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Workman Publishing Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
Updated May 12, 2014
8 Reviews

3.5
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Freelancer for art department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I only worked in a temp capacity. The coworkers are friendly enough and try to make you feel included. Editors trusted the temp art and production staff enough to get the job done without questioning. Work-life balance was fine. Clean building and atmosphere was relaxed, especially in the art department.

    Cons

    There seemed to be an unusually high amount of temp or part-time workers. Sometimes there would be seating conflicts as one workstation in particular had outdated equipment.

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    None, I would work there again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Innovative books; passionate, hard-working staff.

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

    Pros

    The Workman family still owns and operates the company, and they are wonderful people who care deeply about books and their employees; it really is like a family there. The books are unusual and innovative, and you'll work with lots of creative people, authors and staff alike. You'll also get to try on many different hats; everyone's unique talents are valued, and you're not allowed to say "That's not my job." Senior staff members make excellent mentors.

    Cons

    Lack of "official" job titles (and maybe other things in the work environment, though I'm not sure what) makes upward mobility difficult. At least in low-level positions, pay is low (pretty standard for the industry, I think), and New York City is really expensive. It can be fun to take on lots of new projects, but it's common to find yourself working (really hard) on things that you'd never imagine would fit into your "job description."

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked their for over a year, mostly on administrative tasks, but I also got to meet and work with some talent authors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, in a spacious office in a great location, and a constant flow of books.

    Cons

    A lot of repetitive work, not a lot of team spirit. Socializing could be difficult and awkward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More company wide activities and events, more interdepartmental and collaborative work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small, so you can make an impact.

    Cons

    It's publishing, so all the issues that go along with that industry.

  6.  

    Good but you need push yourself

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    Current Employee - Publicist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publicist in New York, NY

    Pros

    I have opportunity to rise quickly in the company but because of my own gumption. I had support, when I asked for it and had the opportunity to try my own ideas.

    Cons

    I didn't always receive the best support, but often had to seek it out. Their methods are quite outdated, but that also gives them room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in young employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Step in the Ladder

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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Is a professional organization that is well respected in the field. Therefore, it is a good starter career move. And, for those interested in specialty fields it can be a great job, though a bit of a pressure cooker.

    Cons

    There are some passive aggressive tendencies in the organization that start at the very top. This can make it difficult to know what is going on. Too bad in a company that is not that big and could have much better communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower more. Hire excellent managers and trust them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    High turnover

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Extremely high salaries, good benefits, very friendly staff.

    Cons

    Systems antiquated, very eccentric culture, management by negative reinforcement. No HR policies or department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an HR department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty Average - expected from book publishing co.

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    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great people! Aweomse place to get started.

    Cons

    Low pay & benefits. And vacation days are few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take out some of the middle men and allow entry-level stars to rise.

    Approves of CEO

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