Springer Science + Business Media

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Difficult to move up, easy to maintain

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Current Employee - Associate Editor  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY

I have been working at Springer Science + Business Media

Pros

Springer's a great company, especially with respect to benefits (time off, sick days, health/dental/vision insurance, 401(k) matching, annual bonuses, etc.). Health insurance in particular is incredibly inexpensive and very comprehensive. Hard work is recognized - and results are rewarded.

Cons

It can be difficult to move up though, and is pretty much entirely dependent on whether or not your direct boss likes you and is willing to fight for you. Editorial is paid less than any other department, which doesn't seem fair because Springer wouldn't have a product to sell if Editorial didn't exist. Marketing and Sales get the majority of Springer's salary dollars.

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Editorial really needs to be paid better, and bonus plans should be implemented at the Associate level - especially since there is no difference between an Associate position and an Editor position, except that Associates have A LOT MORE work to do since they don't have assistants.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    On the forefront of Digital Publishing

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Springer Science + Business Media

    Pros

    Given the authority to run your own publishing program, interesting work, opportunity for travel.

    Cons

    Compensation over the last few years in terms of merit increases has been low 1-2% max for most. Signing goals and publishing goals routinely raised each year by 20% with no additional staff. Little room for advancement once you make senior editor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation on an annual basis and offer room for advancement. Strategic vision on the e-book front leads the industry, keep thinking along these lines.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    better than being unemployed

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

    I have been working at Springer Science + Business Media

    Pros

    There are a few upsides to working for Springer. There is a 35 hour work week although because of the workload is almost impossible to take advantage of but it's nice to know it's there. It's one of the very few publishers I've worked for that offers summer hours.

    Cons

    Springer has what amounts to a form of corporate welfare. There are people in almost all departments here that would have been fired or laid off in any other company for incompentancy. There are managers who have no basic understanding how their own department works and who consistently miss goals year after year yet are employed by Springer. It is both infuriating and disheartening for anyone who works hard at their job and is knowledgable within their field to have to answer to someone who works at the level of a high school intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are aware of ineptitude of within your team (and I know that you know who they are), please cut the dead weight for the sake of the team members who work hard and know what they're doing.

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