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Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine, formerly in print and currently online. It was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), with a presence in nearly every medium.

Jamie Lee Curtis Taete for Vice shared his experience visiting the Playboy mansion, "A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the Playboy Mansion for a screening of that new Jennifer Lopez/Jason Statham movie, Parker. The screening was held in the drawing room. Here's an exclusive sneak preview of it. This is from a scene where, SPOILER ALERT!!!!, Jason Statham hits someone with something.

Right after I took this picture, I whispered something to the girl sitting next to me and a guy wearing a suit with Converse shoes came over and told me off for being too loud. A suit with Converses is my least favorite look ever. Do you have any idea how humiliating it is to be yelled at by someone wearing an outfit that was last acceptable on Tom Green at the 2003 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards? Horrifying. I started to notice how crappy everything was. Am I an idiot for thinking the mansion would be nice? I figured it would at least be a little bit fancy. That was the main reason I'd wanted to visit—I'm gay, btw. Wait, are straight people even into the women in Playboy anymore? Or did that stop in the 90s? How does Playboy still exist now that the internet exists? Who on Earth is buying the magazine? The kind of person who wears a suit with Converse, probably.

When I found out I was going to the Playboy Mansion, "steal a towel" went straight to the top of my mental to-do list. But look at these fucking things. I was expecting plush Egyptian-cotton thingies with the Playboy logo embroidered on them. My towels are nicer than this, and I found one of mine on a train. Fuck, is "the towels weren't nice enough to steal" an actual complaint I just made? Gross."

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Director (Former Employee) says

"unfortunately, leadership put the brands into the hands of amateurs and terrible "leaders" who don't know what they're doing. they have created a work environment that's competitive, stressful, and not collaborative."

Waitress (Former Employee) says

"Unusual working environment, long hours, not a good work/home balance. Contractual promises not met or dealt with. No leadership lack of management or job progression. Cons: employee"

Senior Retouch Artist (Former Employee) says

"worst place I have ever worked. Playboy Magazine Beverly Hills. Cons: toxic environment, un qualified employees"

Worker bee (Current Employee) says

"Rebranding and not sure about culture. Relaxed work environment. Most enjoyable part of the job are the employees at PlayboyTV. Seem to be heading in a direction. Cons: re-branding and confusion."

Managing Director, Licensing and Marketing (Former Employee) says

"poor management - conflicting messages, held back projects , lack of leadership, lack of tie in with media business, was not a healthy environment only due to poor management - and neither of them are there anymore."

Accounts Payable Specialist (Former Employee) says

"A typical day at work was great, but no interaction with co-workers. I loved my job and I love what I do, it was just too far of a commute 2 hours to get to work and 2 1/2 hours to get home. My managers would not let me come in early to leave early. Cons: Parking was not good."

Executive Assistant (Former Employee) says

"There is no such thing as a typical work day. The motto is Work Hard, Play Hard and that pretty much sums up the culture. Management is really open and always willing to give advice. Most enjoyable part is heading down to the bar after a work day and commiserating with your colleagues. Cons: Benefits, opportunity to advance."

Freelance Writer (Former Employee) says

"What can I say? I wrote freelance articles about video games, robots, and technology for Playboy, I never met my editors in person, and while the pay was decent, it never turned into a full time thing. Glad to have the work at the time, but when the freelance budget tanked, you never heard from people again."

Photo (Former Employee) says

"Working at Playboy was one of the best experiences I've had. I couldn't expect much more for a first job out of college. My bosses were great the only thing that was a problem was the pay. Pay was horrible and they expect you to be ok with it because theres a bar on the second floor and a barista every week."

Director (Former Employee) says

"When I first joined it was a company that stood for something. It was genuinely a wonderful place to work. At the end unfortunately the management was only interested in scratching their own back, not the health of the company. Company got rid of a lot of people with real experience and kept people that didn’t know anything about the brand. This is why it is not doing so well. A senior manager even hired their own wife who never had a job before to replace an extraordinary employee who worked there for 10+ years. Assistants moved up to management because of their relationships with others"

Secretary to Director of Retail Sales (Former Employee) says

"Don't really remember, it's been a long time since I've worked there. Had one boss and he was very demanding. The support staff wasn't very helpful. Hardest part of the job was trying to figure out what was needed. Cons: Wasn't instructed on what needed to be done."

Executive Security Officer (Former Employee) says

"Fun place to work. Everyday was something different. Professional crew to work with. A unique working location. Not an easy position to obtain. Cons: Pay"

Video Editor (Current Employee) says

"Not many work environments are like playboy. Here you get to see and talk about stuff you would not even be able to mention any other place. It's flexible and relaxed but no real room for improvement or ranking up."

Art Director (Former Employee) says

"Cool culture and the brand has a rich history but everyday we received surprises from corporate. Our teams were always anxiety-ridden from the day I started because nobody knew the fate of the magazine after rebranding. We had no job stability. From what I hear, 6 months after layoffs, that is still the case."

Audio Engineer (Former Employee) says

"A typical day started by navigating the zoo animals running wild on the property to set up audio, lighting, or stage equipment for the various events held on site. The hardest part of the job was the down-time when events were not held as frequently. Cons: Lapses in available work"

Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer says

"I worked at Playboy full-time for more than a year Cons: Very toxic work environment, very unexperienced employees in managerial positions, unhelpful HR department, no work-life balance, hypocritical and not a team oriented at all company, dog eat dog culture, unnecessary drama on a daily basis. Overall, the worst job I've ever had."

Former Employee - Manager says

"I worked at Playboy full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Private Equity calling the shots, gross favoritism"

Former Employee - Executive Assistant says

"I worked at Playboy full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Hypocritical, disrespectful environment. Favoritism."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Playboy full-time for more than a year Cons: The office is half empty. It seems that every other week someone, or a whole group, is terminated. Staffs are cut, budgets are slashed yet near impossible production expectations are maintained. It's clear that the parent company cares little about the company or the employees. VP management and above strut around the office like peacocks and enjoy celebrity like perks. However they provide little to no direction, and often front line employees are blamed for the failures when they follow said direction. The company lurches from one directive to the next as the VPs come up with the next great idea. Middle management has devolved from working together to sniping each other and not cooperating to further the standing of their VP. Operationally the company is in shambles. Many employees need to work huge amounts of overtime weekly with little or no appreciation shown. It's not uncommon to see workers putting in twelve hour days and working weekends until they are literally making themselves sick. Add to that a low salary level that is supposed to be made up with a bonus structure. In my time I've seen two bonuses paid, one six months late. The bonus structure is not open, and has not been paid in almost a year. The general consensus is that it doesn't actually exist anymore."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Playboy full-time Cons: Once Manwin purchased the entertainment division, they started making poor decisions that went from bad to worse. You are constantly put into positions where you are forced to make an uncomfortable contractual choice and demanded to never ask questions about the "numbers" or where certain values come from (or disappear to)."

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"I have been working at Playboy Cons: since hef sold out the employees are getting screwed out of their severance packages, long long time employees who built this magazine just treated like crap. hef got his so i guess he no longer cares about the rest of us no wonder we are all looking for jobs"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Playboy part-time for more than 10 years Cons: No need to spend money I like This job"

Former Employee - Bunny Valet says

"I worked at Playboy full-time for less than a year Cons: sell you a dream Judge you on everything reviews and lame excuses why you dont pass horrible Shifts no sleep 20 min break management dont care"

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"I have been working at Playboy Cons: Incompetent leadership. Poor communication from management. No real direction; management seems to just throw several different ideas/plans at the wall to see which ones might stick."

Former Employee - N/A says

"I worked at Playboy full-time Cons: toxic, backstabbing work environment."

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