BioMed Central Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    BioMed Central

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere Range of journals to work on Approachable and caring management team Good graduate jobs in a variety of areas

    Cons

    Low salary, particularly starting salary Limited staff benefits Communication can be poor in certain areas, particularly internal comms.

    Advice to Management

    Look into raising starting salary and making BioMed Central a more competitive and attractive prospect for new graduates or people looking to move into the publishing industry.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great people, great philsophy (open access, customer service inclined)

    Cons

    minimum pay in comparison with other imprints


  3. Helpful (3)

    Good working environment but salary is low and little chance to progress in company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time

    Pros

    The working environment is good and the co workers are friendly. This makes for a good atmosphere in the office.

    Cons

    The salary is relatively low and there is little chance to progress within the role or the company, which in the long-term isn't very motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities to progress, improve the salary situation as well as the communication within the company (or between departments). That way people would be more inclined to stay with the company instead of progressing in their job by moving elsewhere.


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  5. Good stepping stone into Online Publishing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Editor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BioMed Central

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Young staff, nice work environment and a friendly place to work. A great place to start if you're looking for a way to get into the Online STM Publishing world.

    Cons

    Low pay, high staff turnover, poor career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining staff is key to prevent knowledge drain. As pay across the board is generally well below the industry average there needs to be an incentive for staff to stay. Real opportunities for development would be the only thing you could offer as compensation for such a low salary. Lack of FTEs was also always an issue here, maybe things have changed now but what I have mentioned above would definitely have an impact on this. BMC must have spent a LOT on recruitment over the years when this money could have probably been properly channelled into the existing staff.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Little room for career progression and terrible pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BioMed Central

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

    Pros

    A young vibrant company with friendly staff, many fresh from university. Good for gaining experience in the Science publishing industry. Flexibility with working hours.

    Cons

    Many staff are frustrated with the low salaries and disillusioned with the lack of career development. The reason for the company being so young is due to the high turnover of staff; most tend to be university leavers who get experience and move on. Little is done to retain talent. My two plus years there saw very little change in wage on an already low salary despite a very large increase in work and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    More needs to be done to reward staff for their hard work - pay does not reflect work nor the high living costs of London.


  7. Helpful (1)

    I had various roles within the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BioMed Central

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice people Flexible hours More parties than other companies - summer party, x'mas party, party after BMC day... Competitive benefits

    Cons

    Salary is a joke No opportunities for progression The company does not want to give trainings, and if they give any trainings, it will only be useful to the company, you cannot move out, you're stuck in BMC as you don't get skills that are useful for other publishers No technical skills gained for your role, in almost every department (editorial, operations, etc...) you only learn soft skills or customer service skills. The same problems happen everyday, but no one knows what to do Too much work!

    Advice to Management

    Don't bother, they won't listen!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ridiculously low salaries

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BioMed Central

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For scientists fresh from the academia looking to get hired and start a career in scientific editing/publishing, BioMed Central could provide an opportunity to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Very low salaries. With very few exceptions, the jobs offered to PhD- and postdoc-level scientific editors in journals of this publisher involve little intellectual challenge and opportunity to develop.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees also have the right to earn money.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company, need to up the pay to industry standard to retain staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Editor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun young and friendly staff, good opportunites for skill development, flexible hours, great / work life balance, some opportunities for company travel, good holiday allowances, good office culture and core values

    Cons

    Little opportunity for progression within department, no bounses available / benefits not particularly good, wage low compared to rest of industry

    Advice to Management

    Raise the wage to avoid losing staff, create more opportunities for advancement


  10. Helpful (2)

    Young company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Friendly and helpful colleagues and relaxing working environment - Excellent work-life balance - Can work at flexible times - Simple and rather flat structure - Open to new ideas

    Cons

    - Limited career progression - The salary may be lower than other competitors - Relatively high staff turn-over rate - Communication from senior management to junior staff is limited

    Advice to Management

    Reward high-performing staff to retain talents


  11. Helpful (5)

    Good way to gain experience when straight out of uni- but not much room for progression.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    they offer in-house training in things such as project management and time keeping, a great way to gain experience when straight of uni, good staff parties in the summer and christmas, friendly in-house team

    Cons

    salary is a lot lower than other similar jobs with competitors, not much room to progress, high turnover in some departments, most staff use the company for experience and then move on after 3-4 years.

    Advice to Management

    They need to have a look at salaries and bring them more in line with other competitors are offering. Offer more incentive for people to stay and offer more opportunity to progress.



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