Producer (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 10, 2018
Hearst Television believes in promoting and retaining on-air personalities but has a turn-and-burn approach to producing. Managers for affiliate news stations in the lower markets appear inefficient, unprofessional and inexperienced.
IT Utility Engineer (Current Employee) – Westbrook, ME – November 15, 2017
Well organized station and Engineering Department. Very good support from Corporate on major projects. Equipment is always kept current and top of the line. Team is always willing to share knowledge and assist each other. Very enjoyable people.
This is a Union shop and it can be limiting to advancement and pay.
Order Entry Specialist (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC 28204 – November 1, 2017
When asked if I liked my job, I always answered "Of course, but it's the work I don't like." It's a job, it pays the bills, but data entry will always be mind numbing. With that in mind, everyone who worked there recognized that the job is a tedious, monotonous, grind. They treated everyone with respect and tried to make to office life pleasant and engaging.
Hearst is transparent, fair, and friendly. I'd be happy to work for them again.
Communication, good management, easy going work atmosphere, benefits, respected space, comfy chairs, occasional free meals
Work life balance is non existent. If you have a family, look else where. If you have kids, child care concerns... run. If you would like any semblance of a life... this isn't the place for you.
Your free time is simply time you are "on-call" for the station. While WLWT is a union shop, they do not follow the rules and regulations and you are targeted if you bring them up.
This place is about as inflexible as they come. Management has unrealistic expectations, frequently treat behind the scenes and most on-air talent like garbage.
I had heard stories that Hearst is a good company to work for... but have been extremely disappointed. Unfortunately Hearst Corp. located in New York either doesn't care or is unaware how bad things are here.
This station is a solid third place shop, as managers drag the the station down to number 4.
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – Orlando – September 18, 2017
Management is unbelievably poor. Employees show up late or don't do their work and there is no accountability. The worst part is management has no touch with reality when dealing with their employees. Had us working ridiculous hours. The pay is super cheap for the amount of work we do. Rarely promoted within the company. Would never recommend working here. The only thing good about this company is the health benefits.
Bad management, low pay, inflexible, cheap, hostile work environment
Floor Director/Camera Operator (Former Employee) – Louisville, KY – August 31, 2017
I was a floor director, I loved what I did, designing shots that aired on live TV, also working with the anchors. They simply did not pay enough I would have loved to advance, but I need to worry about my family.
Newscast Director (Current Employee) – Jackson, MS – August 13, 2017
A typical day at WAPT in Jackson is slow as we start each day with an hour long meeting, but that's no issue because it quickly starts as we record Promos, Webcasts, and newscasts in the following 4 hrs. The biggest draw back about the job is how slow upper management drags their feet once an employee quits or is fired. We usually go at least 3 months before filling a position, it takes at least a month for them to even post the job the position online. I have been working 6 and 7 day weeks for over 3 months because of the slow moving hiring process.
Management is incredibly kind & understanding
Constant hiring freezes, lower pay than competition
Overall, Hearst is an amazing company to work for, however KSBW can use some major improvement. KSBW is extremely cheap and you wont get the pay you deserve. Overall management could be a lot better. If you are not in management, you will not only be known as, "the help" but also treated as the help. You will not get acknowledgement from anybody, so don't look for high praises. The station manager is out of touch with his employees and should no way be a leader.
If media is not your career, then do not work here. If you want to work in media and gain media experience or work at a place that will make your resume look good, then this is the place for you.
Hearst Corporate is a company with a heart, and micro manages.
Production Manage / Design Director (Current Employee) – New Orleans, LA – June 3, 2017
The human aspect is fairly dysfunctional. The physical plant is fair to good. Excellent benefits. This is a successful broadcast facility, yet it is filled with malcontent and under experienced management. Upper management is self-serving, often tasking employees with personal projects. Corporate management is old school and cookie cutter.
Low pay, combined with dismal annual increases plus a low esteem workplace.
Account Executive (Former Employee) – USA – April 13, 2017
Can only speak for the location that I worked at, but if you enjoy being micromanaged and completely ignored, then this might just be the organization to work for. Upper management does not relate with staff members. For a television station that is supposed to serve the community, their lacking participation in anything that is not their own idea was extremely disappointing. Egos a-plenty. And having direct contact with the GSM on a day to day basis, I can attest that despite her years of experience, she is completely out of touch with the day to day working of her employees and gives no support.
Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) – Needham, MA – April 5, 2017
Great workplace with a friendly community. There is plenty to learn but everyone is helpful in teaching you as your ability to do your job well eases theirs. Management is very productive and hands on and more often than not do what they can do to assist you.