Riverside Publishing

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Riverside Publishing Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
11 Reviews
2.9
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Friendly, professional staff who care about education

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverside Publishing full-time

    Pros

    The middle management and staff at Riverside genuinely care about the products they create and the projects they work on. They do their best to create quality assessments.

    Cons

    There is little communication from upper management and HR. Getting information about company focus and direction is next to impossible, which often creates a sense of unease.

  2.  

    Interesting, quiet workspace.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, great employees and a wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    None! This honestly is an awesome company to work for!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing it right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Riverside

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    Former Employee - Editor in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Editor in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at Riverside Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company does professional quality work

    Cons

    Little loyalty to its employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glad I left

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was close to my home.

    Cons

    Lots of contractors. All contracters were reminded and were very aware that their job can be terminated in short notice ( hours). It was like walking on the egg shell. I hope permanent people are in better situations, just hope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out when you have a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly pointless place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice building, intelligent contract force

    Cons

    Contract force will never be hired as full time, clueless management, demoralized workers, no sense of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have attended meetings within meetings within meetings. Stop the endless bureaucracy and figure out where the company will be in 5 years (or even 2).
    There are some departments that spend entire days playing minesweeper and others that work full on for 12-13 hours on the same day. Some departments report to our office, others to Boston. Management insists "everything is fine" in some grim mass delusion replay of Jonestown. Profits are slipping and no one has any idea how to regain the footing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Its a decent place to work. The pace of work is consistent and the people are good to work with.

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    Current Employee - Developer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing

    Pros

    If you're looking for a 9-5 type of career with nice co-workers in an industry that is pretty steady then this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Lagging in terms of use of current technology. However, they are taking great strides towards improving this. The end result is lots of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top of technology trends and incorporate those in product offerings otherwise you'll find customers going elsewhere for their information. Speed up the time to market for new products by embracing change and factoring change into the game plan.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy at a New Extreme

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    Former Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I worked at Riverside Publishing

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good.
    If you like meetings, this is the place for you.
    It was still completely a LAMP environment when I was there. Aren't many of those in the IE.

    Cons

    This place has meetings to talk about having meetings. Management is scared to death of making decisions, lest they take the blame while at the same time terrified of someone else making them lest the credit go to someone else. Paralyzed by fear.

    Developers at this company are treated like children and seen only as replaceable cogs. Anyone with talent won't stay working for this company long. It's just too frustrating.

    Salaries are low for the LA area, but if you don't want a commute, there aren't a lot of other options.

    Product direction is a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bulk of your top heavy management team. You have too many mangers and too much process. Most of these people don't actually do anything but make the place a horrible place to work. You've got too many cooks that don't even know how to cook in your kitchen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Meaningful work, large teams.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at Riverside Publishing

    Pros

    Riverside publishing supports a number of client oriented software solutions that make a real difference in the world of early childhood assessment and development.

    Cons

    Analysts will work on the same project for very long periods. The company relies heavily on a contracted force which results in quite a bit of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your tech team with analyst career development in mind. Even if most analysts are contracted, they are still interested in bettering themselves and expanding their horizons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Comme ci, comme ca

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverside Publishing

    Pros

    Competitive salaries. Friendly working class staffers. Job advancement a real possibility. Ability to direct day to day work of employees reasonably autonomously.

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management. Poor communication from HR staffers. A lot of shifty, behind the scenes posturing going on that is beyond the norm at most companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible with information disclosure to all levels of employees. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Edusoft San Francisco

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at Riverside Publishing

    Pros

    The San Francisco office full of smart, talented co-workers. Emphasis on open communication and transparency. Web start-up environment (nicely stocked kitchen, catered lunches, fun extracurricular activities).

    Cons

    The typical negative aspects related to merging with a parent company (i.e. two rounds of layoffs and the eventual closing of the SF office).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some critical missteps made by Riverside caused the product to suffer and led to it's decline. In the humble opinion of this former edusoftie.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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