Argosy Publishing Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Excellent environment - You will love to go to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Johnny Pitstop in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Johnny Pitstop in Newton, MA

    I worked at Argosy Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best corporate cultures I've found. Argosy hires free thinkers, and gives them the ability to thrive. In the past I've had dismal jobs, where the tension level is high (who hasn't?) - but you won't find that at Argosy. It's a high energy company, with colorful employees. These are people's people, very real, down to Earth, quick witted, intelligent and driven. It was a pleasure to work for Argosy.

    Cons

    For me, it was travel to and from work - but that's not really a company con... I can't think of a downside to working for Argosy.

    Advice to Management

    Never dip your pen in company ink.


  2. Incompetent management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy Publishing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company structure is pretty free, and your assignments may change by the day or hour. It keeps things interesting. Loose work hours and relaxed attire are nice too. You take on ownership of many projects. It's a good place to start out of school to build experience.

    Cons

    The whole company lives and dies by the CEO's whims. The project management is very ineffective and any steering decisions are usually what the CEO wants, whether it's a good idea or not. Schedules and user stories end up meaning nothing, and those who make the schedule have very little relevant input on ongoing projects. There are no development processes at Visible Body, it's almost all played by ear, and when something takes too long, everyone loses their jobs. There are only medical artists and engineers, and very little to no one here has experience designing modern mobile apps. Most of the senior staff/management has been working here since before the app store existed, so they bring little expertise in the area to the table. The pay is subpar. Most people who work here only seem to be here out of habit or complacency, no one really seems happy and there isn't any company culture now that half the place is empty. We also wasted half a year making mobile games, and none of the management knew at all how to make mobile games or games in general, and wouldn't listen to anyone about the matter, and continued cracking the whip anyway. Every little decision has to go through a loop of 5 people to get approved. For such a small company this is inexcusable.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of getting rid of solid workers who have been there for years, hiring recent grads for cheap, and keeping upper management that is clearly ineffective, hire people with real app development experience and let the employees who the CEO hires do their own jobs. The CEO is not an artist or a designer or a project manager, and what he wants shouldn't be taken at face value.


  3. bad management, but you will learn a lot from the project you work on.

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    Current Employee - Animator in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Animator in Newton, MA

    I have been working at Argosy Publishing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    you get to take on a project from start to finish, which allow you to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Argosy could have use a better management.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. A good experience for a couple of years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy Publishing

    Pros

    A great place to develop beginning work experience. The company provides you with opportunities for growth once you prove yourself capable of taking on more responsibility.

    Cons

    Though there are opportunities for growth, there are very few opportunities for career advancement. The company is small and therefore undergoes periods of tremendous instability.


  6. Argosy publishing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy Publishing

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Small company, can learn a lot of things. Always working on multiple and different kind of projects. very flexible work time.

    Cons

    The pay is not as much as big company. Sometimes need to do related work but not coding. I don't like Flash too much.

    Advice to Management

    Need project manager who really know technique. Need director for all projects, not design by person who was working on.



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