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Company has a great working environment.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

Pros

Good benefits, very nice people, great working environment

Cons

Low pay and too laid back.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Mixed messages - Company values people, departments don't

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    A good place to get a foot in the door, strong house with great titles, feels like both a big and little company.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance by staying in house - promotions and raises do not correlate with the workload of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a sense of personal growth for employees and also focus on the work being done instead of personal politics.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great books, great colleagues, good benefits, satisfactory workplace, low pay, long hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Management avoided layoffs during 2008 depression.

    Management is addressing new-media challenges, and being smart about it.

    Opportunity to work on fine books with first-rate authors and editors.

    Highly intelligent, experienced, and talented, and friendly colleagues.

    Civilized and respectful environment with very little backbiting or sniping.

    Good health benefits, generous personal and sick-day allowance for salaried employees, a lot of employee discount/membership perks.

    Able to purchase company stock at 15% discount. New employees are automatically enrolled in 401k; company matches 4.5% of contributions.

    Free books everywhere!!

    Cons

    Industry salaries are uniformly low, but entry-level salaries are SO low that we lose talent.

    Raises generally do not match the cost of living. No bonuses that I know of, except for upper management, and occasional discretionary corporate-wide bonuses ($500-600).

    Young staff hasn't a clue about how to manage their 401k investments.

    Management frequently rolls out new software and workflow procedures that can make working more, not less, difficult.

    At the same time, important, industry-wide software is often outdated. When software is finally updated, staff is expected to train themselves online while still maintaining workloads and deadlines.

    In editorial/production, unrelenting increases in workloads, with higher percentages of books on brutally tight deadlines. New imprints, but no new staff hires in years.

    Not too fond of the open-floor cubicle-pens and bright overhead lighting: no privacy at all, voices carry. No place to take a private phone call, such as a callback from a physician.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for entry-level talent.

    Make sure that new in-house software and workflow intended to save money and increase efficiency are truly helpful instead of making work even more difficult. Ask and LISTEN to the end-users, not just the proponents creators who don't actually have to work with their innovations.

    Recognize that staff is willing to work with new methods, but only if the new methods don't make their jobs even more difficult. Try not to impose yet another new procedure every 3-6 months.

    A lot of energy spent on in-house workflow improvements might be better directed to addressing new media, and updating and training employees in industry-wide software that will help merge traditional print and electronic media.

    When adding imprints, hire new support staff instead of piling more tasks on already overburdened staff, which is stressed to the breaking point.

    Thanks for keeping us employed during the 2008 depression. Much appreciated.

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