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Grand Haven, MI
51 to 200 employees
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Company - Private
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Less than $1 million (USD) per year
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School Zone Publishing Company is a family-owned publisher of elementary education products, including workbooks, flash cards, educational games and puzzles, and software. Aimed at children from preschool level to sixth grade, the products offer instruction in math, spelling ... Read more

School Zone Reviews

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Jonathan Hoffman
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  • "International Sales"

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    Current Employee - International & School Sales in Grand Haven, MI
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    I have been working at School Zone full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love being part of a family business! We have many employees that have been here over 15 years. You don't find that happening much anymore. I've seen our work community come together to help each other in times of great need. The owners have provided year-end bonus's and extra perks along the way that seem to always come at the most appropriate times. I feel my contributions and input are welcome and considered.

    Cons

    I live 35 miles from work so it can be a difficult trip in the winter weather of MI. In the past it was hard to work out flexibility to make needed appointments back in GR work with my hours. School Zone has made strides in providing more flexibility!

    Advice to Management

    Communication on a more regular bases could be improved to share in the excitement and challenges of the company.

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    Editor/Proofer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Grand Haven, MI
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at School Zone (Grand Haven, MI) in August 2013.

    Interview

    I was given several proofreading tests before the interview. I assume I did pretty well, as only three applicants made it to the interview stage. The process took a very long time - several months before I was officially on the job - and there was no relocation assistance. In fact, although I was living in Chicago, I had to rent a car (as I didn't own one in the city) and drive to Grand Haven by 8:00 a.m. eastern (woke up around 3 a.m. central) for both the interview and a separate, mandatory drug test a few weeks later. My interviewers were very kind and encouraging, and the meeting room was comfortable. I interviewed with Joan, her daughter Jen, and the managing director Barb. I got a phone call from HR about a month after the interview (I think... it's been a while) with the details of the offer, and I received a letter describing benefits shortly thereafter.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your attention to detail (or something along those lines).   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate... due to the length of the application process, I was worried the offer would fall through (rightfully, as I was laid off a year later). I had three other job offers, and I probably should have leveraged my salary (or... just taken one of the better offers) but I had faith in the company.

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