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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated February 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, flexible work schedule (in 6 reviews)

  • Very smart min-level managers and good benefits (compared to most) (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Little to no opportunity for advancement, however, it was a small group/company, so it's to be expected (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Post Production Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation part-time

    Pros

    +Great Benefits
    +Honest Workers
    +Great Pay
    +Great Growth

    Cons

    -Understaffed
    -Video Production Not Utilized as well as it should be
    -Communication is lacking with higher ups


  2. Helpful (2)

    "I have worked for PennWell for a year and a half now..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team is amazing. We support each other and everyone is amazing about helping each other though I definitely feel like we got lucky with the people we have. I worked in a different sector of PennWell for the first 6 months of my employment and the moral was pretty terrible.

    Benefits are reasonable.

    Good managers have made all of the difference.

    Cons

    Working at PennWell is like trying to teach an old dog new tricks.

    Though it could be said for corporate companies in general, PennWell seems to be particularly stuck in it's ways.

    Advice to Management

    I struck gold with my group.

    There is transparency and complete support on this end of the company but I have witnessed the "holier than thou" attitude multiple times from other higher level employees.

  3. "trying too much"

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    mostly nice people at the company

    Cons

    racism, sexism, and bigotry rampant in upper management as well as the executive team.

    Advice to Management

    don't let employees in the workplace hear when VPs and C-level executives use slurs to describe women or people of color.

    try and remember that your employees are people and not machines who are on call to meet the company's fluctuating and unrealistic budgets


  4. "Not what it once was..."

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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

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    senior management is heading the company down a bad road.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your sales and marketing people...


  5. "Registration Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registration Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Registration Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work culture is nice in the office. Low key with long term employees. Insurance is great.

    Cons

    Salary increase is almost impossible.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bound potential"

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    Former Employee - Senior Web Editor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Web Editor in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very proactive in promoting from within and plenty of opportunities for expanding your skill base.

    Cons

    Cutting edge publishing products, marketing services, and conferences burdened by antiquated “good ol’ boy” politics and work conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your talent and pay them accordingly. Follow through on supporting and rewarding high achievers. Embrace remote work. With the travel and digital components associated with most jobs, a remote approach makes sense on all sides.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place for the ambitious"

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Low stress in that there is little accountability

    Cons

    No real sense of direction from management,
    Getting any sort of change to happen is near impossible

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ideas of your employees, many of whom are very talented and want your company to grow.

  8. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work life culture is good. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Sometimes the ideas of the company still seem archaic or dated even though they are trying to move into the future. It can sometimes be a "all in who you know" mentality on advancement.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but still trying to get the kinks worked out."

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great and dedicated people, some with tenure for up to 40 years!

    Cons

    Executive leadership, gossip culture, lack of dedication and resources to employees, lack of company direction, lack of clear organizational structure and drives a fear based culture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are the best and only tools that you have to make a company great . Create a culture that focuses on driving engagement instead of fear, and you will see predictably better results.


  10. "Things are getting better all the time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The new Vision 2020 is propelling the company forward like I have never seen.
    The direction the changes are sending the company will benefit all employees
    New CEO only talks about the business and not politics

    Cons

    The old guard still holding on for dear life!

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward with the changes!


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