- Human Capital Strategies12.Nov 2015
Company culture involves a lot of drinking at events. Can reach the point of being inappropriate where upper management is concerned. It's a toss up, where hard work is commended and then immediately rewarded with additional work and added pressure. The work climate does not feel fair, as some of upper management is never present in the office, while others are there each day. The division of power among departments is unequal and contributes to a lot of strife for lower level workers.
Support from management
A mass exodus of talent, plus a round of firings/lay offs has caused a large amount of work to be pushed onto an already threadbare staff. Everyone appears unhappy, anxious, and exhausted.
The staff, excluding upper management, is excellent. When I worked here, it truly felt like a small family. Unfortunately, loving your coworkers doesn't make up for the toxic work environment.
Freedom to work independently
Lots of autonomy for workers because everyone else is busy scrambling to get their own impossible work load finished
Communication is lacking. Between departments, between upper management and workers, just in general.
In many instances, it appeared that the men in the office, while outnumbered, were offered significantly more opportunities than the women. Additionally, one male employee made several female workers uncomfortable in multiple instances and was allowed to remain.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older employees only exist in upper management. All the lower level staff are under 40.
Many workers here, because of the experience and amount of work necessary to succeed, acquire excellent and varied skills and have moved on to better and brighter things. In terms of actual advancement within the company, opportunities are non-existent.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay is low, especially for editors (who do a massive amount of work). Sick days and vacation days are combined into "personal time", so be prepared to sacrifice vacation time if you get ill.
Office / Work Environment
the office is sufficient for getting work done. Tech is mostly up to date, although the main publishing software used is archaic.
Because this is a company that produces magazines, the majority of the staff is aware of current events and social issues.
Employees here work long hours. Most come in early, stay late, and bring work home regularly. There is no overtime.
The company has created a very flattering image of itself, but the reality doesn't match the exterior. For a company that publishes HR magazines, they do not have an HR department and employees write articles about new and interesting job perks, employee benefits, and other opportunities that the company doesn't offer them.
Editorial jobs are extremely stable and in high demand. However, all other departments have seen layoffs, firings, and a mass exodus of employees in the last 6 months
The building has an elevator.
This is a white collar office, so it's relatively safe.
The work is challenging in the sense that there is too much of it and not enough workers. Overall, the work is great for those looking to get experience and then go elsewhere for better pay.
Inclusive / Diverse
The company promoted the idea of diversity, but it is not particularly diverse itself.
Suggestions for improvement
- Upper management needs a shake up. More defined boundaries and checks and balances need to be created within departments, so that ultimate control of power is redistributed into the hands of more than the few employees that currently weird power.
What I like about the company
Company has great ideas about how employees should be treated.
What I dislike about the company
Company does not actually treat employees well.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyHuman Capital Strategies
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2015