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I worked at Recorded Books full-time (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 RecommendNeutral Outlook
I have been working at Recorded BooksPros
-Flexible schedule for some departments
-Most people are friendly
-Working in the publishing industry
-Good medical benefitsCons
-Little communication between departments
-Low salary (for us lower levels, anyway)
-Constant frustration with company databaseAdvice 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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I worked at Recorded BooksPros
free rental membership
Some really good people trying to make it work through some very rough timesCons
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 anythingAdvice 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.