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Updated August 26, 2015
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Macmillan Science and Education CEO Annette Thomas
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  1. Great company despite changing environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, and product. New offices in NYC. Improvements should be apparent within 6 months to a year.

    Cons

    Previous corporate mistakes and management changes have created a challenging environment.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, improve work-life balance, and streamline processes so we can be creative and regain our culture again.


  2. Chief Administrative Officer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work place; great colleagues; mission driven; entrepreneurial; innovative

    Cons

    in transition; dirupted industry;some operational inefficiency

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees; straighten out operational challenges.


  3. Lovely Co-workers; Slow growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Hardworking & likable co-workers who have been at the company for many years. Company really cares about quality of content (versus quantity...for now). -Decent benefits and perks (free beverages). -Ability to make your own hours (within reason). -Interesting Titles

    Cons

    -Very slow growth -Rarely have the ability to work from home -Managers can be unprofessional/demeaning (unless they like you)

    Advice to Management

    Reward those that work hard appropriately. I don't mean just with money either.


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  5. Company with great potential but currently in major transition

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is filled with wonderful, intelligent, and talented colleagues. They make quality products that you can be proud of.

    Cons

    The company is going through so many changes--leadership, restructuring, vision, goals--it often feels like total chaos. Can be a very frustrating work environment because of this. Also many old school employees who are stuck in old ways and reluctant to embrace new ideas or foster creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep all of your talent by paying live able wages. The entry level salary is insulting and absurd for living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Invest in your employees and trust them to do well the job you hired them to do.


  6. Inside Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment, no overbearing micromanagement. Overall, it is a relaxed setting for a sales floor. Enjoyed working with all of the people on my team.

    Cons

    Company did not have a clear direction or plan and there was quite a bit of turnover/change in upper management. Commission plans and overall comp structure were constantly changing.


  7. not good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    health benefits, and can goof off

    Cons

    massive layoffs and bad managers who don't know what to do

    Advice to Management

    stop micro managing


  8. Change is inevitable, but the products work and our share is growing.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture, smart people, exceptional products, benefits, downtown office, we impact the way students learn and engage in College.

    Cons

    Compensation structure not the best for technology sales; open floor plan can be exciting, but also distracting.


  9. So much promise, but very shortsighted.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office location and ability to virtual office.

    Cons

    Not all the companies in the portfolio are the same, so the rate of growth is different.

    Advice to Management

    I was very excited to start working for this company. The collaborative energy and people made the job enjoyable. Management did not listen to the troops on the ground. Not all the products can be run the same way, so streamlining all the processes make it very difficult. Management needs to take time of year and decision making processes into account. Not all products are transactional; the relationship sale is going to be a longer sales cycle. Also, the right hand needs to communicate with the left hand more. Sales people are told one thing, and then five minutes later are told something else by another manager. This makes running the business very difficult.


  10. Lovin' that college textbook money

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Science and Education full-time

    Pros

    There are essentially no rules for decorum. You can come into the office anytime you want, leave anytime you want. You can curse at people, threaten people, talk about guns. Because no one is held accountable for anything unless there is a gigantic disaster, you can pretty much sit around all day having a good time.

    Cons

    No accountability. This means it is nearly impossible to get anything done. Folks don't really work together. There are no real teams. Folks are trying to hold on to their lux jobs and the best way to do that is to throw other people under the bus at every opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the moral issues with selling overpriced textbooks and technology products to students. Perhaps the office culture would improve if there was a concentration on customer satisfaction.


  11. Great employees, lacking organizational structure

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart employees, good vacation time, on the pulse of education

    Cons

    Promotions aren't guaranteed by any means, low pay, technology issues

    Advice to Management

    More transparency



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