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It was a living.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

I worked at Wiley for more than a decade until I was culled along with hundreds of others last year when most of the trade publishing lines were sold for scrap. My severance was generous, and they kept me around for far longer than they really had to. For that I'm extremely grateful. I think that says a lot about the place and how they think about their employees.

I liked my time there for several reasons. I was able to do good books. Many sold. My hours were flexible, making my work-life much easier. My boss was wonderful: encouraging, understanding, innovative and, best of all, trustworthy. There was little office drama, perhaps because there's also little passion at Wiley; you do your job, and you go home. My immediate co-workers were very smart, collaborative and energized. We wanted to make our line the best it could be. Of course, they're all gone now.

If you live in NJ, the Hoboken office next to the train station makes for a great commute, and it's easy to get into the city for meetings. Wiley has a free shuttle bus from the city to make NYC and CT commutes easier. Wiley takes part in a commuter benefits program.

The cafeteria food is good, varied and reasonably priced.

Hoboken has a restaurant for every taste within a few blocks, as well as banks, drug stores and whatnot. Cake Boss is shot nearby, and Tunes remains a great music store. You can't go 50 yards without finding a bar. The only thing you can't buy within walking distance is, ironically, a book.

Cons

Vanishingly small chance for advancement. There were two promotions in my department during my time there, not counting assistants getting title changes, but no additional responsibilities. I had offers to leave, but I chose to stay because Wiley was safer in the long-term than the alternatives.

Equally small chance for a raise. There once was a very good chance to get a bonus that might make up for the former, but the bonus metrics were changed to minimize that chance. In addition, the metrics that will get you a bonus one year would then put you in a hole to make your basic metrics for the next year. Base pay is average for the industry.

Regarding the (mercifully) few incompetents, the ones who never bring a new idea to the table, who take credit for others' work, who encourage a project just shy of the point where they have to do anything for it, and who keep losing staff (even to other departments) because no one wants to work with them: they won't be fired anytime soon.

The open office plan is strangely isolating. There was, in my opinion, little opportunity and less encouragement to interact with other departments outside of meetings and formal company events. I could have tried harder, though.

A godawful amount of paperwork and layers of approval are necessary to do anything. On the one hand, it is helpful to get input from a lot of sources with different perspectives. On the other hand, the bureaucracy has a baked-in distrust of personal initiative and responsibility. Wiley is definitely one of those places where it's better to ask for forgiveness rather than for permission.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Wiley styles itself, blandly, as "the place to be." Please explain why. And for what. Use real words, not jargon.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to be.

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    Current Employee - Editorial in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Editorial in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great, smart colleagues. Best publishing house to work at in the industry. The Wiley family still plays an important role in the company -- culture is solid. Not cutthroat and hyper corporate like other publishing houses.

    Cons

    Marketing is undervalued by company leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clearly changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented colleagues; good work-life balance

    Cons

    Systems are terrible and senior management restructuring has wrought confusion and low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people, technology that works (from outside vendors) and share a clear focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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