Recorded Books

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    A Conservative & Domineering Management

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Prince Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Prince Frederick, MD

    I worked at Recorded Books full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A fantastic top end product. Good pay to very good potential pay. Very solid (or better) benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely limited advancement opportunities. A completely humorless upper management team that brings improper personal aspects into the workplace (religion in particular). A very tight methodology to everything that precludes much in the way of individual thought or responsibility. An extremely dour working atmosphere. Management contradicts itself if need be in order to hammer home unwarranted discipline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate properly and get rid of the blantant personal biases that border on discrimmination. Listen to the front line people for ideas for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Avoid

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Recorded Books

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule for some departments
    -Most people are friendly
    -Working in the publishing industry
    -Good medical benefits

    Cons

    -Little communication between departments
    -Recent layoffs
    -Low salary (for us lower levels, anyway)
    -Constant frustration with company database

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recorded Books is tucked away in suburban Prince Frederick, so your commute is easy as you're never going with traffic. Schedules can be flexible and most people are friendly and personable.

    There is little communication between departments. Managers will make decisions without viewing the company's process as a whole, then go back on those decisions once they catch flak from other departments - creating more work for the little guys. Salary for the worker bees is laughably low.

    The entire company switched to a new database to manage its business in January 2011. The system is STILL not fully functional to this day - almost everyone who works in it encounters regular problems. They have beefed up IT but there is still far too few solutions for those of us who are consistently frustrated with the database on a daily basis.

    There have been recent, major layoffs and no communication came from senior management explaining the downsizing until several weeks later. I know many who are actively seeking other employment - and Recorded Books is offering us no incentive to stay.

    If you are desperate for a job and they offer you one, I suppose you should take it. However, be forewarned.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Stuck in a time warp

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Recorded Books

    Pros

    free rental membership
    smaller company
    Quiet area
    Some really good people trying to make it work through some very rough times

    Cons

    Old tech
    Not a lot of room to move up in the company
    Poor communication between projects
    Very limited options for dining out for lunch, etc.
    Not really near anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what you have and clear out the dead weight some more. Ensure groups are communicating and not so focused and stuck in their own little worlds. Don't let projects go on for years (decades) without changing things if nothing is working. Listen to the lower level employees that are on the front lines with customers to help make decisions on what is important to work on.

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