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Updated February 15, 2017
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Reader's Digest President & CEO Bonnie Kintzer
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Pros
  • The work life balance is phenomenal (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people who really try hard to turn the Magazine around (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • C-level executives/upper management are constantly scheming (in 5 reviews)

  • Terrible management in digital marketing (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great co-workers. Nice location.

    Cons

    I really do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Not the Most Creative Environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My manager was very devoted to her job and supportive of other editors. Most of the staff I worked directly with were wonderful. Excellent downtown location and office space. Very good work/life balance. Not a lot of people working long hours. The office is usually empty by 5:00 on a Friday.

    Cons

    It wasn't a very innovative company. We all know the magazine industry is in decline, but non of the people in a position to make real change are very forward thinking. It feels like a stagnant environment even though there are some talented people working there.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks. Be more flexible.


  3. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Reader's Digest part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good flexible hours and work

    Cons

    none that I can think of


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    "Such a shame"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people! Colleagues within the product divisions were always talented and hard working. Benefits were once above average for Corporate America.

    Cons

    Culture; environment; management. More and more work with cutbacks; no appreciation for most employees, only upper echelon. Two bankruptcies; no raises for 5 years; bonuses still given to top shelf. Benefits reduced. No personal development. No career path.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. All the best have left.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decline of a once-great magazine"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well-known publication with proven track record.

    Cons

    Management has lost sight of what made the magazine beloved.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Oy Vey!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting out of banruptcy twice!

    Cons

    Lots of mis management and strategy puff!

    Advice to Management

    Cut, cut, cut - and you did cut Mary finally - but oh so late.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits were acceptable
    401K was ok

    Cons

    Company unstable - went through bankruptcy
    Low Pay
    Low flexibility with work/life balance


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy interview process. Friendly employees (for the most part) who care about their day-to-day work. 9am-5pm work day, no weekends.

    Cons

    C-level executives/upper management are constantly scheming. People (old AND young) are laid off without even 24 hours notice - sometimes without valid reason/explanation. No unique company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Give more to your employees so the environment isn't one of constant fear of getting fired.


  10. "Average company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation, decent benefits, health insurance is ok not great. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for promotion. The company has had a tough few years and people haven't gotten raises regularly. There are efforts to rectify that but it hasn't happened yet.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Everything Changed When Reiman Went Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the work. Loved the products we promoted. Really liked some of my team members.

    Cons

    Couldn't trust upper management. So many secrets.



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