Thomas Publishing Company LLC

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Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • The office is in a great location in NYC (in 3 reviews)

  • The Horsham area suburb is a nice area (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor leadership, lack of promotions and advancements, not much job growth, offered training but not particularly focused on job functions (in 3 reviews)

  • There is no room at all for growth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Content Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Team, frequent pizza parties

    Cons

    Micromanagement, every day you have to log your time and the managers will review/comment on how long it took you to complete each project

    Advice to Management

    Trust the team


  2. Helpful (1)

    My Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours
    easy access to penn station
    midtown manhattan

    Cons

    Boring work
    poor quality of life
    High levels of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Increase energy in the work space


  3. Helpful (4)

    What it was - it will never be again

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great workers who really try to make a difference. Most people do more than what seems humanly possible in very little time.

    Being outside Penn Station is a convenience.

    Still some gems on staff, despite ongoing turnover and uncertainty. Work with them, glean all you can.

    Cons

    This company has been a leaking ship that just hasn't realized it ripped its hull on an iceberg years ago. They keep amazingly pumping out the water, but spinning in circles until it finally slips under the surface to certain doom. But I have to applaud that the band is still playing. BRAVO! BRAVO THOMAS!!!!

    Management has too many cooks. Then when they finally get wiser, they decimate the staff, losing valuable job knowledge by dumping the wrong people. They have done this habitually for over a decade, losing key people and keeping terrible ones whose only lone useful attribute is how to survive like a rat.

    Leaving computers and equipment of fired personnel in a giant pile in a cube in the workplace is like having a graveyard on-site. Macabre and just plain dumb. And shows the lack of staff to even deal with it, or the space to put it. Very depressing. Probably should be the new Thomas logo, come to think of it.

    HR has gone from an understanding and flexible entity to a vindictive and stubborn system that provides ZERO support to regular staff. By making the head of HR a VP, it has sucked out any independence and support and become a management apparatus to remove staff conveniently when it's cutting time. Not only does she sweep out staff with a broom, I've heard she also rides it.

    Meeting heavy company because the departments and managers don't work with any synergy. This is offset by time-wasting meetings that suck the soul dry.

    The company used to promote independent thinking, but now just wants cogs in a wheel. Unfortunately, that wheel spins like a gas-guzzling Hummer on its back.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is a funny thing. You share with them for years, warning them what is at stake...but they never listen. They have heard all the advice they can. They let the bad people thrive, cause havoc, and hold on. They let the good people go, losing the workerbees that are necessary to function. Instead the company thrives on dysfunction. Those who are still around since the old days are usually the problem, not the solution.

    There used to be a list of Thomas Values. Back in brighter days, this used to be important. The fact that in darker days that it has been lost, or just plain ignored... including by the very people who wrote and promote it... is a statement unto itself. In fact, it is the epitaph.

    The CEO is retired, and the kids now run the show. Overall, this is a good move. But, what has been lost can never be gained again. Thomas is still in that flux to still become a publishing company for the new age. Until it gets there, the problems are profound and systematic. When it gets there... what will be left? Won't be you or me... or likely the HR staff reading this.

    Cheers.


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  5. Amazing environment, great people!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professionalism: Unlike other family owned and small sized companies, people at Thomas are very professional and they take their jobs seriously.

    Very Helpful People: If you strive to succeed, employees will help you and spend a lot of time to be a great mentor for you. They make you feel not to hesitate to ask any questions to them, they are always ready to help you. Also, if you share your ideas, there's always someone who values your thoughts and if it makes sense, they take the action immediately.

    Amazing HR People: From hiring to on-boarding, HR department make sure you are taken care of professionally.

    Cons

    They can use a better technology for their office equipment (such as computers etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Although top management is really accessible, I think there can be happy hours to have all employees engage with each other.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Failing business model

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC

    Pros

    Relax environment, Friendly coworkers, decent pay, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Dumb management, failing business model, won't change for the future. old school.

    Advice to Management

    keep up with the times.


  7. Helpful (2)

    RIF aside, I enjoyed my years there

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Nice compensation. OK benefits.

    Cons

    Many layoffs company appears to be struggling


  8. Helpful (4)

    A lot of people have left recently, and it is only getting worse....

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomas Publishing Company LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PTO, lots of young people at the company

    Cons

    Medical insurance is a HDHP causing employees to pay for appointments out of pocket, company does not do a lot for employees (i.e no paper plates/forks,etc in kitchen, holiday parties are not company funded, team outings are not company funded, minimal room for advancement, low salaries, low salary increases for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Start finding ways to increase company morale or else you will continue to lose great talent. Offer a regular health plan again. Improve the maternity leave benefit.

    Thomas Publishing Company LLC Response

    Feb 27, 2015HR Manager

    Thanks for your feedback. Like many organizations we have been forced to look at costs, and unfortunately, we had to adjust our medical benefits to the realities of increasing costs.

    We are a
    ... More


  9. Helpful (7)

    An easy 9-to-5 with nowhere to go but home

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Thomas Publishing Company LLC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, literal 9-to-5 working hours, friendly coworkers. IT is relatively lax. Everybody knows that nobody cares. When it's 5 PM, you leave, and you don't take your work home with you.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, awful leadership, no possibility of advancement. We don't even have a coffeemaker in the break room. I don't think I've seen anyone but management's pets get promoted in my time here.

    Advice to Management

    You know that employee engagement survey you did back in August of 2013? Yeah, you might want to try actually implementing the ideas we presented instead of dangling it as lip service.

    Thomas Publishing Company LLC Response

    Feb 27, 2015HR Manager

    Thanks for your input. We strive for a work-life balance that works for the company and our employees who work hard to produce great work.

    FYI current job postings are listed on the company
    ... More


  10. Helpful (6)

    Over hundred years in working. Popular in the industry but the current growth is unstable. Glory days are long gone.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Publishing Company LLC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Normal to unprofessional level of interaction in workplace. Upper management is understanding if you have family commitments.

    Cons

    Used to be a nice nurturing environment. Recent change in company structure has led to a more cut throat competitive environment. Laid off more then 40 people last year. The company is going through a transition phase, hence starting a job could pay off or burn you out.

    Advice to Management

    People in the same position are paid differently , even if they have same education and work experience level. It would be nice if managers didn't play favorites like that.

    Thomas Publishing Company LLC Response

    Feb 27, 2015HR Manager

    We take seriously what employees say about working at our company. We've been in business for a long, long time and since the digital explosion, we operate in an environment of constant change ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    You may want to look elsewhere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Thomas Publishing Company LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adding skills to your resume.

    Cons

    Low pay, management does not seem concerned about employees happiness.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are trying to help you build company morale.



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