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  1. "Constant churn, re-orgs, re-direction"

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    Former Employee - Marketing & Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing & Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Highest quality books. Enthusiastic and cooperative US and Canada sals and marketing teams.

    Cons

    No race or age diversity in staff. Senior staff members are having their positions eliminated. No room for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Have a global management team that represents all markets and territories. It cannot continue to be UK-centric that dictates approaches and limits growth.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great books, terrible company"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on some of the most recognized brands in the industry

    Cons

    Incompetent (and constantly changing) senior management
    No company-wide vision or direction
    Rampant favoritism, promotion depends on who you're tight with

    Advice to Management

    None. These problems will sort themselves out when certain people are replaced. In the meantime they'll lose unsatisfied employees to better-paying jobs where employees who work hard are rewarded with promotions.

  3. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on a variety of titles
    Office environment is vibration
    You ll be surrounded by interesting people

    Cons

    Excessive favouritism
    Will not equip you with traditional editorial skills

    Advice to Management

    Stop being self obsessed and help your subordinates to grow


  4. "One the best places to work at!"

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    Current Employee - Project Art Editor in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Project Art Editor in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, variety of projects, no corporate politics

    Cons

    Stagnation of creativity, slow growth of employees, not a great pay master


  5. "Editor"

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

    I worked at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Exposure, work life balance, cool

    Cons

    Compensation, lack of creativity, growth


  6. "I enjoyed entire tenure"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, career growth , multitasking and skill development.

    Cons

    Somehow growth is limit reason only in-house work project.

    Advice to Management

    Skill development and new opportunity need to add in each department.


  7. "Great place to work for married women"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Editor in Noida (India)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and infrastructure. Employee friendly organisation. Very helpful HR and senior management. Cab services available for all employees. Flexible working hours (core work timing from 10 to 5). Weekends off. Cabs and food provided for employees if staying beyond 7.30 at night. Women safety is considered paramount and a guard is provided as escort in cabs if required. Plenty of leaves in a year and getting them approved by managers is not an issue. 6 months maternity leave. Yearly bonus is given based on company profits that year. Some lucky people could also get an opportunity to work in DK London for a week.

    Cons

    Salary is low as compared to industry standards. Promotion rate is slow.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Job, colleagues, and location are great: everything else isn't"

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    Current Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dorling Kindersley Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The actual job is fun and varied
    - Lovely, friendly colleagues
    - Amazing location (although N.B they will be moving soon)

    Cons

    - A culture of nepotism
    - A culture of favouritism
    - Temporary staff are treated terribly in terms of significantly lower pay and little opportunity to be made permanent (some people have been "temps" for 9 years!).
    - V unstable atmosphere. Redundancies for permanent staff frequent - temp contracts often not extended.
    - Low pay for London
    - Hard to progress
    - Juniors are given a lot of responsibility with little training or development
    - To be honest, they're generally just a bit out of touch with the world in 2017. Which is why they were successful in the 90s, and aren't so much now.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO seems to be making actually good decisions. Will be interesting to see how the company thrives under leadership.
    Middle management are too constrained by budgets to have much of a say on anything.


  9. "Another word for happiness is DK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best team, Best managers, Positive environment

    Cons

    Salary might be less but not for all


  10. "Art Editor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Dorling Kindersley Publishing (More than a year)

    Pros

    professional book design
    knowledge on different subject

    Cons

    Lack of Creative things,
    Politics