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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated May 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, flexible work schedule (in 6 reviews)

  • There are a few good people and benefits especially health care are good (in 6 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. "Traditional media and conference 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 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Outdated building at headquarters, not much encouragement for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and promote some kind of tuition reimbursement and career advancement program.

  3. "Events"

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

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

    Pros

    Great family friendly culture, lots of opportunities for new experiences. really great people.

    Cons

    facility is in need of lots of repairs but is grandfathered into lots of city ordinances; lots of unknowns over intentions of new ownership


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Relaxed development environment conducive to advancement in field"

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    Current Employee - Full Stack Developer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Full Stack Developer in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote Opportunity, Friendly Team, Mostly Stress Free Enviroment

    Cons

    Lacking in Culture, Basement Smells, Dusty

    Advice to Management

    Allow more on the job learning opportunities.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Beyond toxic and horrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few good people and benefits especially health care are good.

    Cons

    The building in Tulsa will likely result in future sickness and is deplorable. It was only even attempted to be cleaned when board members would be in the building or recently for the new owners.

    The vast majority in the senior leadership positions are unscrupulous and not interested in anyone that works for them. The behavior is very unethical, and quite frankly, immoral, yet rewarded with promotions and praise while those that actually do most of the work that are good are ignored. This includes the very top, C suite executives and VP levels. There is no overall strategy or vision, but even attempts at having any a few years ago were a failure with zero follow through. Each group was managed differently as far as what was allowed for work hours/working from home and even what could be worn to work which could be in your favor or not depending on who you work for. Poor decisions are made daily and compounded over time. The culture is completely toxic and worsening with each passing day now.

    Even before it was sold, I would not recommend it as a place to work. I hope with new ownership, they can clean out the bad at the top because there are some really great people there, as well as a lot of potential to increase revenue and profit.

    Advice to Management

    Study what real leadership is supposed to be via people like Simon Sinek


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Ups and Downs"

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PennWell employs some very talented people, especially at the lower and middle levels of the organization.
    C-level management is trying to adapt the culture and vision to the 21st century, but they face substantial headwinds.

    Cons

    Management’s expectations for employees vary widely, even among those working in the same location. This includes things like the number of hours in the “working day,” freedom to attend to “personal priorities” between 8 and 5, and even dress code.
    Many senior managers intentionally develop their own cultures and cliques among subordinates which is counter-productive to corporate goals.
    Tulsa HQ building is a dump and does not reflect the 21st century environment they are trying to develop.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to accomplish the lofty goals you have set for the company at the corporate level, you’ll have to make some tough decisions. There is a lot of deadweight and active resistance throughout the organization. You need managers and employees who share in that vision and actively seek to implement it. Far too many are paying lip-service to change and continuing to go about things the same way they always have.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Would not recommend Pennwell to anyone that is looking to be part of a positive team."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only positive thing about Pennwell are the benefits.

    Cons

    Pennwell has changed and will never be the same.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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...


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