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Updated Oct 23, 2019

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Maxim Editor in Chief Sardar Biglari
Sardar Biglari
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "Can more or less write about what you want if you manage to convince the editorial staff that "MAXIM MAN" will care about it(in 5 reviews)

  • "work life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The magazine is so beyond out of touch with reality as most of the cover girls had to be begged to be associated with the magazine(in 6 reviews)

  • "Very long hours in the office and weekend events(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      There is no physical office

      Oct 23, 2019 - Editor in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The team was lovely and fun to work with. Everyone could commiserate together over the management, or lack-there-of together.

      Cons

      First of all, there was no physical office. Every person that is employed works as a freelance employee. Not having a common place to meet and discuss and have meetings makes the communication aspect extremely difficult. The pay is sadly low, however that is publishing. Don't expect to ever receive a monetary bonus. The best they can do is a buy-one-get-one-free burger at Steak n' Shake. The magazine is so beyond out of touch with reality as most of the cover girls had to be begged to be associated with the magazine. Even many of the brands that are featured in the magazine had to be convinced to appear for free-press. Sad.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great in 2013, not great in 2016

      Feb 17, 2016 - Photo Intern in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great morale around the office, close-knit and welcoming team. Very warm to women (surprisingly) even though there are underwear clad models walking around on any given day. Really fun place to be.

      Cons

      The magazine has taken a big dive since my time and has laid everyone off.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Stay Away If You Are Serious About Your Career

      Dec 4, 2015 - Editor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Under Kate Lanphear, it was an awesome place to work with a team that was focused on making a good and respectable magazine.

      Cons

      The owner. He is clueless and has taken the magazine down a bad path. He has instituted terrible processes such as no corporate cards for people to use to handle the expenses incurred from everyday magazine production forcing employees to use their personal cards then not reimbursing them for months, not paying writers for up to a year past the contracted drop dead pay dates, no FT Human Resources staff, a belief that he can write and edit, and placing folks in high positions to run the magazine that have no experience nor clue even after more than a year there. He also believes that the magazine could run with a staff that was way too small and the results have been hilarious.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Okay While It Lasts

      Oct 27, 2015 - Office Support in Richmond Hill, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun staff, great people to work with. Always something free to grab. Interesting things always come in the mail for review. Laid back and relaxed (most of the time). Casual environment. Good/recognizable name to have on a resume for the future.

      Cons

      While the "perks" of working for the magazine are cool, there are less actually workplace perks involved. Coffee (while I don't drink the stuff) is dismal. There used to be variety, now it's just some faceless packaging sent by corporate. There is no milk or any flavored creamer. No tea (which I do drink) either. Vacation days or few. Only a few major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Labor Day, that's it). No 401(k) match either. The magazine was bought by Biglari Holdings, a capital firm and the laid off/replaced almost everyone. The people who have worked there for years, who made the magazine what it is. There's also no room in the office to move around anymore. We use to have two floors. We now have one. All of our equipment, magazines, etc. are stuffed into one office. Large machines for production are just haphazardly placed in inconvenient locations. There's no room to breath in there anymore. A magazine is a creative environment. It needs more of an open floor plan for the easy exchange of ideas. The cubical set up is typically corporate. Exactly what you would expect from a corporate billionaire with ZERO publication experience. All in the name of efficiency. They aren't short on dollars by any means. They cut and they cut and they cut and they cut! There's being frugal, and then there's just being cheap. No one is happy working there. People are over worked and underpaid. All in the name of being lean and efficient. It's being cheap. And it's going to ruin the magazine and blow up in their face. There's only so much you can cut before things fall apart. Corporate greed eating itself from the inside.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee

      A sad place to work

      Mar 2, 2015 - Editor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Back in the Dennis Publishing days, it used to be a great place to work, where editors could actually create interesting content. It was fast and furious and the reason men's magazines even still exist today.

      Cons

      Major turnover, lack of direction and horrible ownership has left the magazine nothing more than a vanity project for its owner. Not a factor in today's publishing world, which is a pity given Maxim's strength in the past.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      It was a cool place to work at....until the new owners came in

      Apr 21, 2014 -  
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      Pros

      Amazing people to work with and great upper management until they either decided to leave or got fired for petty reasons. Great events and resources until the new owners took over and started penny pinching.

      Cons

      The new owners came in and created a hostile work environment through fear and intimidation. The owners have no clear direction on where to take the brand. They have no clue about the media/magazine industry nor do they know what is content. The dude seriously asked what is content during a meeting. I give it less than six months to tank.

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