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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated October 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "There are a few good people and benefits especially health care are good" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Very smart min-level managers and good benefits (compared to most)" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor decisions are made daily and compounded over time" (in 4 reviews)

  • "There is a disconnect between upper management and regular staff" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Editorial Art Director i"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Art Director I in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Editorial Art Director I in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, great employees, good benefits

    Cons

    they sold to a larger company, so the culture has changed


  2. "So Sad"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    PennWell was on the cutting edge of the publishing industry in the U.S. rivaled and mimicked by many.

    Cons

    The unfortunate M&A blew PennWell all to hell. It's almost ironic to say that Bob Biolchini is deeply missed.

    Advice to Management

    To the current management of those brands not taken over by Clarion, sell as fast as you can to save the publications because you're not doing them any favors the longer you hold on to them. It would be in the brands best interest to sell individually to organizations that will really continue to make something out of each one.

  3. "Great Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People that worked there were great to work with.

    Cons

    Changes in management and non-agreed upon goals within senior management was challenging.

    Advice to Management

    You have very talented people that you should rely on for their insights.


  4. "Unsure of what Pennwell's turning into"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Clarion, the new owners, have taken a keen interest in the company and are working to shape its strong properties.

    Cons

    As reported, the company laid off close to a quarter of its staff and there's currently much uncertainty on what will happen next.

    Advice to Management

    Be as transparent as possible about further changes.


  5. "going through massive changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good people with lots of experience

    Cons

    Old building, recently bought out and reorganizing


  6. "Great Employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Broken Arrow, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that work at Pennwell are professional, creative and fun to work with through out the year.

    Cons

    The building is old and has very few windows.


  7. "PennWell"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for commission, and great sales training.

    Cons

    Recently acquired and they're doing major layoffs.

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    "Sad times at PennWell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family owned! Great benefits. Work/life balance

    Cons

    They sold out! Now it sucks and the family we have left is dwindling. Need to look for a new job now.

    Advice to Management

    Wish it would have lasted longer.


  9. "Sinking Ship - Go somewhere else"

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, open to remote employment, casual dress code

    Cons

    Poor decisions were made on a regular basis and compounded over time they did not work out well for the company. There is a huge disconnect between upper management and the staff doing the work. Communication has been a constant challenge.

    Advice to Management

    It's so interesting to read reviews that discuss the lack of communication and transparency. It's a shame that management won't change a thing about it.


  10. "Product"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PennWell is a B2B publisher that invests in technology and people.

    Cons

    With so many publishers in many industries it was hard to keep everyone happy since standardization was key to efficient operations.


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