Kalmbach Publishing Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Kalmbach Publishing is a customer-focused company that is good to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Financial in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Financial in Waukesha, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Customer focused approach to doing business; people are very nice

    Cons

    Declining financials due to print products

    Advice to Management

    Less management - more worker bees

  2. Going Down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, great co-workers

    Cons

    No training, dying medium so not good job security

    Advice to Management

    Thin out the managers that do not do anything, and reward the 'working bee' employees. There are not many people left, so boost their morale by taking on more responsibilities. Keep the transparency of the poor performance of the company.

  3. Be careful with these guys.

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    Former Employee - Staffer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Staffer in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time

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

    Pros

    They still publish magazines and have jobs, albeit low-paying ones, for editors and writers. People are generally friendly. Reasonable work-life balance is possible.

    Cons

    Low pay. Hollowed-out benefits. Rigid, cheap management that refuses to invest in modernizing their publications. Culture of mediocrity. Management tries to junior out the staff to pay as little as possible, so older employees should watch their backs and make contingency plans for their future. Management gives lip service to caring about employees (what they call the Customer Focus program) but treats them like commodities to be kicked to the curb at management's convenience.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say and say what you do. And try actually listening to your employees' opinions for a change. A lot of the time they know more than you do.

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  5. Kalmbach is a great, customer-focued company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kalmbach Publishing

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good corporate culture

    Cons

    Current products are focused on print publishing

  6. Great place to work, and a strong customer focus program. A great boss who understands balance between work and family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kalmbach Publishing (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Customer focus program, good work life balance

    Cons

    Printed pubishing is on a downward trend

  7. Once strong, a company with good people faltering under leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Talented workforce, friendly people, professional environment, solid orientation, organized at many levels, committed to providing high-quality products and services for customers

    Cons

    Poor opportunity for advancement, training geared toward managers, new leadership prioritizing cost savings above all else, HR department uninterested in addressing the concerns of well-reviewed employees

    Advice to Management

    Really treat your employees like you treat your customers. Invest in good people to make your products even better.

  8. Just ok

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good hours, profit sharing- they tried to make the place fun to work. Good balance of meetings and work load. most of my co-workers were nice and enjoyable.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics and the editors of the magazines seem to run the show. The job itself was very repetitive.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice environment

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

    I have been working at Kalmbach Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice.
    Flexible.
    No micro-managing.
    Very customer focused.

    Cons

    Poor compensation.
    OK benefits.
    Hard to get promoted or move up the ladder in the company.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good atmosphere. Average benefits. Poor compensation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I have been working at Kalmbach Publishing

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Customer focus mindset throughout the company. Belief in life/work balance. Genuinely nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Very conservative, however that means all decisions are carefully thought out.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade compensation to industry level.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Nice company and nice people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Customer Focus program makes it so workplace conflicts are nearly non-existent. The company has solid benefits and is one of the nicest places I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Compensation is much lower than what is given by other companies. Their policies are very black and white and trying to find wiggle room within them or trying to make recommendations for change can be a difficult and time-consuming process. The Customer Focus program can sometimes make people too sensitive to make mountains out of molehills when it comes to perceived violations of the program.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries for employees with experience are the equivalent of entry-level positions with other companies. When employees make suggestions, allow them to speak with the ultimate decision-makers so that they can answer questions and argue their side rather than run things up and down the ladder with tiered communications.

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