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BioMed Central Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
6 Reviews
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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Little room for career progression and terrible pay

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

    I worked at BioMed Central

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Ridiculously low salaries

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

    I worked at BioMed Central

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Your employees also have the right to earn money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun place to work but limited options for career development. Suffers from skilled-staff and knowledge haemorrhage.

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

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible starting and finishing times with a good work/life balance. An exciting place to start where you can meet a lot of great people. A great gateway into Online Publishing.

    Cons

    Poor recognition of internal talent, much lower than average salary, mediocre training and development and a high staff turnover/low retention rate due to these factors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise internal talent with better career progression/salary increase for hard-working, talented employees. Give more realistic workloads/employ more FTE's to free up time for staff to resolve issues outside of their general duties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Young company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward high-performing staff to retain talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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