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  1. "Great and relaxed workplace"

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

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    The Magazine industry is in decline..


  2. "-------"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being exposed to all the publications. Learning the ins and outs of this publication company.

    Cons

    Managers there are completely not understanding. They expect you to be robots ,and act as if real life doesn't include you. It's do as I say ,or be penalized. Unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not robots. They have a real life outside of this environment( job ). You should be more understanding.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Reality."

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

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, convenient location, good place to "put in your time" while positioning yourself for a career change.

    Cons

    The salaries are low and there is no incentive since raises and bonuses are unheard of. There is no company pride or solidarity. The benefits are unattainable for low salaried employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and inspire your staff. Reward good work and loyalty.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Old School"

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

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    Recognizable name, wine giveaways, 9-5.

    Cons

    Sexual harassment rampant with poor working conditions and respect for women. Terrible pay, managers in fixed positions who don't care or listen to employees. Low morals among the higher-ups with managers undermining employees, who get the blame for mistakes that are not their own.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, good workplace with good people"

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

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    Fun content if you're into the "gourmet lifestyle" business - wine, whiskey, cigars. The new offices are nice. The people are generally pretty easygoing and good at what they do. Office hours are generally limited to 9-5 (for WS, at least). There are lots of opportunities to take on new responsibilities. FREE WINE.

    Cons

    Management in some departments can be bulky and/or ineffective. Wages aren't the highest for the magazine publishing industry, but the positive trade-off is that, for the most part, you're not worried about layoffs every few months. (RIP, Food Arts.)

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen to employees when they are dissatisfied - help them do something to change the situation, especially as it pertains to dealing with coworkers.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Just so-so"

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

    Pros

    Hours are good, people are nice.

    Cons

    A "boy's club." Very unfair working conditions for women.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Strong brand; poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to be in wine/spirits/cigar media, the brand strength is unparalleled. Commands huge respect from the industry. Senior staff is incredibly knowledgable about their fields. Opportunities to taste and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Feels like an old boys club. Few people in upper management have children; company does not seem very friendly to working parents. Lifer culture; no one at upper level ever retires or leaves, so moving up the ladder is extremely slow.

    Attitude is: you should feel lucky to work here.

    Pay is below average, and feels cruel. Cost of living raises do not happen. If you get a small raise they act as if you've just won the lottery. Lack of appreciation for promising employees. Young people not invested in.

    Everything depends on whims of owner, who makes decisions emotionally. No one understands value of new technology. If you are interested in innovation, you will be frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology and talent.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great magazines; expect some pain with little gain"

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    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    - M. Shanken publications are some of the most influential in the world in the beverage industry. Brand recognition is a huge plus.
    - The brand prides itself on integrity. Tastings are conducted blind and reviews are not for sale.
    - The magazines are quality-driven.
    - If you work for Wine Spectator, the opportunities to learn about wine are extensive. Senior staff is very knowledgeable and passionate.
    - It's a small company, everyone knows each other and the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed. You don't feel like just a number.
    - There are many opportunities to attend trade events, which tend to be both fun and educational.
    - The new offices (Worldwide Plaza) are great, and feel more professional than the old space.

    Cons

    - Pay is very low, even for publishing. Raises don't always happen every year, when they do happen they are underwhelming. This company is based in NYC, don't expect to be able to pay your rent AND have a life.
    - There is very little communication between senior and junior staff about important issues.
    - No one is proactive when it comes to problem solving. When an issue comes up, oftentimes the reaction you will get is "it's been like this for years, what're you gonna do?" or "it used to be so much worse". Painful and frustrating.
    - The learning curve is extremely slow, and so are career opportunities and growth. It will take a very, very long time to get new responsibilities and especially shed 'low-downer' ones. If you want to be at the top, expect a 20 to 30 year wait.
    - That being said, the company has now gotten to a point where a lot of senior staff are near retirement, and they are not making the necessary preparations to line up and train the next generation.
    - Promotions don't really happen. When they do, they call them 'title changes'- e.g. a bump up from assistant to associate without the slightest pay increase (and sometimes with no new responsibilities to match).
    - The company is very conservative. They are reluctant to join the digital media age and engage with millennials.
    - They don't invest anything in junior level employees who are a good fit, hard workers and have talent. On the flip side, they sometimes make poor hires and fail to deal with it properly. You can end up having some people sitting around forever being mediocre, and other people who are excelling but haven't risen much further than the former.

    Advice to Management

    - Improve communication with your staff.
    - Invest in the next generation, with enthusiasm and not begrudgingly.
    - Open your eyes, the future is happening now, please prepare for it or the brand will suffer.


  9. "Educational"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prides themselves in tradition. Loyal to subcribers, vendors, clients. Evolving into the new age of marketing without losing core values.

    Cons

    limited growth pending on department

    Advice to Management

    encourage creative thinking


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid like the plague!"

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

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun events, people are super friendly!

    Cons

    Horrible boys club environment, sexual harrassment is rampant, owner/ceo is a a joke, no proper HR department, no room to move up unless you are a disciple

    Advice to Management

    What can you say? Management doesn't care. They are all sheeple who want to keep their jobs (understandbly). The corporate culture will never change there. i would avoid working here like the plague!


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