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  1. "Amazing internship experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Editorial Intern in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Editorial Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Scientific American (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very merit based - you write what you pitch so don't expect people to hand you anything, but if you work hard and find good ideas, you will get a TON of clips and learn a lot by the end of the internship. I was offered a freelance contract afterwards, so again you get out what you put into it. The people were great and everyone was really interested in what they were doing, which made conversations eternally interesting. So lucky I landed this internship, so if you get the chance, definitely take it!

    Cons

    Can't really think of any big ones, but I guess a downside would be the lack of training at the outset (but at the same time I appreciated this because it forced me to learn on the fly and learn from mistakes).

    Advice to Management

    Again, can't think of much here, but maybe some sort of team bonding thing might be nice so people from editorial, production, business, etc. got to know each other a bit better.


  2. "Intern Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people! fun environment to work in. Positive attitudes

    Cons

    varies on work day to day

  3. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU WANT A CAREER"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scientific American (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is not a single positive aspect I can think of about working at Scientific American.

    Cons

    This company is the worst company I have ever worked at. Any and all decisions are based upon whoever is the favorite flavor of the month - and it doesn't change often. Ability to own anything is void, and all deliverables fall under one person, who is lauded over without regard to the fact that everyone else does the heavy lifting.

    Not at all a place to work if you want a career - any career for that matter.

    Do not work here if you want to apply your knowledge and skills, have a strong work ethic, or believe that you will have the ability to have any say in what you work on or who you work with at all. All credit and all applause goes to one person and one person only.

    The politics in this company are so egregious that it's the norm. Anything outside of brown nosing doesn't work. You will never have the ability to stand out or voice your opinion because it won't matter in the end.

    Senior management is incompetent and has zero understanding of hiring good talent, getting rid of bad talent, and the ability to look ahead.

    You should work here if you don't care about the following:
    1. Your salary - SA is cheaper than cheap
    2. Your career - This company is a dead end.
    3. Your appearance - T-shirts, hats, shorts, ripped jeans - it's like a college dorm except the fun.
    4. Being on time - Work hours are stated but never followed - you'll find people strolling in at 11am having coffee or even breakfast and then go straight to lunch.
    5. Your mental well being - Be prepared to work on mundane crap and send endless, useless emails.
    6. Your physical well being - You'll probably wind up drinking after every work day to forget about your stupid boss and their useless role.
    7. Science - Despite the name, 99% of the company doesn't come from a science background. The magazine is far from being scientific and dumbed down. This magazine and company will surely fold in the next few years. It's an old fogey mag with no relevant content to the present day.
    8. Applying your education - Some of the people at this company have no college degree yet manage to get ahead and be promoted through sheer politics.
    9. Not having an office - Company believes that by putting everyone in a cubicle or having open space - more work will get done.
    10. A sense of self - prepare to be marginalized and under utilized in every way every day.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great history at this magazine, but not much going on for it in the present."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scientific American full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly decent work environment, great history and there are a few smart people here.

    Cons

    No real upward mobility, no opportunities to learn, not open to change or growth. Promotions based on personal allegiances and biases, not on merit or experience.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what's going on in the industry.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "AEGIS MEDIA"

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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

    I worked at Scientific American full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employees to work with. Hard working, long hours, under paid, under appreciated.

    Cons

    Very Sleazy senior management team, it's a butt kissing system of advancement, most overpaid professionals in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Please resign.


  6. "Positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pros: Interns are like junior reporters, with tons of opportunities to pitch ideas, report and write stories and explore different ways of presenting the stories--video, podcasts, etc.

    Cons

    There were no cons for me. I was able to survive on the salary for my three-month internship, but I don't think longer-term would be as feasible.


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent staff, strong history, stimulating

    Cons

    Sometimes quiet, difficult to navigate internal structure