Palgrave Macmillan Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Innovative publisher

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Unafraid of taking risks, energetic, smart employees

    Cons

    Salary levels lower than industry standard


  2. Editorial

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for young professionals looking to become editors. Leeway in what projects can be pursued and contracted.

    Cons

    The company hires inexperienced editors which, for some, can provide a path for fast career growth. Once a person is hired, though, he or she can forget about promotions or new opportunities for growth. The company has become a title mill--adherence to "academic rigor" and "innovation" is just talk. Managers determine success by spreadsheets, and the company's bottom line means sacrificing high-quality content for "hitting numbers" and signing quotas. Some managers advocate unethical signing practices as well, pushing editors within their disciplines to sign books that are not academically rigorous. Stressful work environment that does not pay enough to substantiate the burden it places on its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn how to go above and beyond managing by spreadsheet. Incredible turnaround statistics and lack of strong candidates applying to open positions should signal that all is not well within their press. It is up to them to listen to the signals which surround them instead of burying their heads in the sand.


  3. Editorial Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Young team -Work closely with UK / international offices -Nice offices -Participate in Summer Fridays -Good relationship between editorial and production -High volume prepares you for anywhere else

    Cons

    -Uneven training -EAs are the company's whipping boys -Low salaries even for publishing -Little interest in young employee career development -High turnover rate -Semimonthly paychecks -More focus on quantity than quality -Not a "team player" environment

    Advice to Management

    -Create global base criteria for promotion -Invest in employee career development -Create mentors / training for first-time managers -Include review of managers by managees in annual reviews


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  5. Decent company

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

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to work independently and within teams

    Cons

    Not a lot of support

    Advice to Management

    Support the US office more


  6. Good office environment, but stressful UK-US dynamic.

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

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Co workers, good benefits, with opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Difficult work-life balance at the management level. Creativity can be a bit stifled. Company is still going through a restructure where the long-term vision is clear, but the roadmap needed to attain the vision will need a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your teams with the tools needed to do the jobs they were hire for. Worry less about the perception of the office environment and focus energies on actually empowering employees to meet your goals and improve their office dynamic. Focus on providing your US teams with training so that their skills remain relevant. Some managers are put in place temporarily and have nothing to teach their employees.


  7. Good company to develop at

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to explore different products and work with different teams, great co-workers, chance to work at all levels of publishing and to learn more about the industry. great location.

    Cons

    Poor technical support means you are often unable to do your job, confused and constantly changing targets and objectives from upper management, corporate structure changes too often, understaffed in key areas.


  8. Editorial internship

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and interesting work

    Cons

    Not a very nice location


  9. A very friendly enviornment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible, people are nice, work is interesting

    Cons

    not the ideal job I am looking for



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