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Macmillan Science and Education Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
7 Reviews
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Macmillan Science and Education CEO Annette Thomas
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  1.  

    Enjoyed time there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Macmillan Science and Education full-time

    Pros

    New aged thinking
    Chill office atmosphere (most of the time)
    diversity in colleagues

    Cons

    disconnect between managers and workers
    did not pay young employees enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A political mess

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Science and Education full-time

    Pros

    Macmillan provides Good Benefits, Competitive Pay, and a Good location. My immediate team members are competant professionals who are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    There's a prevalent culture of finger-pointing and blame passing that is holding the company back. It never seems to be about moving forward and being pro-active...it's always about placing blame. The political climate is also stifling innovation. Everybody's out to make themselves look good and the other guy look bad. Business units fight with each other and take steps to hurt each other rather than working together to make the company successful. Business units will leverage political power to force other business units to use their services rather than allowing them to make the best dicision based on their needs and what the market has to offer. Huge amounts of money are poured into further developing poorly designed products, while supposedly legacy products (which never seem to be retired despite plans to the contry) that are in dire need of attention get pushed to the back burner. Finally, this company only empowers employees with a good idea if they happen to be in political favor at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Adopt a policy that deals harshly with finger-pointing and political games (as in, termination of employment)
    2. Listen to your employees when they say that a product is poorly designed and unsustainable, and cut your losses.
    3. Don't lock one business unit into utilizing antiquated, inferior, expensive services from another business unit. Do the evaluation, solicit bids, and make a decision based on what's best for the company as a whole...not what's best for those on the receiving end of your nepotsim.
    4. Empower employees to make positive change: If you want to hire the best and the brightest, be ready to empower them to do their jobs effectively. If they're bored or feel unempowered, they won't be there long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great employer before the UK took over....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Macmillan Science and Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Traditional book products are second to none.
    * Really great content in print based products.
    * A fair exit package.

    Cons

    Macmillan Education used to be a great place to work...and then the UK took over a little more than 2 years ago. HR and other services shared between the education group and the trade group. Trade folks are terrific. A reorg and recent turnover on the education side of the business has left the company reeling, with little talent in management or IT. Now, sales management is totally out of touch with what's happening in the field and recent software products are broken and don't scale. Editorial teams are stuck trying to build tech products on a broken, internal platform that doesn't look like it will be replaced or repaired any time soon. Employees are hoping in vain that students don't ever stop buying print products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Pull the journal editor form the CEO role, and find sales leaders who know how to listen.
    * Adopt an open online platform for building courseware.
    * Invest in new technologies and form valuable partnerships in that space.
    * Ditch the executives who have built their careers on traditional print books and look to technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    An organization that is trying to be small / start up but too big to do so...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Macmillan Science and Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company is not afraid to spend money when needed.

    Cons

    Lack of SOP and defined processes
    No clearly defined objectives and responsibilities
    Poor communication between business units
    No flexibility / customization when building complex selling opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your processes defined, objectives set and outline job descriptions before trying to gain market share. Have a plan before you act!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Can be slow to take decisive action, especally given its size relative to competitors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Macmillan Science and Education full-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent, but the benefits are excellent. It's definitely possible to maintain a favorable work/life balance here. The overall company values are strong and many employees are very committed to their work.

    Cons

    Since it's not a large company, opportunities for career advancement can be limited. Occasionally, there can be too many hoops to jump through in order to get even simple things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consensus is great, but sometimes you need to pull the trigger before every...last...stakeholder...is on board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Macmillan Science and Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance; Family-Friendly; Flexible Hours; Friendly Office Culture; Great Benefits and 401K.

    Cons

    Small PTO Compensation; Start-Up Culture; Bonus/Commission Bi-Annually

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Science and Education

    Pros

    great management, leadership and more

    Cons

    no cons as of yet

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