Gleim Publications
3.9 of 5 8 reviews
www.gleim.com Gainesville, FL 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 16, 2014

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    Great job for a young professional but not necessarily a long term career destination.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsFree Pretzels and soda. generally positive office moral.
    I feel like management really does want sales people to do well.
    Possible to make it into a career if your into sales. Many people at Gleim are long term and are doing well for themselves.
    Management are good people.

    ConsHours were not to my liking. I'd prefer to go in earlier and get home at a decent hour. I usually had to work till after 7pm.
    Company is a bit flat which isn't terrible. If you're new it can seem like everyone at the company has different management position and your just the new person.
    It can get very repetitive in sales. Often times it seems like sales rates are more a product of time of the year then anything else.
    More important then # of sales, management wants sales people to have high call #'s. Pretty sure the sales peoples sales are just a small drop in the bucket vs sales Website. They want us to drive business by making calls at a high rate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a little more transparent with employees. Understandably some decisions have to be made without group input but its annoying to find out you are being moved to a new office via email the next day without a heads up or any discussion. Small stuff like that adds up.

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

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    Web Developer (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsIt is a good place to work. As a new graduate student, I can learn much new technology.

    ConsThe salary is not competitive. Bu living fee in Gainesville does not require much.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to gain experience and obtain certifications.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsFlexible, great SEP, right sized, plenty of opportunity to lead projects, and obtain certifications.

    ConsSmall company=small opportunity for advancement. Geared around high turnover of soon to be graduates gaining experience and then moving on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain schedule flexibility, continue encouragement of obtaining certifications, add some benefit flexibility (choices to fit individual needs), and be more open with employees about vision/future/success&failures of company, e.g., sales data over time and position with competitors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellence Place to learn as student or RCG

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    Pros-For students in technical fields, Gleim is great place to be. They understand that all developers need time to learn new technologies and are happy to accommodate the process by purchasing books, etc.
    -You can just walk down the hall to ask any other engineer for help. Everyone is always very friendly.

    Cons-Low quality and outdated equipment. The computers are old, CRT monitors are the norm, and the desks are picnic tables.
    -The politics pf the office are incorrigible. The best thing to do is to keep your head down and do your work. While seemingly encouraged, input on process and policy changes can get you onto the bad side of management very quickly.
    -Lack of requirements. For software projects, you will be given an extremely vague specification or drawing and asked to implement it. You have to intuit most of the details on your own. Management will ask you to change it somehow. Expect this process to repeat a few times.

    Advice to Senior Management-Spending money on better equipment would greatly improve developer morale and productivity. Monitors and computers are dirt cheap these days.

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    Relaxed Environment

    Test Prep Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    Pros--Flexible work hours
    --Friendly people
    --Low stress

    Cons--Mediocre compensation
    --Little room for advancement

    Advice to Senior Management--Opportunities for leadership experience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place for Students.

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsFlexible hours are great for students.

    Small company culture: friendly (non-competitive) atmosphere and employees are generally given a lot of ownership of projects and leeway in tools and methods.

    Hourly wages mean overtime pay. In addition, after 3 years, you are vested into a profit sharing program which typically pays a 14-15% annual tax-free bonus into an IRA.

    If you don't have a lot of experience or schooling, they may be more willing to give you a chance. I have known several people who started their careers here and gone on to big name companies.

    No cubicles -- usually 2 employees will share 1 office.

    ConsPay could be better, but is fine for a student. If you are full-time, overtime and profit sharing may make up the difference -- if you are allowed to work overtime and after you are vested for profit sharing.

    Health benefits are virtually non-existent: if you qualify as a "career" (full-time) employee, you get $1.50 an hour that can be applied pre-tax to health costs, and pocket the rest after tax. Again, great for students who are single and can get a group policy through school or are covered by their parents' policy. But, most students will not qualify as "career". Full-time employees will have to be young and single and healthy enough for $3000 a year to be enough for private insurance and deductibles, or rely on a working spouse's benefits.

    Management is notoriously frugal. Your workstation will likely be several years old. The monitor will probably be an even older CRT.

    You may not close office doors. Frequently management will choose to place employees with unrelated functions in the same office. This can be vexing; for example, you may find yourself in a situation where an office-mate is doing phone support with a customer while you are trying to track down a nasty bug. You will hear conversations up and down the halls since all doors must be open. So: be good at focusing despite distractions, or work nights.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better equipment. Allow the office doors to be shut. Provide health care and salaries that adults find appealing and maybe you will find you attract a more mature work force and greatly reduce turn-over.

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    Gleim Puublications: A great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsCasual, comfortable environment. Of course, the best reason is that the office is in the best city in the world, Titletown USA, Gainesville, Florida!

    ConsIn the sales department, cold calls are required, and you must have the right personality to be able to make cold calls. As far as benefits go, this is a small company, and the benefits reflect as much. For a young single person, the health insurance provided is great, but not so much for someone with a family. The pay is not bad considering the cost of living in a college town, but again, for someone with a family, it may not be as much as you could get somewhere else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, good experience.

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Gainesville, FL

    ProsOn the job learning prepares students for the real world. They are very flexible and expose you to a variety of new professional experiences. They allow proven employees a great deal of latitude in presenting solutions to problems and choosing how to solve problems. The environment is fast paced. Many students work there part time, and the teamwork environment is fostered quite strongly. They are located not far from the University of Florida, and they pay well and are very understanding. They require hard work and commitment, and are picky about who they hire.

    ConsNone. They are a good company to work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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