Tantor Media Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I've worked for Tantor for a few years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audioproofer in Old Saybrook, CT
    Current Employee - Audioproofer in Old Saybrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment. Staff is like family and very supportive. Healthy snacks are offered every week. Constantly changing and interesting workload.

    Cons

    While the environment is positive, the ever-changing policies (paid holidays, etc. ) are due to middle (micro) management. The insurance is good if it's only covering one person. If you add a child or spouse the out of pocket expense quadruples, which is devastating when the pay is just above poverty level. With the company sale to Recorded Books in Maryland, we've lost many good managers. No handicap bathroom.

    Advice to Management

    While the atmosphere is pleasant, quit paying pauper's wages and start paying workers what their worth.


  2. Horrible Politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tantor Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthy Snacks, Compassionate CEOs, Casual Dress Code, Free Books

    Cons

    The petty high school politics in this company will be their downfalls. They keep deadwood upper management / executives because there's a "bond" there. They pay far too little for their talent, over work them, and then given them poor reviews so they don't have to provide raises. A lateral move requires you to be buddy-buddy with the manager or exec in BOTH departments and doesn't go to those best qualified, instead goes to those who are friendly with higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs restructuring. The execs and management who have high turnover rates need to be let go; your spend more money finding replacements for those you lost by mistreating your employee than it would cost you to pay what they're worth and invest in better benefits packages. Lose the politics and favoritism, and reward employees who work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great potential and owners, but middle and lower management needs to be replaced.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Saybrook, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Saybrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tantor Media full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress, free healthy snacks, free audiobooks, cool books to read usually, flexible work schedule, independence, very friendly coworkers and owners.

    Cons

    Constantly changing policies, lack of communication between management and workers. You can go 2 or 3 weeks without speaking to your department manager except over instant messaging.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas. The audio department was incredibly understaffed and overworked. Owners are awesome but middle and lower management are completely vision-less and prevent you from getting your ideas up the chain of command.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    worst place I ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Sometimes managers hold a get-together but no one likes them. They do give free books to staff.

    Cons

    Very poor pay, only 3 sick days per year, small contribution to healthcare that has never been increased. Even if you get a good review you don't get much of a raise. Management tolerates deadwood staff just because they happen to be involved with a manager. Management doesn't have a clue that the employees are all plotting against them.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying people decently and give them better benefits. Try listening to what people are not saying, The staff all knows you make buckets of money while treating most people like slaves.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free audiobooks. Casual dress. Once in awhile, there's a party or some social gathering. They try to make it fun, but it's not what people want.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and communication. Lack of cohesiveness. A reactive workplace, instead of a proactive one. Not much room for advancement, although that is talked up highly at the interviews. Very small contribution to employee's health insurance, which has not increased in years. 3 sick days a year. (God help you if you get hurt or have sick kids.) No employer match for 401k.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that human beings work for you, not robots. A good employee is worth more than his/her salary and can be expensive to replace.



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