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Essence Communications Reviews

Updated 13 November 2018
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  1. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essence Communications as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to make connections. Also Black Girl Magic Headquarters

    Cons

    Time Inc. could have organized more group projects to present to the company.


  2. "Great team of editors"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The editors are wonderful to work with, very supportive and knowledgeable. They are always willing to listen to story pitches, as long as you have proven yourself as a good writer.

    Cons

    It is very hard to start writing for the print edition, which we are all striving for. It’s difficult to get your foot in the door.

    Advice to Management

    You should consider giving opportunities to new writers for the print edition. They could bring new perspectives and fresh story ideas.

  3. "Executive Assistantant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Essence Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company gave me a great opportunity to advance my skill set. Very project oriented environment and the management team worked close with the staff. Best work experience I ever had.

    Cons

    I worked there for 18 years. It was very hard to get an official management position before I left.

    Advice to Management

    You should look within your staff to promote. You trained many good people, but you tend to overlook them.


  4. "its not the right place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Noida (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Essence Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nothing, food, less work, less time, no tax paying

    Cons

    dirty politics, low salary, work is acknowledged

    Advice to Management

    manage a hierarchy


  5. "Ad Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 2D & 3D Motion Graphic Designer, 3D Event Designer in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - 2D & 3D Motion Graphic Designer, 3D Event Designer in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good working enviromet Great Creative Team

    Cons

    Less work in 2d & 3d Design


  6. "Digital"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essence Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Got to pitch and write various news stories. The staff is absolutely amazing, Def a family environment and great snacks from top executives every Friday. Great structure

    Cons

    The boss worked with was a diva. You work hard to please but everyday their attitude was different

    Advice to Management

    Some staff are included in the magazine but it makes others feel as if they are not worthy. You should rotate and not use your same favorites


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essence Communications full-time

    Pros

    ESSENCE is well known in the industry and is great to have on your resume. Lots of perks including meeting celebrities and being at the hub of music, fashion and entertainment if that's your thing.

    Cons

    CATTY CATTY CATTY! Professionalism goes straight out the door in certain departments and its almost embarrassing that grown women can be so petty. Also, they promise a lot more than than can offer ( advancement, salary, etc) so come in with a personal plan and execute.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should have people skills.

  8. "Essence of Being Workshops"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Miami, FL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Essence Communications (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The most rewarding job imaginable. One has the opportunity to socialize with the cream of the crop of human beings while being a valuable part of the beautiful transformations which take place for them. Gratifying to the highest extent possible.

    Cons

    An enormous workload of endless phone calls having to do with enrollment into the courses and the logistics for the weekend events. VERY time consuming (while still very valuable and enjoyable). Must be a real people person with people skills in order to do well.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for persevering and continuing to offer these brilliant classes which are so beloved and respected in the various cities in which they take place. I am so proud to be associated with Essence of Being (EOB)!


  9. "Excellent Experience"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to the President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to the President in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essence Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic group of people, always making the impossible happen, led by the President, one of the most dynamic women I've met to date. She is completely hands on and cares about the people working with her. Feels like family with a purpose.

    Cons

    Working miracles with minimal staff. So much more could be accomplished if there were more staff on board.

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone motivated with more perks and acknowledgements.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Image is everything; substance sometimes falters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essence Communications full-time

    Pros

    The teams are very dedicated to nurturing and promoting the brand as the premier publication for African American women. They work very hard and are loyal overall.

    Cons

    There is definitely an underlying political power struggle because the company leader has created an environment of ultimate control. You are either one of "her people" or an outcast.

    Advice to Management

    Stop leading by tacit fear and stop worrying about advancing your agenda and legacy. Think about being more fair and open to ideas that may not always put you in the most favorable light.