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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Still a Zero

    Jun 29, 2016 -  
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    Pros

    *Disclaimer: I wrote a review previously while I was an employee. This is a review of my experience after one year out. Pros were that while I was there, we had Penguin-Random House benefits packages through Anthem Blue Cross for health insurance and your typical dental/vision coverage. Just being associated with a big-time publisher was enough for me to feel good about my choice to work there when I was first hired on. Other positives were that we had snacks delivered each morning (granola bars, fresh fruit, trail mix, etc.) to keep us satiated if we missed breakfast on occasion. And we also had a fairly nice PTO offering (40 hours of sick time, 2 weeks of vacay in the first year, then 3 weeks of vacay the second year and so on the more experience you had).

    Cons

    Being away from the company now for an entire year has really made me feel exceptionally grateful I do not work at ASI anymore. I now work in an office that prides itself in its work, doesn't rip off anyone for profit or other gains, and truly appreciates and fosters the growth of its staff. At ASI, managers at the mid-level and above were not trained properly on company policy, harassment, etc. My team and I were constantly bullied, treated unfairly, and given the silent treatment each day by our leader. We had no incentive to do good work, so those of us who really wanted to care just stopped. It's an understatement to say we had low morale; there was no morale. All we had was one another to get through each day. The thing that worries me more than anything is that ASI was a starting place for many college graduates in Bloomington who wanted to stay and enjoy this town. The pay was atrocious for the workload across many departments, leadership was completely uninformed of how their mid-level managers were treating employees, and many things were swept under the rug when problems were taken to HR or brought up to upper managers as being concrete issues. I've lost a lot of the fight in me to make this review a total and utter bashing of the place that convinced me that all other offices are this way and that my managers will never trust me to be a good employee. I only now feel sorry for those employees still left (and those who have recently been laid off due to the sale/acquisition) to clean up after the former CEO and the mess he left of this rapidly decaying company.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company

    Oct 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
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    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Not their fault but the industry of self publishing is up and down.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Interesting job

    Nov 14, 2021 - Customer Service Representative in Bloomington, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun co workers, interesting clients

    Cons

    Low pay, not much room for advancement

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