Cell Press Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2020

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Emilie Marcus
8 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Cutting-Edge Science with Compassion"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press full-time

    Pros

    My colleagues were extremely professional, brilliant, and always friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation is in line with publishing (read: not wonderful) and the benefits packages got consistently worse over the years. Then again, this seems to be a trend across most American businesses.

  2. "Editor job review"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Cell Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting job and great colleagues, exposure to a vast array of great science

    Cons

    Relatively low compensation/benefits, high volume of work, large disconnect between the purported focus on quality science and parent company's focus on quantity alone


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, mediocre salary/benefits"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cell Press is full of amazing, motivated people. They work extremely hard and have a culture of pitching in - everyone is willing to lend a hand. They care about getting feedback from across the organization and do a lot of cross-departmental projects where representation from all tiers of the company is important. There are opportunities to take on more responsibility early in your career. Working for Elsevier is a mixed bag, but you learn a lot about the publishing industry as a result, and working for Cell Press helps to mitigate against some of the worst parts of Elsevier.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't progress well, particularly for people who are promoted to take on more responsibility. The company is usually willing to let people walk rather than pay them for their enhanced skillset. Their benefits got worse every year and their concern was always making sure they weren't an outlier in the industry, rather than making sure their employees were well-served. The workload can also be a challenge - if you don't like being busy, this probably won't be a good fit.

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  4. "Overwork and Underpay"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cell Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interact with great scientists and keep abreast of top research. Opportunities to travel. Nice, smart, driven, collaborative colleagues.

    Cons

    The company does not value the work of its Editors. Complete lack of recognition. Slow to no promotions. Overwork and underpay. Incompetent senior managing team. Very toxic management culture. Useless HR. Top management inherited from times when the company was doing very poorly (>20% of turnover). Instead of being replaced, managers stayed, were promoted, and continue to run the company as always.

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  5. "Terrible culture"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Undisclosed 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cell Press full-time

    Pros

    Interacting with a plethora of highly educated and passionate scientists

    Cons

    Very toxic culture, constant reporting, hand-holding, micro-managing. There's a great deal of scrutiny and employees are required to report their daily and monthly activities in full-detail, per senior leadership's request, which as a result undermines productivity. No work-life balance. Below average benefits. To potential employees: if you are older than 25 years old and have some years of professional experience, this company is not for you. Avoid it.

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  6. "Great People, Bad Insurance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and I think that the work is really interesting. I'm never bored.

    Cons

    The insurance is surprisingly terrible.

  7. "Great for go-getters who are fine being underpaid"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientific Editor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting, exciting work; lots of opportunities to learn different skills

    Cons

    Very high workload and low salary (with terrible benefits)

  8. "Collaborative colleagues, Elsevier politics"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cell Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Attending conferences with thought-leaders, collaborative editorial teams

    Cons

    E-mailing disgruntled research scientists takes up most of your work day

  9. "Good location, low pay"

    3.0
     

    I have been working at Cell Press

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule in a fun Kendall square location

    Cons

    Very low pay for high workload. Little room for growth.

  10. "Overworked Employees"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Cell Press full-time

    Pros

    Nice location in Cambridge, MA

    Cons

    No transparency, low pay, overworking employees, favoritism, editors are always leaving, staff are not supported

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