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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated May 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, flexible work schedule (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good and talented people work here (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a disconnect between upper management and regular staff (in 3 reviews)

  • The building is old; management has plans on the horizon for improvement in that area (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Currently employed"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture; very family friendly, diverse job opportunities.

    Cons

    Upward career movement can be difficult, which is also a testament to employee retention


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of smart and nice people, but stuck in neutral"

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

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

    Pros

    New CEO is a nice guy who does really care about employees. Lots of smart people. Company is quite profitable.

    Cons

    Very tough industry to be in as print dies and digital is dominated by Google and Facebook. Management knows a major overhaul of the business is needed, yet isn't moving very rapidly. Not much strategic vision, lots of tactical thinking. Growth has been nonexistent for years, so bonuses have been poor for most. The top layer of management is very inwardly focused and dominated by finance people who don't understand how to go to market. The headquarters building is terrible - filled with roaches and a wide variety of vermin - this is not an overstatement. There is a widely held belief among employees that the condition of the facility is representative of the lack of regard that the owners have for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    If this company is to thrive and perhaps even survive you need take a clean whiteboard approach and reorganize the company from the bottom up, take full advantage of the brainpower of the smart people that you have in the staff.

  3. "Great place to grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Editor in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support network. The people who work there care about one another and focus on striving for a common goal. Being family run for over 100 years has its advantages and you can feel that constantly. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    The building is a con, but other than that there is nothing negative.


  4. "Great Organization!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and company really cares about you! Wonderful 401k and benefit plans as well!

    Cons

    I don't know of any cons of working at PennWell.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!


  5. "sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exhibition Booth Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Exhibition Booth Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company, great products, nice culture and good people work here, all have great ideas on making their magazines better

    Cons

    push too much corp. work flows down to the sales staff,

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  6. "Getting Better & Better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media Product Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Digital Media Product Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    PennWell has been one of the best employers in my professional experience. The company is large and has some fantastic opportunities for growth. The Digital Media department within the organization is by far, one of the best to work within. The management genuinely cares for the team members and overall contribution of the department to the company as a whole.

    Cons

    The corporate headquarter facilities is one of the worst buildings I've ever worked within. It's unappealing, has little daylight and is very old. It has been patched up here and there, the bathrooms have been significantly upgraded which is wonderful, but my concern is that there are many other issues with the building of which the employees are not made aware. I firmly believe that if the building were better, the overall culture and morale of the entire staff would significantly improve and positively impact the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Consider changing the building arrangement/location.


  7. "credit & collections assoc."

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    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    great work environment, great pay plus excellent benefits package,

    Cons

    there were no cons to working forPennwell

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Vice President and Publisher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President and Publisher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President and Publisher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some decent brands and good people to work with. Financial stability although there were frequent salary freezes.

    Cons

    No overall strategy, too many P&Ls and competing interests. Management by silo. President micro-manages and managers never really work with each other. Never the first mover in any new market. Most managers just try to keep their head below the trench line.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and communicate a cohesive overall strategy. Ovoid the bloviated political lectures by the president. Consolidate reporting structure and create interaction and accountability within senior management ranks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    excellent compensation, working with smart, creative people who care about what they do

    Cons

    management is out of touch with day to day operations


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Old Broadcast values don't translate well into digital"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journalist in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Journalist in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are nice folks working for the company.

    Cons

    The executive team, however, are a bit "old school" and the owner is a die hard Christian fanatic.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop preaching politics to your employees.


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