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  1. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and environment. Exciting to be in the city.

    Cons

    The pay was on the low side.


  2. "Imaging"

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    Former Employee - Imaging Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Imaging Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sports Illustrated full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for. Enjoyed my time there immensely!! I have no complaints it was the best work experience that I ever had.

    Cons

    There are none worth mentioning

  3. "Tough to get things done"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Illustrated full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, great resources and access.

    Cons

    Too many stakeholders / bosses, not enough operators.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most VPs and hire more operations folks - engineers, product managers, ad ops specialists, consumer marketing analysts, etc.


  4. "Creative Director"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Illustrated full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They had decent benefits while I was there.

    Cons

    The company culture wasn't great and likely getting worse now that they have been recently acquired by Meredith.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cycling through a top tier excutives every year or two and buying out their inflated contracts. I can think of better ways to invest tens of millions of dollars in your business.


  5. "Not great"

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers.

    Gallows humor keeps things light.

    Ultimately, you're getting paid to watch sports, so it's often fun.

    Nice amenities in the office.

    If you work there, you have a job in sports journalism, which is so hard to find you can't really be picky if that's what you're set on doing.

    It sounds cool to tell people you work at Sports Illustrated.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay relative to comparably-sized media organizations. If bonuses exist, I never heard of them being issued. Raises are nearly non-existent.

    Often hire people as contractors, who get lower pay than those around them doing similar functions, no affordable benefits, and no overtime even though they work well beyond their designated hours. Company can and will break promises regarding when contract employment will turn into a full-time position.

    Promotions not always based on merit - one can easily be a team player and provide value to the publication for years without seeing any improvement in pay, title, or schedule. Those that play politics often get ahead faster.

    Tons of layoffs and people leaving voluntarily, but their positions are rarely re-filled, leaving others to pick up the slack with no improvement in pay, title, or schedule.

    Quality internal candidates often passed over for jobs in favor of outside hires.

    Huge divides between staff cliques mean there is very little publication-wide culture to speak of. Print and web newsrooms are still not 100% integrated, which most competitors have done years ago.

    Great content often ruined by terrible UX/product design, most of which is forced upon the publication by corporate.

    Unless they write for the magazine, writers are unlikely to get any sort of detailed feedback that might make their pieces better or make them better writer/reporters in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure I have any. They're pretty hamstrung. A lot of problems are the fault of industry-wide trends and bad decisions by those in corporate (some of whom are currently enjoying seven-figure buyout packages after the sale to Meredith).


  6. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment
    Not too strenuous
    Would recommend

    Cons

    Impersonal at times but usually fine

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sports Illustrated part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got to work with great people on great projects. They work on some really cool stories and give great opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes the office moves a little slowly and there isn't much to do, even though there should be.

    Advice to Management

    Get the interns and younger people involved more, even if it's just basic things.

  8. "Falling apart"

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    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great being able to say I worked for a legacy company

    Cons

    Company that desperately wants to become a digital brand but absolutely no idea how. Employees in every department from sales to editorial are treated as if they are disposable. There is no one who has the background to turn this from a print to a video company.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees on the front lines. Your senior management should have yearly reviews. Maybe then you could figure out how to beat your competitiors. There is absolutely TO company culture. It breeds contempt.


  9. "Business on a precipice"

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

    Pros

    Sports business is fun. Senior clients will take your calls. Legendary legacy. A brand name that benefits the business in numerous ways

    Cons

    Industry is cratering. Very difficult to turn around this ship. Video is king and all of SI's competition has access to video that SI does not.

    Advice to Management

    Transformational change is needed not incremental steps


  10. "Company is falling apart"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice people
    Watching sports at work

    Cons

    Low pay w/o benefits, layoffs, no overtime pay, lacks direction

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more people in order to get anything done.