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Stable work, but not pushing you to your limits

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

I worked at SAGE Publications full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Stable work and the company values keeping its employees around happy. Strong culture, great vision for the CEO. For those who are production oriented, it can be a very predictable in a good way. Many systems in place to manage workflow, and you have ample opportunity to lean on your colleagues when you need help. Tons of learning seminars and opportunities to learn more about the industry, the company itself, basic software functions, and even self-improve on work traits. Free lunches on Fridays are a favorite among the staff and the company believes in bonuses and rewarding its employees with occasional fun events even when business is down. Generally a positive place to work and located in an area that's nice to raise a family if you don't mind living out in Ventura County.

Cons

For those who are not production oriented and perhaps require more creativity and variety, you can get bored. Some departments have a passive aggressive culture that stems from attitudes like "This is how we've always done it" and "You need to do your time in order to get respect around here." It's not usually stated so frankly, but a little digging beneath the surface and that's how some people treat newer employees. There is sometimes also a perception that "new" equals "more work" and that can impede creativity and innovation when individuals cross-functional teams want to rest on the laurels of "what they did last year."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more employee-focused when it comes to career development. Be wary of roles that lock your employees into a career corner. Squash the "...but we did it last year" mentality and the "...you need to do your time" subtle attitude that lingers in some departments. Don't make aggressive company acquisitions unless you are positive you can reach your revenue goals in worst-case environment scenarios.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAGE Publications full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and company wide culture

    Cons

    bad management and work environment in Finance Departtment

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    Poor work-life balance, too much re-organization, lack of innovation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at SAGE Publications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sage is known for offering good salaries and terrific benefits. The Thousand Oaks office is in a nice neighborhood in Southern California. There is a lot of global collaboration. Colleagues are nice to work with. IT and systems are very good. The content they publish is excellent!

    Cons

    The company had grown very fast in the last several years and has become very corporate and has lost the family feel it used to have. The senior management team needs to take more risks. There is a lot of nepotism and favoritism. The CEO's family members are in director-level positions and members of HR are related to the owner. The UK office is much more intellectual and innovative than the US office. The company has a serious pace issue--people at all levels are overworked and are fearful of saying anything. An internal climate survey was conducted by C-level management that showed pace was a key issue, but nothing has been done to help the situation. Many employees have gone on "mediical leave" related to stress and pressure. The marketing strategies are outdated and they continue to do the same things over and over, year after year. The website is the same as it was in 2005! The Corwin imprint continues a decline in sales yet they continue to invest it in it which takes away from expenses that could go toward other things. HR is very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks. Don't promote managers to senior level positions if those managers have had a lot of complaints about them in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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