Imagination Publishing Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Truly values employees. If you are a positive person, you will love it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -New projects to work on all the time
    -Great, friendly coworkers
    -Opportunities to move up

    Cons

    As with any company, there are a few negative people that find a reason to complain (about anything...not just work related). But, overall, this is a company that is interested in it's employees, tries to maintain work-life balance, and is a fun/creative place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Look to interns for FT positions. Continue to give people true autonomy.

  2. Imagination In Flux

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing

    Pros

    - A lot of great people who do way more than they're compensated for
    - Open friendly work environment
    - Great place to learn and hone skills in Content Marketing

    Cons

    - Management is out of touch with the people, times and is disorganized
    - Low compensation for work

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees. The structure and processes at Imagination are "in flux" and need help! No one really understands how the company is organized. This lack of organization hurts employees understanding of how they should work and/or communicate with other departments.

  3. Great place to start, but had to move on to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to get a start in the industry; good work/life balance; great client list

    Cons

    Difficult for long-term growth potential; opportunities to contribute cross-functionally not always encouraged; top talent is not always nurtured because salary/titles come with so many politics

    Advice to Management

    recognize top talent and make sure those people don't get recruited to greener pastures

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Resume builder, nothing more

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagination Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, amazing coworkers, decent benefits.

    It's a great place to gain experience at an entry level. You'll work hard and learn a lot. You'll be given a ton of responsibility that should probably be given to someone more experienced than you, but it's a great resume-builder nonetheless.

    Cons

    As much as the leadership team seems to not want to admit, the company has no direction. In the two years I worked there, the company vision completely changed twice. It made it very difficult for employees to feel secure in their future at the company. On top of that, the humiliating and dishonest way recent layoffs were carried out has permanently affected morale and created a constant feeling of unease (which leadership and HR continued to provoke by prefacing emails or meetings with "Don't worry, this isn't a bad meeting–I promise!"). And many are still wondering how "eliminated positions" in the layoffs were listed as job openings in the following weeks. For a leadership team that prides itself on being open and honest, something is not quite adding up.

    The dwindling number of employees combined with the "say yes to anything the client asks" mentality left us all grasping for straws to find hours and people to get the work done. It forced employees in one department to report to a manager in a different department, who has no connection to the work they do or their career goals. It's made an already complicated management structure even more counterproductive, contributing to the huge problem of unclear career paths.

    The sad fact is, Imagination is just a good place to develop skills for a couple years. When you realize there's nothing more for your career to gain, you'll move on and be replaced with someone else in their 20s who is willing to accept 30k/year. The even sadder fact is that this seems to be Jim and the leadership team's business plan. With the company's limited investment in its employees, they aren't going to stick around long.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for your employees' input. Do 360 reviews. Make your employees feel valued and reward them with bonuses and promotions (not Starbucks gift cards). Give actual holiday bonuses ($100 is a joke). Stop the ridiculous favoritism. Invest in helping your employees grow.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Comapay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Factory in Toledo, Ozark, MO
    Current Employee - Factory in Toledo, Ozark, MO

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom from the management team

    Cons

    Logistics too hard to bring in materials

    Advice to Management

    Help the young

  7. Helpful (2)

    Friendly culture, good place to get real world experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Editor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Media Editor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, young vibe. Very talented people as far as digital goes

    Cons

    Still a cubicle type job, not a whole lot on interdepartmental communication, and room for upward mobility is limited.

  8. Well known, diverse client base to get foundational work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Analytics Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Web Analytics Strategist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Imagination Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Young company, fun culture. Decent office layout in an up-and coming neighborhood

    Cons

    Leadership lacks any clear vision for the future. . . classic case of old school thinking of management, and the disconnect with the young millenial workforce

    Advice to Management

    Performance management is a clear issue. Top performing employees were undervalued and gave pretty mediocre "perks" like a $10 gift card to Starbucks. Really?

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great agency internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Imagination Publishing as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun office culture, friendly and knowledgable coworkers, diverse clients/interesting projects, opportunities for growth (especially for self-starters). During my internship, I had the opportunity to work on projects for a number of different clients, and I was able to take on more responsibilities over time.

    Cons

    The company was/is growing and evolving quickly, so there were some growing pains. At times, there seemed to be a lack of communication between different departments - work seemed to be siloed and teams tended to not collaborate.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Just OK for an intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Editorial Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Editorial Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Imagination Publishing as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work wasn't bad and the environment was ok.

    Cons

    The people are so boring and it has an abnormally high turnaround for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a more exciting work atmosphere. Maybe get people to talk to each other.

  11. Helpful (2)

    So Much Potential, So Little Action

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Imagination Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with some of the most talented, hard-working, collaborative and personable people you will meet in your career. Unfortunately, they will all be incredibly undervalued.

    Cons

    There is a lack of company vision, transparency, support from upper management, fair compensation, career opportunities, land earning opportunities. There is a larger turnover than anything I have ever imagined or experienced and it is not seen to be any sort of odd situation or time to rethink things.

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