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Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Packer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Time Life full-time

    Pros

    You get to pack books and toys for children and you get the chance to interact with others.

    Cons

    Wasn't making enough hours and little pay.


  2. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Time Life full-time

    Pros

    Good People, interesting varied types of work

    Cons

    tough environment with with a lot of stress and poor morale

  3. "Can't get out of their own way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Time Life full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, nice people(for the most part)

    Cons

    Company wastes lots of time and money launching products/projects that they know have little chance of being successful.
    -No Accountability at management level...If a product is not successful it's not the producer or manufacturer's fault for a crappy product, it's your fault for not being to sell said crappy product.
    -Company has downsized/reorg'd every year for at least five years, letting go talented people who work hard but executives rarely change.
    -They say they are open to ideas and want you engaged in the biz, but if you openly question plans, you are a trouble maker. Candor is definitely not appreciated.
    -Low level employees frequently take the fall for unsuccessful products and strategies even though they were just following management's orders.
    - Every department works under a different set of rules and expectations, frustrating to see people work at 50% capacity and get promoted because they in the "good" dept.
    - Not really open to change, "that's the way we've always done it" is a frequent answer.
    -No real strategy for the future, the company is not evolving instead they are repackaging old products, trying to squeeze blood from a turnip.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in the mirror and hold the right people accountable


  4. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved working here -- everyone was so nice.

    Cons

    Layoffs made it impossible to stay.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the business model had worked. It was a great place to work and they produced high quality product. Miss them!


  5. "Agency work, In-House feel"

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Time Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn and become immersed in e-commerce and DR marketing. The leadership is fantastic, giving you room to make your own decisions and pitches for the business, while also being available for mentoring.

    Cons

    Sometimes the business feels a little top - heavy, with more directors and VPs than "little guys"... Perhaps if more work were done on site instead of outsourced, it would feel more holistic.


  6. "Time of your life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Time Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Biggest Direct Response company in the US, Diverse, Great broadcasting and media buying experience.

    Cons

    what can I say? it depends on which department you work on.


  7. "Everyone is very friendly, and it's a great company for starting out in the DRTV/entertainment business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Time Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No micromanagement, flex time, benefits are great, lots of vacation days, friendly - easy going culture.

    Cons

    hard to get raises, salary limited

  8. "Minimum wage employees at time life acc"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Brownsville, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Brownsville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Time Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free cds and dvds. Hour lunches.

    Cons

    Time life hired the company I work for called American customer care to sell there products and handle their customer service calls. I get paid 7.25 per hour yet make almost $1000 in sales a day. Time life is very greedy

    Advice to Management

    Good supervisors but we need better pay and need to move up


  9. "It was a "decent" job. It is not bad for a person enteringthe workforce. they required a College education, but it was"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Richmond, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly people. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    there was very little advancement opportunity. the did not promote within the Corporation outside the region.

    Advice to Management

    Allow promotions within different parts of the organization.


  10. "Bad Pay, Good People"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at one of the magazines. People there were great. Work was ok. Salary was awful. Overtime was the only way to make a decent living. Plenty of opportunities to write if you're proactive though. A good foot-in-the-door place to work.

    Cons

    Biggest negative is the money. And it can be very difficult to move up. But publishing in general is pretty difficult these days so I don't really fault the company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within. Especially among the low-level employees. Keep communication open more, again, especially with the lower level staff.


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