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Time Out Group Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Very hands on experience and learned a lot of the execution and planning that goes into the work behind each issue (in 3 reviews)

  • TONY has a good product, work environment, and decent benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely ZERO work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • You can either choose to work long hours or learn how to take your work home constantly (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Editor"

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

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    Fun, interesting work that allows you to develop incredible cultural acumen.

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours. But that's digital these days.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in writers with expertise.


  2. "Sales"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    Great office space, good people who were passionate

    Cons

    No clear vision for future, management lacked direction, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people with experience

  3. "Going Down Hill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good office, fun events occasionally, decent location. Still some very smart and hard working people there. Quite a few people had been brought in from other companies who do seem passionate and talented which was a plus

    Cons

    As a previous poster had mentioned...Time Out is going through a period of change that not all people agreed with but had to ride the wave as there was not much of a choice. Management did not take the advice of the employees, they had their group and would only benefit themselves (promotions ect). Work was passed onto current employees quite a bit and there were a number of layoffs in the edit department due to restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Hire new people to take the work load off of other employees.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Strike while the iron is hot"

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    Current Employee - Director of Production Development in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Production Development in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Time Out Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Time Out is at an interesting point right now. It is working to rebuild itself into a digital-first company from its successful roots as a magazine company.

    This transformation hasn't been easy. As with other print publishers, Time Out is dealing with declining print revenues. If you read through prior reviews, you can see that there's been a succession of attempts to transform the company: new teams come in, reorganize the company, and then leave.

    And now there is a new set of folks at the helm, and to be transparent, I'm part of this incoming group.

    The obvious question is: what makes this time different?

    I believe that the key is that the incoming team helped to build successful web companies. They have experience with how to build product and how to engineer system that can make money on the internet. If you look back over much of the prior attempts, you'll find that Time Out was the biggest [web] company in their work history.

    The majority of the new team hail from successful web companies. Most have helped make those companies successful. And, like me, many are from TripAdvisor. I'm excited to see us go "all in" on becoming a digital company.

    Cons

    Change is hard. Changing from print to digital is harder.


  5. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    Fun industry, interesting projects, peers had great personalities, writing staff are top-notch.

    Cons

    Absolutely ZERO work/life balance. You are emailed at any given time of the day and are expected to respond. You may even get texts. You are expected to work overtime/weekends with no days back. There is literally no structure to anything and it makes it a very negative work space. By far the worst job experience I have ever had.

    Advice to Management

    Place structures in place and actually stick to them. Be transparent if you are going to have layoffs and if you do end up firing someone, do not give that workload to their colleague who would then need to do double the work. Treat your employees well and give them time back if they work weekends. People will want to work hard for a company that actually respects them and their time.


  6. "Not A Great Experience"

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

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    Interesting Employees, Free Coffee, Good Internet

    Cons

    Mismanaged, Very Clique-ish, Event and Ad Sales Structures All Over The Place.

    Advice to Management

    Used to be a great magazine and company. I was excited to join your team, but the 6 months I was there were the most stressful and unhappy I have had in a corporate office. I had little to no real help from my leaders as no one knew what was going to happen to the department (it ended up closing all together after my departure). They wanted $100K's per month brought in by incentives/ads/events that were already discounted and there was no way to actually attain the sales goals, therefore, causing closure. It's sad because the entire experience could have been wonderful, however, it was quite the opposite.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great perks - access to tickets and events, company sponsored food and drink events, interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    High turnover and salary needs to be more competitive with market

    Advice to Management

    more training and development opportunities

  8. "Godo company"

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

    Pros

    The work is fun and ineterstesting.

    Cons

    Became too corporate, they made some mistakes as they grew.

    Advice to Management

    No comments.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Cool people, terrible company"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Interesting content
    - Cool people
    - Brand recognition, which can potentially be leveraged into a better job once you leave

    Cons

    - Badly run company
    - Constant changes in management and strategy
    - Terrible pay, even by industry standards
    - Sacrificing quality to chase traffic goals


  10. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Time Out Group full-time

    Pros

    A lot of creative control at the beginning

    Cons

    a dwindling staff and outside investment made everything worse

    Advice to Management

    value employees


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