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Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
42 Reviews
1.8
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    One star, if not for the wonderful coworkers that I dealt with every day.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mostly flexible PTO, great work life balance when I was there. On really bad snow days, Panera or Corner Bakery was provided for lunch. Oh, and free popcorn. But only on Friday. If it's Tuesday, DON'T TOUCH THE POPCORN MACHINE!

    Cons

    Upper management was generally horrible, antagonistic, and in some cases, unintentionally cruel. Middle management was hit or miss depending on who you worked under. My DR was good. Pay discrepancies were egregious. Some of us were making $30-$40k less than our coworkers at equal levels and (I suspected) more than $100-$150k less than our immediate supervisors. Raises were barely even covering the lifts in costs of living.

    Finally, there was no real captain at the helm of this thing. I worked here six years, saw the CEO's face a total of twice and never heard any communication from him. Not one word. He never had a single word of encouragement for any of the employees even when pressed. At one notoriously bad and awkward meeting, wherein the sole purpose of said meeting was to bolster our spirits, he happened to pop in and was asked by one of the VPs to say something encouraging. He turned and walked out with a dismissive wave of his arm and without a word leaving the VP to pick up that turd-covered ball and keep it in play. P.S. The goal of the meeting was not achieved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What would they care? It's all been sold to China now. Mission accomplished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Lincolnwood, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great working conditions and subject matter.

    Cons

    The middle management did not support their staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to be at a progressive company, learn new skills and work your way up the ladder, this is not the place 4 U

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnwood, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time

    Pros

    Low stress, flexible hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    not very many chances to grow or move up the ranks. Very uninspiring work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is a shell of its former self

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Editor in Lincolnwood, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I joined PIL in the mid-2000s, and the position was a dream job. I already knew most of the people I'd be working with as I knew them from a professional organization I was a member of when I worked for another company. The atmosphere was very casual, my immediate managers great, and I would arrive and go home every day with a smile on my face. PTO time was both generous and flexible, and the health insurance was comprehensive and affordable.

    Cons

    Salaries were not outstanding in the first place, and the few "raises" were very minor bumps that barely qualified as cost-of-living adjustments. A series of terrible decisions by upper management has essentially driven the company into the ground. It's a mere shadow of what it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope lessons have been learned, and things will turn around, though I fear it has gone beyond the point of no return. Hopefully they will find a willing business partner or a firm to acquire remaining assets, because the company still holds properties strong equity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Adrift

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    At one time one of the best working enviroments. People looked forward to going to work. Really changed.

    Cons

    CEO dropped the ball. A class of incompetent clowns were given free a free hand. They drove the company to the brink of going under.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be too late, but do what made you sucessful, with the people that made you so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Just a job. Regrettable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnwood, IL

    I have been working at Publications International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of creative talent and inter-personal relationships make the days bearable. Work life balance is alright, slightly flexible as to work times.

    Cons

    Much of management is inexperienced and unknowledgeable in terms of moving the company into a new business era which is essential as PIL's market is drastically shrinking. Managements solution to issues is selling off profitable segments in order to increase cash flow to sustain business a bit longer.

    Office space is impersonal, tacky, and set up as an illusion to exhibit success as business slows in a dying market.

    Many employees in key positions are inexperienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less money on art work and more on making the business sustainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Failing company in a shrinking industry.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnwood, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The interactions with your fellow employees are the only reason I stayed at the company for as long as I did.

    Cons

    Recently divested one of its main segments of business and half of its office to China
    Low pay but somewhat expected with the type of work being done if your not with the creative side of the business
    Misallocation of human resources leaves current management undesirable.
    Office is essentially cubicle farms with extravagant décor plastered over every inch of the walls as if they company is trying to radiate how successful they are. Most paintings and artwork are an eyesore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less money on appearance and more money on revitalizing and restructuring your business model before pil closes it doors for good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Adrift

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    PIL has a relaxed, informal atmosphere and good life/work balance with flex scheduling and reasonably generous time off.

    Cons

    Sales staff historically hasn't been held accountable for wildly optimistic forecasting, which creates inefficient use of staff time and problems with inventory. Management never faced reality and inevitably ran into financial problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what kind of a publishing company it really wants to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Such a great job, such a terrible job

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, fun work. The actual work was really fun, and the people they hire (non-managment) are wonderful and very sweet, great to work with

    Cons

    Terrible management, low salaries, general bad form in most areas. Just a really creepy place, suspect firing policies, very black and white, upper management really tyrannical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying more, being less toxic and oddly personal would be a start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Well ... horrifying.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnwood, IL

    I worked at Publications International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Actual co-workers can be a fun group.

    The work can be interesting and fun, as long as you don't run into someone who has been there too long and is bitter.

    Casual work environment

    Ample parking

    If you mess up, there are few repercussions. It's almost like no one cares or if paying attention!

    Cons

    Some of the worst, ineffectual, self-serving managers you will ever have the misfortune of working with. Petty, self-involved, totally willing to throw you under the bus at any notice.

    Zero professional training, and networking in the industry is actively discouraged. There is a LOT of paranoia here.

    Very little room for growth -- you have to wait for somebody to quit/be fired in order to advance. However, people quit/get fired at a really rapid rate, so maybe your wait will be short.

    Very little training -- you are shown a desk and given assignments, and you kind of have to figure out what you are supposed to do.

    Sales and other senior staff are constantly bragging about their record sales and bonuses. Meanwhile, the people who do the actual work have been in a pay freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO should spend more time managing the company and less time leering at the female employees.

    CEO should stop working with friends, and start working with people who will actually do the work.

    Managers should actually pay attention to their departments, and stop rewarding the people they like and start rewarding/recognizing the ones who do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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