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ABC-CLIO Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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  1. "ABC-CLIO + Greenwood, Praeger, Libraries Unlimited, Solutions"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time

    Pros

    Some smart people (including mid-level managers) here. If you prefer a quiet workspace to hunker down and get things done, the Denver (Broomfield) office is great. Decent health insurance; small end-of-the-year bonuses (better than nothing).

    Cons

    The top management can't figure out how to navigate the ship out of "stormy seas." Cutting costs appears to be the only effective method for preserving the company's profit margins.

    Advice to Management

    Effective change depends on a change in leadership from the very top.


  2. "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time

    Pros

    None - run far away from this company and it's constantly changing management, low pay, and zero advancement.

    Cons

    Too many too list, but I'll echo my sentiment above about management constantly changing their direction (every six months), the pay is extremely low, and wherever you are hired in at is where you will stay.

  3. "Great place but no growth"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good parts but needs some help"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly great people, some flexible work hours, nice sense of working to help in education field

    Cons

    Low salaries, stagnant industry, big difference between salaried and hourly employees

    Advice to Management

    Better pay means higher employee retention


  5. "Respectable Publisher in Santa Barbara"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABC-CLIO full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly office environment, easy to get to know everyone.

    - Super easy commute from nearly anywhere in Santa Barbara County, right off the freeway, and bus vouchers available.

    - Higher Ed market attracts people interested in interesting things. Many editors with upper level degrees in their fields.

    - Working with librarian customers can be fun and exciting.

    Cons

    - Small company, so growth potential depends on your functional area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. "ABC-CLIO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with

    Cons

    Unfortunately the salary cap is low.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure upper management


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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