Encyclopædia Britannica
2.6 of 5 9 reviews
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Jorge Cauz

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Old company new tricks

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsHigh work ethic, good values, good new products

    ConsDifficult being a publisher nowdays

    Advice to Senior ManagementMatch 401k
    Getter better sales management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Combine staff social dysfunction, inert HR, and some severely hubristic individuals=meanness, rudeness, even harassment

    Associate Editor (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe job duties of an encyclopeda editor are a dream to some. There are some very nice, smart people.

    ConsEditorial management does not want want to get involved in HR matters, neither does HR. I was being harassed by someone who was putting a clear, odorless lubricant-type substance in my cube for more than six months. I reported it to HR after a few weeks of it, they said I needed to document it, which could only be done with corroboration in touching it. My supervisor helped me for a while and then got tired of it. I was treated like I was exaggerating an insignificant problem. I was asked by an editorial manager, "What do you want us to do about it, sleep here by your cube?" The point was that management should have figured out a way to help me. Instead they left me alone to deal with it.

    I was also treated rudely, meanly, and dismissively by some of the other workers. I have never been treated so poorly in a professional setting. It was shocking. I also found out there is a major gossip circuit there. It is a sick/ill work environment and now I know why so many people keep their heads down there (in addition to being socially unskilled).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to let the employees know that they can come to you if they are being mistreated by other employees. Editorial management is not human resources management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This industry is dying, like all of their print did.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsFlexible work schedule and nice people.

    ConsThe VP is a head strong stubborn bully.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house from the top down. There are people that are clearly abusing their seniority as well as their popularity within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Good Value

    Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood people, good work-life balance

    Conssalary growth has been sluggish

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Trapped in the past

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsDecent work / Life balance

    ConsManagement has no idea on path company should be on
    Management has poor skill set and no strategic plans for company
    To much favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire quality people and give them the autonomy to do their jobs.
    Address high turnover rate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    digging its own grave

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosflexible hours and great employees

    Consno communication from management down
    probably lowest base salary in the field

    Advice to Senior Managementrespect your employees. without that and the extreme low morale...people will continue to leave

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wikipedia has nothing to fear

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people are nice, perhaps nice to a fault. Casual dress, absolutely no pressure to produce. Perfect environment for a slacker.

    ConsCommunication from the top down is abhorrent. Minimum vacation days, no accountability for those who do not perform. The strong employees carry the inept.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou must begin to think as if you are working to become a top flight company instead of a company that treads water.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Britannica Beware

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people are what makes Britannica special. Also, dress code is very casual. For the most part you can come and go with what schedule works for you. If you are in certain depts. you could possibly worl part time or work from home.

    ConsManagement is non communicative, leadership is non existent. The morale is way down to the low sales numbers. Each year they change territories are how the regions are set up...can be very frustrating. Do not match on your 401K.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop flip flopping on what they want to do. Be supportive. Inspire us to want to do better not make us fearful.

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    Challenging but satisfying

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New Delhi (India)

    ProsOpportunity to prove your skill and creativity

    ConsAt times too much office politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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