Bedford/St. Martin's Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Flat organization, people who really care about their work and fostering new careers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Media Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reasons to work here. From early on, I was able to participate in meetings with the president and they welcomed my input.

    Cons

    You don't work in publishing for the money. Also, the transition to digital is taking its toll in terms of chaos and reorgs, but that also opens up lots of opportunities.


  2. Former Glories

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some wonderful people dedicated to education and bookmaking.

    Cons

    Awful (I mean, abysmal) management.

    Advice to Management

    Your talents would be better used cooking up the fries at McDonald's.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people but global reorganization is taking a heavy toll

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    Current Employee - Development Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bedford/St. Martin's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The editorial group is full of lively, smart people--a wonderful group of colleagues. Benefits are good. Many authors are dedicated and talented people who care deeply about improving students' lives. Working with them can be inspiring. There's room for creative thinking.

    Cons

    The current insistence that all goals be "data-driven" is maddening. Citing imaginary (or irrelevant) numbers doesn't actually prove anything in today's topsy-turvy textbook market. The company has been adding layers upon layers of upper management schooled in biz-jargon but not in U.S. college publishing. Many good people have been driven away, and more will probably go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop adding so many upper management types and instead pay attention to the frustration and stress building up in the editorial ranks where the company's strengths traditionally lie. Give people resources to accomplish what needs to be done.


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  5. Supportive environment but academic publishing can get a little dry.

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the female-dominated workplace - lots of (mostly) women in executive positions, as well as the guidance I received from my superiors. I was promoted quickly, which was partially due to happenstance. A great place to start work with an English degree, or right out of college.

    Cons

    Academic book publishing is not at all glamorous. You work with academics, not writers by trade. You will often spend more time cutting-and-pasting than you will line-editing or thinking of the big picture ideas. Ancillaries and creating supplemental materials for teachers has seemingly consumed every department.

    Advice to Management

    Great job with the mentorship style of management. If anything, trust your younger hires to experiment with social media and newer techniques of academic support/publishing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Start, Hard to Advance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In the right department, personalities really shine through and you can build a sense of family and pride in your work. Time off was always comparatively high and even EAs had a little flexibility.

    Cons

    Very slow to advance and salaries are very low--even for the area. After quite some time with the company, I couldn't bear to stay and just do grunt work until someone left.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare EAs for long stints in the trenches, but give them better indication of how long it will take to get promoted.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Professional and ethical, great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Development Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is room for independent, creative thinking at Bedford, and the company itself is always trying to innovate which can help to keep your skills up to date in what is a fast-changing industry these days. People are smart and caring and have great taste in music and books, plus lots to teach about how to deal with the problems that always come up in a business with customers. I worked there a long time; after a few years the office felt as much like home to me as my own home!

    Cons

    Sometimes the group-process approach to projects could lead editors into a quagmire of opinions and counter-opinions, slowing down the projects themselves. At other times, we (in the New York office at least) felt so isolated from the power-center in Boston that we weren't sure about current developments within the company, or would find out about them when an email went out about an issue Boston was having with something we'd never heard of. Although I worked in an office, I often felt quite isolated from my peers. (I would make a point of asking for their input on issues but understanding that everyone was very busy.)


  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The workplace is full of smart, hardworking employees.

    Cons

    Hires overqualified people and underpays them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth and they'll stay with the company.


  9. More like a family than your usual corporate workplace, for better and for worse.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    longtime employees sense of community flexible schedules inc. summer hours casual office book discounts industry respected

    Cons

    clique-y workplace difficult to implement changes scattered deadlines low starting salaries

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of stepping on higher-ups' toes to initiate necessary changes to outdated processes.


  10. A great working environment with limited potential for advancement beyond title changes.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart, friendly colleagues. Education industry.

    Cons

    Limited potential for advancement. Publishing industry salaries are low.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for real professional growth beyond title changes.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Disorganized chaos

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant
    Former Employee - Production Assistant

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Health insurance, benefits and that's about it.

    Cons

    Embarrassing salary, disorganized scheduling, very behind the times with systems, uppity and snooty co-workers, uncomfortable environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times folks. It's 2011. Bring your scheduling system(s) up to date. Boring and dull.



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