Manager (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – March 17, 2018
Company is struggling financially, future is very uncertain. With the departure of CEO and COO, some progress has been made towards financial stability. But, with a double digit declining revenue base, there is not really a sustainable solution to become and remain profitable.
Videographer/Online Video Producer (Current Employee) – Little Canada, MN – January 23, 2018
A typical day at work consists of editing videos and uploading them to the web (facebook, buffer, etc.) Sometimes I film and go on hunts but it's rare. I have learned about self-respect and about editing, broadening my views on editing and getting more creative with my filming. Managment is not the best at this job. No one looks out for each other. Gossip is spread and respect for others is not there. The hardest part of my job is communicating with my employees, since I work from home it's hard to get in touch with others. The most enjoyable part of my job is the travel and sometimes working with my employees in person.
travel, fun times with coworkers
toxic environment, greedy people, no respect, don't listen, rude
Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – August 24, 2017
The new senior management wants to outsource as much work as they can.
Before the change in management I love working for the company even though it required a lot of extra hours. The challenges were always exciting and a great way to grow experience in new enterprise applications and business analysis.
Instructional Designer (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – August 1, 2017
I'd like to start off on a positive note, which is a little difficult, but the the majority of people who work on the ground at F+W in Fort Collins are awesome. If you chose to accept a job there, be prepared for constant change with no explanation, disorganization due to the constant change and little to no training. I was hired as an Instructional Designer but was expected to know about marketing, SEO and analytics which would have been fine except I didn't have any training. There was very little in the way of actual instructional design and almost no opportunity for innovation. Early release on Friday was nice, and it was air conditioned.
If you like constant upheaval...this is your place
Instructional Designer (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – July 24, 2017
In the 3 years that I worked here, I had 4 supervisor changes, 3 CEO changes, 3 "restructuring" and watched a lot of people get laid off. The pay is super low and don't expect more than a 2% raise if you even get one that year. The morale is low and turnover is high. Everything is budget driven and most of the time 1 person does the job of 2 or 3 people.
Content Developer (Current Employee) – Blue Ash, OH – April 17, 2017
The longer I've been with the company the more I've seen of the philosophy. There are a lot of good people in the company with passions and interests that they can bring to the work. However, the company pays low and doesn't reward you for the hard work you put in. There are also constantly changes with new executives coming in trying to "right the ship" and promising that this time will be the time they respect the employees and give back to them. There is a lot of potential with the company, but it never seems to quite be realized, which is very frustrating. The projects you work on can be really interesting, but the company as a whole has some issues.
Casual work environment, good passionate people, some interesting projects
Lack of 401k match, benefits could be better, pay structure is bad and it's hard to move up financially, lots of changes with processes and executives
Production Coordinator (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – November 30, 2016
F+W Media has yet another management team and I'm hopeful that they are working hard to bring the company into the 20th Century! There have been massive layoffs, and yes, lots of higher salaried folks so they can hire young, inexperienced staff for lower wages. Wonderful, creative people in every department and I believe management is trying to right this Titanic but the human resource department is awful! And pay is LOW!
Editor (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – September 30, 2016
The company has gone through 2 CEO's in about as many years. Newest one is only here for his contract. So be prepared for another sale or change. Many layoffs and constant restructuring. Upper management is the problem as it frequently is plus lack of direction. Imagine a barnyard full of headless chickens running around and you kinda get the idea of what it's like. Going from one idea' to the next. Marketing consists of constant email blasts. No nuanced approach. Below industry pay but you do get out early Friday's during summer. Last layoffs had a majority of older folks (40-60). So much more to say , it's sad because the magazines are great to work on. You could cut your teeth here, but have a back up plan.
Video Production Facilitator (Current Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – August 31, 2016
It's wonderful to work with so many talented people. Artists and crafters working together to create craft magazines. Sadly, the company has changed management three times in the course of my 2 years here and systems need a serious overhaul.
There's a new team coming on board and changes afoot...so hopefully they can turn things around. But many talented people have left or been fired and moral is very low.
I feel F+W has issues just like every other company in the world does. As a specialist in what we provide, there will be limitations to what we can do in the future. That being said, F+W has come a long way from the beginnings as a publisher and I feel this is a great direction for F+W overall.
A good company to be employed by. They primarily work with licensed material, but will consider other possibilities. The environment is relaxed, no pressure at all. But like any company that publishes comics, you are required to meet your deadlines.