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ABC-CLIO Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "Great place but no growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ABC-CLIO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedules that work with family
    Relaxed Environment
    Great CEO

    Cons

    No room for growth
    Low pay
    Health Insurance very pricey for entire family

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose good employees because there isn't growth. Use the current employees you have to grow your company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poverty Wages"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing staff that are dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE management, oppressive work environment, no morale, no team building, POVERTY WAGES, no training, sinking ship!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue and appreciate the talent while you still have them.


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    "Poverty wages"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ABC-CLIO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, commtitted t a qualty prduct

    Cons

    Crazed management, povery wges,. Tehy alway hire nterns cause they can pay them little


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    "Underpaid and terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people. They're the only reason I liked the job. The product is also interesting but not marketed well enough. Most positions are hourly so they're pretty good about letting you go home on time. However, they're very strict about overtime so even if you stay later you won't get paid for it. It has to be preapproved in order for it to be paid.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing, the company is going downhill, and the employee turnover is laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, come up with plans. The marketing department hasn't had a marketing plan in over a year, and it's pathetic. Pay your employees more! The pay is awful. Hire better managers, who are actually willing to learn about the different aspects of everyone's jobs and don't micromanage so much that people can't do their jobs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ABC-CLIO (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers a good benefit package.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little higher.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on building up your employee and setting them up for success.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Could be better"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ABC-CLIO full-time

    Pros

    As stated throughout, there are great employees here. Smart people who care about what they do. Have established history and business throughout the US. Flex working schedule. Stable.

    Cons

    Everything that has been said as a con on this site is true. Little to no room for real advancement, bad pay (especially for those dealing with Santa Barbara's cost of living), weak company culture. Benefits are expensive and they do not seem concerned with promoting wellness among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth. Employees who are cared for will stay and contribute positively to the company. Make sure you're putting the right people in positions of authority.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work for those with historical inclinations. Where else can you write history and make money?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to write and edit without being subjected to too rigorous a standard

    Cons

    Pay. This is serous low pay and will never rise. They like to employ interns and then promote them, presumably because low pay is more important than quality of work


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Thank god I no longer work there."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some smart people who work there.

    Cons

    The president and her "executives" are a bunch of buffoons. Pay is pathetic. No room for growth or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house beginning at the top. Becky Snyder is a joke.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Was once a great company, but poor pay and poor management are driving it into the ground."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues who really care about the products they are producing, some flexibility in work time, and a compelling company mission.

    Cons

    Management changes direction constantly, and expects employees to immediately buy into their vision, no matter how misguided. Little positive reinforcement for achievement, either in terms of accolades or pay.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for - all of those articles you are reading saying that pay increases do not result in motivated employees are all written by executives and their allies who don't want to pay their employees any more than they can get away with. The company used to have a real esprit de corps, but that has been driven out by constantly changing directions and constantly getting rid of anyone who makes too much money through layoffs.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Has it's ups and downs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The absolute best reason about Clio, is the wonderfully friendly employees. They have all been through so much but retain their optimium.

    Cons

    Thanks to a now thankfully EX HR manager, the medical benefits are reduced considerably and he has made it impossible for an employee to get a raise.
    Upper management keeps changing for various reasons, either by getting laid off or quitting 'cause they just can't stand it anymore.
    And fyi, it's not Ron Boehm who is leading the company these days, it's Becky Snyder.

    Advice to Management

    Quit looking at the employee's and the employee benefits to help the company keep afloat.



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