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  1. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Baker Publishing Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family-owned independent company. Generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Some of the benefits are lacking


  2. "Good place to start, sometimes limited advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family owned business with a strong sense of mission, family-friendly/flexible environment (for most positions).

    Cons

    Inconsistent management leads to inconsistent opportunities for advancement and pay. Improving, but still what department you are in and who your manager is seems to make a big difference in how your career may or may not develop.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who can lead people and teams, not necessarily those who have been there longest or are mirrors of other managers. Diversify upper management/leaderhship.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family-friendly work environment, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about making a profit. Hires incompetent management. Claims to be Christian, but supports anti-Christian issues and promotes socialism. Pay and benefits are low. Treats loyal employees badly.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Church Relations in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Church Relations in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Baker Publishing Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and staff. Management listens and truly cares. Locally owned

    Cons

    I really can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are currently doing!


  5. "A book lover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Publishing Group (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a family-owned business--owners actually care deeply about their employees
    It's very stable and financially prudent

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities
    Located in Grand Rapids, MI where the weather is horrible


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not like other publishers . . ."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker Publishing Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Baker provides a range of benefits including health, dental, vision, as well as programs like health club/gym reimbursement and flex accounts for health and childcare expenses. They make an effort to research and provide competitive salaries. Continuing education is encouraged. Feels like a family. Every now and then there are free bagels. The PTO Donation program is a way for coworkers to support one another. Positive environment.

    Cons

    There is no paid maternity or paternity leave. PTO days must be used in this instance. Most new parents are also new in their careers and have not acquired much PTO--its a challenge for most people. I agree with the other reviewer, there are a few people who are very difficult to work with. The downfall is it inhibits the team and their ability to work at full capacity. Collaboration and contribution is discouraged in that type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your team, keep your willingness to not conform to 'how other publishers' are doing things, and keep working to improve.

    Baker Publishing Group Response

    Jan 26, 2015 – Executive VP, Human Resources

    We're grateful for this person's feedback about our benefits, policies, and work climate, all of which we seek to keep improving.

    In response to the reviewer's comment about paid leave, we'd like... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company that genuinely seems to care about its employees."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baker Publishing Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The PTO is amazing and the people are very friendly. If you are open and honest with the managers, they will be open and honest with you. Feels like one big family (that of course has some arguments from time to time but will be there for one another when it matters).

    Cons

    Just like at any company, there are some people that are hard to work with. The benefits are not the greatest, but no insurance is really anymore and the lack of a vision insurance option is a negative for me.

    Baker Publishing Group Response

    Dec 16, 2014 – Executive VP, Human Resources

    We're thankful to hear of this person's positive experiences with our company.

    We work hard to keep offering benefits that are helpful to our employees even as the costs of doing so continue to... More

  8. "rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent feedback. I felt that the company invested in my future and provided me with appropriate feedback to enable me to improve my work. Supervisors were very respectful and courteous.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the company location. Salaries are perhaps a bit below average because the company is relatively small and is located in a smaller region.


  9. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, able to read books, travel, mentally stimulating

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    More room for advancement