Nature Publishing Group
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Nature Publishing Group Managing Director Steven Inchcoombe

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    My run at NPG was great. I have not complaints

    Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTraveling, time-off policies, work-life balance, tele-commute

    Consbetter training on various software platforms, room for advancement,

    Advice to Senior Managementextend more training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work, but difficult to get ahead.

    Manuscript Editor (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWork schedule is flexible, science can be pretty amazing.

    ConsNot much room for advancement unless you work in the London office, currently very little pay increase, poor communication between upper management and everyone else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ProsLaid back culture though could be changing.

    ConsLow pay, no recognition for a job above and beyond with little resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate employees on both sid of the pond.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fine as long as you have no ambition or drive whatsoever

    Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros+ Work/life balance
    + Vacation and health benefits

    This seems like a great company to work for if you are fairly satisfied with your career level or you're just looking for a job that doesn't require very much more than simply showing up. The company seems to genuinely care about its employees and the atmosphere is cordial if a bit sterile. HR is very much on point with its administrative duties and they do a great job communicating and being available for employees.

    Cons- Lack of strong leadership at NYC office
    - Extremely low levels of employee engagement

    There is zero urgency whatsoever, it feels like the whole operation is moving in slow motion. There is hardly any hustle and bustle as teams function mostly in silence and isolation from one another.

    Human Resources' practices and day-to-day role often inhibits line managers from properly addressing employee relations and performance issues. Aside from their administrative functions (which they execute very well) HR should partner with the line to generate tailored solutions for developing the type of talent that will enhance the organization's capabilities.

    Perhaps it's more a matter of organizational culture than HR practices (which follows which?) but something is clearly amiss when there is hardly any drive or enthusiasm to be found anywhere in the office. This seems like a place where you need to be comfortable with just showing up, doing what your boss expects you to do, and then leaving. Progressive or idealistic leaders that want to innovate, inspire, make positive changes, and are driven to succeed will feel hindered by some very strong invisible force. From my experiences the organization's approach to employee relations and talent management undermines the utility of those directly responsible for team and individual outputs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou could probably get quite a bit more out of your employees with a more effective talent management process. HR should partner with functional departments to identify talent related issues and goals and then the line should be accountable within its own hierarchy for executing on the agreed upon course of action. HR should be guiding and supporting the line, not dictating an immutable set of policies and procedures that undermine individual and team effectiveness as well as the ability of managers to address those shortcomings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is one arrogant company who doesn't value good staff.

    Publishing Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNice to work for a company that many people hold in high esteem; there are some smart people there, and it's reasonably family-friendly.

    ConsUnfortunately upper management in the London office have continued trading on the good 'nature' name for too long, and as a result the company is arrogant, over-sized and rushes around acquiring journals faster than lightning. They then hand over the day-to-day running of these journals to staff who are already working beyond capacity with a 'sink or swim' mentality and very little support or guidance. Turnover is notoriously high - seems everyone either works there for 6 months, 6 years or life. Pay is pretty dismal because HR knows that everyone wants a shot at workign there - it's "a resume builder" they say. Admittedly that's true, and my time there did open other doors, but that's no reason to pay so poorly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be over-ambitious with building your stable of journals just by acquiring second-rate society journal contracts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company but no room for career growth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, offices, lax attitude, casual Mon through Friday. Clean work environment and a product that is a market leader. Customers love to hate us.

    ConsCheap, cheap, cheap. No salary raises, bonuses are cut out, they spend crazy money on stuff that has no return in investment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to pay me good money for the advice I can give you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On the tech side, meh

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe editorial content is great. Nature is still #1 in research journals, so the core product is pretty compelling and, in theory, there are plenty of awesome ways for technology to be involved.
    The business has seen slow steady growth and likely will for some time.
    Pretty mellow and flexible as far as work/life balance (depending on the team)

    ConsLow salaries, siloed teams, black hole of projects that never get done. A lot of legacy stuff that was already shameful in 2000.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment. People are nice.

    ConsPay is low in this industry but if you want to work with smart and nice people, it's a great place to work.

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    Great company

    Asdf (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsOpen environment for sharing ideas, developing products

    ConsSome clunky systems and processes

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

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    A place more for a job than to build a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsRelaxed atmosphere with minimal management (this second one can also be a con however). Good work/life balance as upper management doesn't really expect people they manage to do much beyond the minimum requirements so that makes for a pretty standard, easy 9-5 day.

    ConsLow compensation by industry standards. Still catching up with other companies with regards to digital technology. People work in silos and therefore inefficient with poor communication between departments. Poor tuition reimbursement and few opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your employees know you expect more from them and invest in those that can perform.

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