Author Solutions Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Author Solutions CEO Andrew Phillips
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Pros
  • With Penguin Random House as our parent company, the possibilities are endless (in 7 reviews)

  • In theory, you work for Penguin Random House, which is kind of neat (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The result is a company with low pay ( (in 6 reviews)

  • There was absolutely no training, & constant change to products & company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Sales

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    Current Employee - Indiana in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Author Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    True pay for performance environment. Supportive Management at all levels. Competitive base pay and great benefits. Endless database of leads for those willing to put forth the effort.

    Cons

    Repetitive daily tasks. High stress sales pressure. Low work/life balance for Management.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop your staff at all levels; Consultants, Managers, Executives, Support.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Potential for money and stress

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    Former Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Author Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by some great co-workers and now a fairly decent management team Ability to earn great money with little to no sales experience Absolutely amazing benefits

    Cons

    Company divisions not on the same page which leads to a great deal of headache Some micro-managing for those not performing Quotas won't be attained each month Company often less than fair in their business dealings with authors

    Advice to Management

    Allow those who produce more autonomy Put production on the same page as sales Handle your bad press by changing your relationship with your authors


  3. Promotion based upon how much you suck up!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Author Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No Pro's--Horrible place to work at. LOTS of BULLY's --one sits in the Production department--she is the biggest bully of them all!!. Beware

    Cons

    They promote people not qualified for the job, not academically nor work-ethics wise...Just depends on who and how much you suck up . Management lives in their own shell(atleast IT) Underpaid and under appreciated!, very unprofessional people!> I got out after being frustrated!, you do your job, but yet they look for excuses not to promote you. Its a boy-party going on there!!.. Get out--find a better job, if you are skilled and qualified, don't waste your time here. Hated this place!!

    Advice to Management

    Get out and smell the coffee---appreciate and evaluate (actually evaluate, not hearsay). Take feedback from customers--Not only the ones in the company , you know.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Royalties Specialist

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    Current Employee - Royalties Specialist in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Royalties Specialist in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Author Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employee benefits are good. Some of my co-workers are fantastic. The commute is decent. Food vendors are available several days per week.

    Cons

    Some of my co-workers are not-so fantastic. There are no options for advancement in my department. Transfers are difficult to other departments. Lack of communication from upper-management.


  6. Low pay commesurate with expectations

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    Current Employee - Writer in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Writer in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Author Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Up front about expectations, very direct supervisor. Pay isn't great but seems to be in line with the level of responsibility of the position. Great health benefits at low-ish cost, great amount of paid time off, 401k matching after attaining certain amount of seniority.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. Supervisor tends to micromanage.


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    IT Resource

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    Former Employee - Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Author Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They were very focused on the bottom line even at the cost of integrity and character.

    Cons

    Employees were treated like commodities and they quickly burned through their reputation in each town they operated in.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst company unprofessional management trashy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None thEu could be great but they just don't get it! Southern Indiana people at their worst!

    Cons

    worst company ever! HR is run by an idiot. No degree no experience. Just really good at kissing reR ends. Trashy woman!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and fix all these problems!


  9. Biggest Mistake I Ever Made!

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    Current Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Author Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are the only pro

    Cons

    Managers are too busy chasing skirts to focus on their actual jobs. If you aren't in the clique, you are left to your own devices. Bonuses are dangled in front of your and then excuses made about why you "just miss it". Promises are made to the authors that are unrealistic and the company is money hungry. If you don't care about your reputation, this is the place for you. Could be a great place if the workers were given the tools to succeed and managers who were focusing on their jobs, and not just playing favorites with their next party favor.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees who are grumbling. There's a reason for it!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Terrible pay, horrible environment

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    Current Employee - Indiana in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have to list 5 words for pros- the only thing is benefits

    Cons

    Terrible pay, depressing nasty, dirty, and disgusting surroundings. The building itself is disgusting. The pay is the worst and substandard managers. If you like living in poverty, and have no dreams, this would be a great place for you to work.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the place, and pay your employees what they are worth, and the going rate.


  11. Helpful (4)

    The Execs suck

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellettsville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellettsville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Author Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, the hours are generally flexible to a degree.

    Cons

    Executive team would rather watch everyone struggle than hire new employees to fill voids. Which makes people have to manage more accounts, which makes them get frustrated, which makes them quit - leading to even more work for everyone else - because the executive team wont spend a dime to make things better for the employees.



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