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Nature Publishing Group Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working at NPG for over 2 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group

    Pros

    Great work life balance. The hours are pretty good and over time is as needed
    Great smart people to work with
    Summer Fridays are a great perk

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be a little below the average in the industry.
    Can be hard to advance career unless you do it yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should push more training and career advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very satisfied (sales).

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    +Excellent work/life balance.
    +Really transparent and satisfying commission structure.
    +Travel.
    +Corporate card.
    +Really like the people I work with.
    +Cool location.

    Cons

    -Training depends on manager and may be lacking. They have recently been changing things however.
    -People are chatty and you will hear people talk about others. So don't make a scene at the Christmas party!
    -Sometimes there is an occasional lack of communication from the higher ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on training and make sure you communicate. Otherwise keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My run at NPG was great. I have not complaints

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Nature Publishing Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    better training on various software platforms, room for advancement,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    extend more training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    OK place to work, but difficult to get ahead.

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    Current Employee - Manuscript Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manuscript Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work schedule is flexible, science can be pretty amazing.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement unless you work in the London office, currently very little pay increase, poor communication between upper management and everyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nature Publishing Group

    Pros

    Laid back culture though could be changing.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate employees on both sid of the pond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine as long as you have no ambition or drive whatsoever

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Nature Publishing Group full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Publishing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publishing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Nature Publishing Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unfortunately 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but no room for career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to pay me good money for the advice I can give you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    On the tech side, meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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)

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nature Publishing Group

    Pros

    Great work environment. People are nice.

    Cons

    Pay 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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