A Closer Look at the Top Companies
Most of us have worked for a company that, as one respondent to Publishing Executive’s “Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For” study put it, “is a god-awful place to work.” If you haven’t, you can count yourself among the lucky few. Sometimes the cause is simple: Some companies just don’t know how to treat employees. But especially today, when “do more with less” is the edict of virtually all publishing departments, burnout and feelings of under-appreciation are rampant. In companies that don’t make their employees’ happiness a priority, these feelings can spread like a plague. The companies that ranked in the top 20 of Publishing Executive’s “Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For,” however, have rated highly among their employees for overall job satisfaction and can help unhappy job-seekers see where the grass might be greener. The company profiles can also help other companies’ management see what employees consider a positive work environment and help them make improvements at their own companies.
Each company that was nominated by its employees was rated based on a number of different factors, such as pride in company performance and reputation; fairness and openness of company management; workload; and respect for employees’ personal lives, among others. The profiles below show how each company ranked for certain factors. For example, some companies ranked highest in “respect for employee personal life,” but may have ranked lower for “satisfying benefits package.”
So, depending on what your priorities are, you might find a company more appealing if it has a lower “benefits” ranking, but a higher ranking for personal-professional-life balance. Or, maybe you want a company with a great benefits package and lots of growth opportunity. The profiles below can help you evaluate each company’s performance rating in each area, as well as to see some specific reasons why employees’ felt their companies were great companies to work for.