Emerald Publishing - A strange place to work | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (6)

    "A strange place to work"

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    Former Employee - Management in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emerald Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some nice individuals working there.

    Cons

    It’s a family owned business and is very antiquated as a consequence. It’s hugely hierarchical and some of the senior managers you really do wonder how they rise to their current positions! It’s a very Northern centric business. If you’re not a local you can really feel out of the loop.

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    Emerald Publishing2019-10-15

    Emerald Publishing Response

    October 25, 2019Head of People Operations

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, your feedback is very valuable to us. Emerald are extremely proud to be a family owned business and our culture is driven by our strong company values and long term thinking. We are also proud of our Northern roots alongside having a compelling and respected global presence. While our head office remains in West Yorkshire, we have employees based throughout the UK and around the world, working together every day. We embrace flexible ways of working in our business more than ever before and we continue to work to flatten our structure to ensure every colleagues voice is heard loudly and clearly. In addition, we are currently exploring ways we can continue to build our internal community, share ideas and collaborate effectively even where we are working in different locations. We are also proud of our high employee engagement levels and have a number of valued long serving colleagues. We do feel this is balanced with a steady stream of fresh talent joining us at all levels throughout our organisation. Thanks again for your feedback, we are always looking for ways to improve.

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Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great company with great management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emerald Publishing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very collegial atmosphere where ideas are welcomed. Great culture, very supportive of career development.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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    Emerald Publishing2019-08-06
  2. Helpful (7)

    "A Terrible and Unfair Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Emerald Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I did not get paid to write this so I can be honest. There are so many fake positive reviews on the page. Can't think of any on the top of my head.

    Cons

    This place has a bad reputation, inside and out. No one in the publishing world knows about this company. It is not well respected and brand recognition will never be strong enough to keep them in business for another 50 years. The turnover rate is incredibly high. A person is let go or leaves at their own will every other week, leaving other employees feeling unsafe. People are generally unhappy here and upper management does not fix the problem to retain talent. The company sends out surveys for feedback and will only post positive reviews. It's propaganda. For a company that prides itself on mental health, they can't walk the talk. Most of the employees here find work/life balance to be very difficult and HR doesn't do anything about it. People go on "stress leave" all the time. The HR team is a joke. Emerald has a horrible time admitting they are wrong. There is a lack of transparency on why people are let go and management cover up the situation to make themselves look good. People leave at their own volition after they find out how dysfunctional and unfair compensation is compared to competitors in the industry. It's not only the compensation that is horrible but the terrible people you have to put up with on a daily basis. It's truly a dehumanizing workplace filled with tone-deaf, stubborn, and talentless board members that have been managing the place for 20+ years. It is not a respected publisher or well-known publisher to work with. It is hands down the most dysfunctional, political, and unethical workplace I've ever worked in. The people at the top drink the water to keep the dysfunction together. Author or editors shouldn't even go through Emerald to get their book published because they will not get the proper marketing the talent deserves. Working at the company feels like seeing your dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving every week. It's stressful for absolutely no reason. All in all, I would avoid this place at all costs. You will sell your soul. This company needs a blessing.

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    Emerald Publishing2019-04-16

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