becker&mayer Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Not much of a helpful internship.

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    Former Intern - Editorial
    Former Intern - Editorial

    I worked at becker&mayer as an intern

    Pros

    Surrounded by creative people, one of the only publishing companies in the area. As someone else said, a great company...in theory.

    Cons

    Downsizing and stress rampant, everyone is overworked, mandatory "fun" is cheesy and makes everybody uncomfortable. Almost a worthless internship. No job offer at end of internship. Was told by current employees that I didn't want to work there, anyway. The phrase "sinking ship" and "nightmare" were heard almost every day. Almost zero career advice or help getting a job anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better for the long hours they work, bring in and retain better talent, stop trying to force quirkiness.

  2. revolving door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at becker&mayer

    Pros

    flat hierarchy; creative staff

    Cons

    understaffed; constantly changing core strategy, under market pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire managers with solid pattern of success; communicate, appreciate your human capital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Creativity and innovation are the heart of the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at becker&mayer full-time

    Pros

    There's a genuine respect and enthusiasm for new ideas, whether its book and toy products or just a new way of doing things. People are listened to, and the corporate structure is pretty flat. The people are amazing--creative, hardworking, responsible and responsive. It's a rare place where you get to dream up product ideas and then make them. Lots of new people came aboard in the last year as the company grew, bringing fresh perspectives and energy.

    Cons

    Reporting structure shifts around at least once a year. Small company means we have to shift strategies to make the most of opportunities, so people who don't like change can be negative (though most of those people are now gone).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time

    Pros

    Bright, creative staff that is thoroughly committed to their creative work. Exciting proposals with many different clients and/or licenses.

    Cons

    Executive staff is unqualified for their positions and extremely short sited. Very little effective long-term planning and a sordid history of yearly staffing up and laying off as management simply reacts to the publishing environment, rather than coming up with a sound business plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at upper management. Your employees have so much potential to do fantastic, creative work that sells. Come up with a real business plan--even if that means going back to being a smaller company.

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

    A company to avoid at all costs!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are many talented, creative employees working in the trenches doing inventive, high-quality work. Facilities are well-equipped and comfortable, and the support from IT and the office manager are top-notch. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk upper management always goes for maximum cash-grab in the short term at any long-term price, hence the frequent major expansions/contractions of workforce. Paranoid, cut-throat atmosphere encouraged by management leads to an underlying hostile feeling, especially in meetings (which are constant, leaving surprisingly little time to do actual work). Expect to have work-life balance ruined, even if in-office hours tend to be in the 40-45 hour range. Caution: the advertised "fun" atmosphere is mandatory; there is a lot of pressure to buy into the "rah-rah" culture and a feeling that employees will be judged or held back if they don't publicly express enough enthusiasm. If you're not a "joiner," this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your most valuable asset--the creative ideas and skilled execution is coming from them, but treating them as easily disposable pieces to be pitted against one another in a fight for survival (continued employment). There is a widespread perception that the company spends a tremendous amount of money on things that don't matter or high-risk, high-cost specialty projects, and that employees pay the price with their jobs (or at best, sacrifice of work-life balance) as a result whenever the company's financials take a dip. Think about capacity, sustainability, ability to deliver quality product, and actual revenue vs. internal resource/overhead factors before taking on any and all client projects. Sometimes the tiny amount of revenue created is not worth the overall price paid by the employees doing the actual work, or the potential domino effect on other, more-important revenue-generating work, which can compromise quality...and a packager that cannot deliver quality is not going to survive long in today's market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Continues to innovate and attract good people, despite significant challenges

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at becker&mayer full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, respectful, engaging environment with hardworking and very bright people.
    Emerging partnership with Amazon is working out well for the company's book division
    Quality and design of the company's educational toy products continue to improve, and the toy division's revenue, market reach, and profitability are climbing.

    Cons

    Sales team has experienced significant turnover in the past few years, resulting in poor revenue revenue.
    Original co-founder's retirement has had a major impact on the success of the company.
    Suburban location isn't everyone's cup of tea
    Uncertain outlook for business units (and book industry, specifically), plus past layoffs have some people on edge.
    A few jaded employees really need to move on if they're unhappy and unable to effect change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps the days of trying to combine a book packaging/production company and an educational toy company have ended.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Poor Management and High Risk of Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at becker&mayer

    Pros

    There are some great people working there and great projects to work on.

    Cons

    Executive level management is very short sighted and reactionary. High turn over of staff due to burn out and lay offs has created a failing work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its time to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    management doesn't know what it wants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at becker&mayer

    Pros

    pleasant office environment, creatives brains at work on intriguing projects, easy commute central within the (eastside) Seattle metro environment, office at intersection of 1-405 and 1-5

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what it wants and has a history of hiring and firing top executives. Serial pattern of staffing up and then laying off. Lots of staff turnover. Within a staff of nearly 70, only one person other than the two owners had been there ten years. Staff top-heavy with executives and directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. Hands down best company I've worked for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at becker&mayer full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative, creative, and team oriented culture. We make great books and toys. Executive team is great and cares about the people.

    Cons

    This is a very fast paced business, and isn't for everyone. We work under tight deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep as much transparency as possible.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Cool company...in theory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at becker&mayer

    Pros

    Very creative and competent staff, with a very relaxed and flexible work environment. Great projects that are fun and dynamic.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is inconsistent and lacks vision and follow through, with company messaging that is all over the radar and untrustworthy. While most of the staff works incredibly hard, there is very little recognition, minimal employee development or loyalty, and burn out is a big risk.

    Doesn't Recommend

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