Bedford/St. Martin's

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Bedford/St. Martin's Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
10 Reviews
3.9
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Flat organization, people who really care about their work and fostering new careers

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to Start, Hard to Advance

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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)

    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.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Pros

    The workplace is full of smart, hardworking employees.

    Cons

    Hires overqualified people and underpays them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  8.  

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

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart, friendly colleagues. Education industry.

    Cons

    Limited potential for advancement. Publishing industry salaries are low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for real professional growth beyond title changes.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized chaos

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant
    Former Employee - Production Assistant

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    An enjoyable experience

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Bedford/St. Martin's

    Pros

    Learn the ins and outs of the book world. A good working environment with knowledgeable and caring people. Would recommend.

    Cons

    Communication is key and sometimes there was a lot of miscommunication or sometimes lack there of that often set schedules back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends

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