Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

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Intellectually stimulating, congenial office culture

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Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD

I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

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

Pros

The work is interesting and usually different--not much repetition. Each project presents new challenges. Somewhat flexible work schedules are available. Very congenial and collaborative culture. Promotions are handled fairly and logically. Good work-life balance.

Cons

Company seems to be perpetually in a transitional state--seems to lack a consistent vision or plan for the future, which makes discerning management's overall goals difficult at times. Even though there are a great variety of challenges, there is a culture of trying to solve everything with only a handful of limited solutions. It's extremely hard to tell what the company values, beyond profit. Pay is not great, but then again no one goes into publishing to get rich.

Advice to Management

Encourage employees to be more pragmatic and creative problem-solvers. Communicate goals clearly and consistently. Articulate more comprehensive vision for future (i.e., qualitatively in addition to quantitatively). What are the company's values?

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

Apr 9, 2014Human Resources Manager

Thank you for your review; I truly enjoyed reading it! I'm happy to hear that you are finding your work challenging, as well as finding your colleagues congenial and collaborative.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    You get what you pay for

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    Current Employee - Editor, Acquisitions
    Current Employee - Editor, Acquisitions

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    This is one of the few book publishers in the Washington DC area. It is easy to get a foot in the door at RLPG and move up quickly. Very useful for gaining experience in the industry.

    Cons

    Very high turnover in most departments. The pay is very low and the benefits are not adequate. The salary increase that accompanies promotions is negligible and the annual raises are not much. A lot is expected for very little return and the result is predictable. Employees leave or stop caring.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that turnover will not slow down until you compensate your employees adequately for their work. Do not expect one employee to do the work of three people. Provide incentives to meet goals. Right now the reward for reaching a particular goal is additional work and no other recognition.

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

    Apr 28, 2014Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your review. You mention several concerns around our compensation and benefits plan; after five years of service, I'm willing to be you've had the opportunity to develop a lot of insight ... More

  2. Great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor, Production in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor, Production in Lanham, MD

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work environment

    Cons

    Not the best paying salary out there.

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

    Apr 9, 2014Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your review. I'm always happy to hear that my colleagues are enjoying a flexible schedule and work environment, as I believe both are important to the long-term success of both ... More

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