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Cell Press Reviews

Updated January 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Scientific Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are the best part of Cell Press. They really care about the scientific rigor and accuracy of what they are doing. And they do their best to have a good time along the way.

    Cons

    New, dynamic projects are encouraged from management, but the heavy workload prevents time to be able to act on ideas.


  2. "Contract Journal Assoc"

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    Former Contractor - Journal Associate in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Contractor - Journal Associate in Tewksbury, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice physical location. Great co-workers. No micromanagement.

    Cons

    Lack of defined goals and clear training.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Production employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Extremely flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Persistent "us vs. them" mentality with parent company Elsevier. Senior Management often scapegoats "hard" decisions and unpopular policy on higher-ups and then get defensive when asked about it. Extremely busy schedule. Also, Cell Press is far behind most companies when it comes to technology.

    Advice to Management

    Have some accountability for the things that happen.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Publication Associate"

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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work benefits and summer hours and company events.

    Cons

    Isolating; interface on computer. Office is quiet and people keep to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Management is terrific; managers often foster growth and career interests


  5. "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility, interesting work, travel, good location.

    Cons

    No recognition, unclear career path, very layered management, senior management is arrogant,very scarce resources, minimal benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees, instead of relaying messages. Everyone is overworked.


  6. "Good overall"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientific Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientific Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time

    Pros

    Very smart, considerate, and helpful colleagues. Senior management is very responsive.

    Cons

    Cell Press is great, Elsevier is a beast. The benefits are all set by Elsevier and are not great. Minimal upward mobility, but this is true across the industry, not unique to CP.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good corporate experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great sense of camaraderie: Colleagues are smart, hard-working, and friendly.
    Opportunity to work on variety of projects across different business units
    Internal teams shared by other Elsevier business units provide ongoing logistical support
    Sufficient budget to attend internal and external training events and conferences
    Opportunity to travel for conferences within U.S. and internationally
    Work from home flexibility

    Cons

    High turnover
    Unrealistic and unsustainable workload expectations
    Unnecessarily political and bureaucratic
    Limited opportunities for growth
    Pay below market rate
    Poor health insurance coverage

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' needs, get up to speed with today's business practices in your discipline, and overcome your fear of giving your employees a voice when other senior management team members make repeatedly unreasonable demands.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Smart employees, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Editorial in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will work with incredibly smart people who are passionate about science.

    Cons

    Cell is not interested in any new ideas concerning business practices and because of this the turn over rate is incredibly high. Morale is low.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "great colleagues, room for growth, innovation encouraged, lots of work but lots of flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Production
    Current Employee - Production
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, telecommuting options, appreciative upper management, respectful and fun environment, supportive colleagues, ongoing innovation, room for advancement, vendor choices based on value and not just cost (e.g., typesetters far above average quality)

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower range of average


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Salary not competitive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cell Press full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Low salary for the workload.