Corporate Culture: CMP Media, LLC

By Posnock, Susan Thea | Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management, July 1, 2002 | Go to article overview
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Corporate Culture: CMP Media, LLC


Posnock, Susan Thea, Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management


Byline: Susan Thea Posnock

portfolio: The high-tech and healthcare business-to-business media company has nearly 40 magazines including InformationWeek, CRN and Network Computing. Other products include newsletters, Internet products, research, custom publishing and trade shows. Owned by British-based United Business Media, the company has been hit hard by the tech slump, with layoffs - including 30 last month - a major contributor in whittling staff down to about 1,800 from about 2,700 in April 2001.

location: The corporate headquarters are in Manhasset, New York, with other offices in San Francisco, New York City and other locations throughout the country.

word on the company: With all the layoffs and changes over the last few years, it is "collaborate or die," as workers have to do more with less. That has its positive aspects, as the company focuses on "employee empowerment" and doesn't have a real "closed door old boys' network." Employees say there is tremendous interaction among staffs and even different offices. The environment has been changed recently, by more than just the downturn. Since being sold by the Leeds family in 1999, an employee says, "it's kind of morphed from this real close-knit family environment," into one that is "more corporate."

atmosphere: Workers show up in everything from casual to business suits, "as there is no hard and fast dress code." In the Manhasset office, it is all offices and no cubicles.

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