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Lumina Media Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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  1. "Marketing"

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

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly and want you to succeed in what you do. You also were given some wiggle room for creativity and to try new ideas out. It was a lot of fun being able to work on them together.

    Cons

    Giant lack of communication between departments and even between management to team members. Also a lot of the time one job did the tasks of three or four. Not everyone was treated equal and some folks were given the "go" despite whether it was a good call or not.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what all of your employees are saying.


  2. "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lumina Media full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, no out-of-pocket expenses, departments for all aspects of the company offering support

    Cons

    Huge disconnect from the owners & shareholders from employees

  3. "Good markets, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lumina Media full-time

    Pros

    The leading pet and horse publisher.

    Cons

    Management doesn't understand nuances of their own business

    Advice to Management

    Get a new owner. Your owner thinks he can squeeze blood out of a stone.


  4. "Pleasant waiting area"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lumina Media full-time

    Pros

    Culture is generally upbeat. There are employees who care deeply about the subject matter.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  5. "Generous paid holidays"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lumina Media full-time

    Pros

    12 total paid holidays, including 3 personal days (not counting vacation) and you work half day the day before a holiday. We'd get out early for Halloween too.

    Cons

    This was to keep up morale for lack of pay increases.


  6. "Waste of time."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No Pros. Since there is a 20 word minimum in order to submit I will just say if you are looking for a company to dedicate your time I would go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Chasing their tails. Struggling. If you are looking for a company to dedicate your time I would look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Wasted enough time. Moving on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good job in a tough industry"

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lumina Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working on pet and hobby related titles is fun and interesting. The work environment is fairly laid back and you may have the ability to work from home or some degree of flex time, although that will depend on your supervisor. Benefits were fair. All departments are generally understaffed, which is not a "pro," but it does mean you have the opportunity to do a lot of different things and build multiple skills within a single role.

    Cons

    As with the publishing industry at large, there's no job security here. Sometimes it feels like you're going to Schroedinger's Job: It's both dead and alive until you turn on your computer and find out if the company still exists.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Don't work for this company!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None, really. Everything that was good about this company is now gone.

    Cons

    Unstable management. Serious lack of leadership at the top levels. Hiring and firing people constantly. Launching new products without doing due diligence. No 401k match. The new name Lumina Media is just a pathetic attempt to distract people from what a disaster this company has become.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing around with peoples livelihood and make better decisions. Do some research before launching new products. Start accepting that the best days of this "media" company are way behind you.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "A new lame-o name isn't going to save this sinking ship..."

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

    Pros

    There might possibly be worse places to work? Coal mine?

    Cons

    Terrible management. Clueless owner who is watching his large fortune turn into a small one. Owner would rather bring in self-promoting outsiders and expensive "consultants" than listen to employees with experience in the industry. These "big thinkers" cause chaos, eliminate people right and left and leave big messes behind and then they are eventually fired. They never last. Toxic workplace. Numerous layoffs in past three years. A publishing company that is far more interested in ad revenue than what consumers actually want to read.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting positive reviews of the company on Glassdoor. No one believes them.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Changing name to Lumina"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You don't get a piece of chocolate for Christmas

    Cons

    Don't know what they are doing. Constantly hiring and firing people.


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