ruin all of them.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Better than being jobless and homeless"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time for more than a year

    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. Helpful (5)

    "The Devil Wears Prada 2.0"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hollywood Life for less than a year

    Pros

    OK pay Fun, bright, helpful employees Free food Beautiful office and view

    Cons

    Demanding hours Expectancy to work from home No work/life balance Unclear expectations/communication Infamously domineering/controlling boss

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