Time Inc. Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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Pros
  • "Great work life balance at the time(in 95 reviews)

  • "Friendly environment, great benefits, great management(in 57 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "They continue to combine magazine staffs and firing(in 38 reviews)

  • "not a lot of transparency from upper management(in 29 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Time has great benefits and good cache, but just be prepared to work your butt off.

      18 Nov 2012 -  
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      Pros

      Time Inc. offers its employees great benefits and time off. It offers classes, plenty of events from affinity groups, and has a nice cafeteria. But the work culture very much depends on the division or title you work for. I personally have never had to work so hard and such long hours as I have at Time. A lot of smart and capable people work here, and not as much of the snobby consumer mag culture as at other media companies like Conde Nast.

      Cons

      Be prepared to hit the ground running...it's is very much baptism by fire. Also, my personal experience has been that there's so much work to do that I've never managed to use all my vacation in the five years I've worked here. You're also far removed from upper management. I don't think they are in tuned with who does the real groundwork. Also, Time Inc. really likes to tout moving around inside the company, but I personally haven't seen many people leave one division or magazine to move to another.

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      A once great company that is being bled dry

      24 Mar 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Pay is decent. That's about it.

      Cons

      Constant layoffs that leave skeleton crews. Despite doing the work that used to be done by four people the policies and processes for getting things done continue to get more and more unnecessarily convoluted. The company only knows how to cut jobs and spending but seems to do nothing to innovate and increase profits. Outsourcing to India has drastically lengthened the time it takes to get anything done. Upper management thinks hiring young people will give them a more tech savvy workforce when the opposite seems to be true.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Very enjoyable work but difficult to progress

      2 Feb 2016 - Editorial Assistant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      The work was interesting, worked with lots of talented people, nice atmosphere day-to-day, relaxed environment.

      Cons

      Lots of great people passed over for promotions and so eventually left and instead people brought in from outside the company for senior roles. Upper management didn't seem to have much to do with what was going on day-to-day. Some people just Sat in the same jobs for 20 years and so things didn't progress enough. A lack of innovation.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Sinking ship in the publishing division.....

      22 Jul 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Time provides good medical and dental benefits. They have Summer hours and give employees 4 weeks vacation a year.

      Cons

      The company is so big that there is little to no innovation. Also, Time is behind the 8 ball with digital and they keep titles that are revenue drains like Coastal Living for example. Management consists of numbers reporting and paperwork (lots and lots of paperwork i.e., time spent doing reports is more than time spent selling). Sales Reps represent multiple titles yet each publisher expects their title to receive the most of your time and sale required per title. Most of the good sales people have left or have been let go. Also, watching what a former employee went through with HR was frightening. HR and Upper Management are very political and useless unless you are a minority.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Production Manager

      31 Jan 2016 - Production Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Teams are amazing to work with and for. There were tremendous growth opportunities, in the past, for career advancement and development.

      Cons

      Message from new upper management team is that they're willing to support and grow new employees. Employees who have been within the company for 5 years or more should be trying to move on since "fresh" ideas are ideal. Not so great for employee morale.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      All about the perks

      16 Feb 2011 -  in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great benefits and vacation Working with many very talented and very smart people High profile for resume - world's leading magazine publisher

      Cons

      You wonder who is steering the ship sometimes - upper management in particular seems confused and misguided I agree with the other comment about there being too many cooks in the kitchen

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good professional atmosphere with smart motivated people.

      10 Jul 2012 - Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good, smart people all around. Great IT department and solid benefits. It is also a great location to work in NYC. It is fast paced but not crazy if you don't work directly for a weekly magazine. Overall it is a positive place to work.

      Cons

      Upper management was weak. They are digitally clueless and last to the table in anything other than paper magazines delivered to your door.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Quickly becoming a shell of it's former self.

      17 Dec 2014 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Current Technology & Product Engineering (formerly IT) employee Not many. Location for now. At least we are moving downtown instead of NJ. Although IT (yes IT Colin) will be greatly reduced and shoved under the stair case based on the floor charts shown to the company. 4 weeks vacation (if you get to take it) with no rollover! Summer Fridays. Oh wait. Those are gone. 401K with reduced matching. Health/Dental. Was sold as better now we are separated from Warner. That's true if you are single.

      Cons

      Obvious disdain for the U.S. engineering team by CTO Colin Bodell. He is more interested in updating Yammer with his photo ops with celebrities than the welfare of the U.S. staff. This is made abundantly clear by his frequent trips to Bangalore where he takes employees out to dinner for personal chats. Also, I have personally witnessed him doting over a single Bangalore employee who was visiting the U.S. and asking what they thought about the U.S. staff and operations. Don't get me wrong. I work with the Bangalore team every day and the people I deal with are good, hard working, intelligent people. But so are the U.S. engineers. How about asking us what we think is wrong with what is going on in the U.S.? Not all of us are left overs from the previous Time Warner owned debacle. The plan is to greatly reduce the U.S. team and bulk up in Bangalore definitely and Seattle most likely. All under the cover of "follow the sun". The idea is sound but it's implementation is lacking. Absolutely no chance or consideration is being given to the NY team. Clueless upper management in IT. Yes, Colin, I referenced that forbidden acronym. You would think to be a VP or SVP of a technical area you would have an understanding of the technologies in that area. Nope. Not here. Backstabbing and finger pointing is rampant among VP and SVP level. Only the negative is ever accepted. No chance is given to enlighten the misinformed because the negative is all that is accepted. Motivation is getting a little rubber duck and your name on a poster. No work/life balance if you actually get work done or care about what you are working on. The employees only source of good information seems to be gone because Keith J Kelly from the NY Post has not written about the impending layoffs yet.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Contractor

      Great people company, rather entrenched upper management

      22 Sep 2014 - Anonymous Contractor 
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      Pros

      Great people at most levels to work with, as well as a good amount of benefits even for contractors.

      Cons

      Upper management disconnect; difficult for those in the "trenches" to make themselves heard.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great internship

      15 Oct 2013 - Editorial Intern in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Many opportunities to learn through Time Inc University and other initiatives, many opportunities to gain experience in multiple divisions. Nice, ambitious colleagues.

      Cons

      Work-life balance was tough for some pregnant women in our team; communication between mid-level and upper management insufficient.

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