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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated July 22, 2018
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Pros
  • "There are a few good people and benefits especially health care are good" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, open to remote employment, flexible dress code, great reputation in the industry" (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. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a pleasant place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Sales in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community of people, flexible.

    Cons

    Too much nepatism in this company. If you aren't in the blood line or dear friend of the VP then you will never get anywhere within the company, nor will you get job security no matter how good your reviews are or how well you succeed. This isnt just with the VP but also with other upper management. So if you apply with this now Titanic of a company ..or what will now be called Clarion..then make sure you bring a diagram of your family tree or a list of mutual friends and coaches to make sure you qualify because experience isn't necessary if you have the above mentioned!

    Advice to Management

    You should feel ashamed of how you drug loyal employees along since the buyout. The stress and uncertainties and POOR LACK OF COMMUNICATION was pathetic! Every current and former employee know you all speak out of the side of your mouth and lie . Not forthcoming at all.

  8. "Sales"

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time

    Pros

    a lot of opportunity to grow professionally and excellent training

    Cons

    Some micromanagement by senior management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "PennWell is a sinking ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Due to the recent changes at the company, all of the former pros no longer exist.

    Cons

    Poor communication
    Lots of layoffs recently
    Recently purchased by a company based overseas (Clarion events)
    Continually lied to by management

    Advice to Management

    You should have sold the Tulsa building years ago and moved into a more modern office.

    You need to provide better communication to your employees, even if it is bad news.


  10. "Not enough support"

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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

    Great people!! Broad vision and lots of diversity in both business and staffing.

    Cons

    Upper management pretend to understand the business and take credit for all the strategic work and decisions when they played no role in the execution or outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Please dig deeper into the real work. Do not sit in your plush offices and believe everything being delivered to you.


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