IGI Global - Vampire Press | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (13)

    "Vampire Press"

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

    I worked at IGI Global full-time

    Pros

    Mostly friendly and hardworking co-workers.

    Cons

    This is a small company run by a CEO who is playing a very clever game with his business. The idea is: hire inexperienced workers, pay them well below national average salaries with meager benefits for technical jobs, and then produce publications for the lowest bidders in international academia. These employees are often given unreasonable expectations and expected to produce publications with often poorly... presented manuscripts and materials (lowest bidder material), but because the company seems like a foot in the door for these young people, they put up with it. It's a vicious cycle. It's like an abusive relationship, or a vampire, feeding on you but keeping you alive. The CEO presents himself as a hands-off leader who can one month reward employees with commendations and a loosened leash for their performance, and then the next drive quantities of people to quit, or even in some instances, go on a haphazard firing spree.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers a respectable salary based on national industry standards, or set reasonable expectations for the kind of material you're willing to produce and sell.

    IGI Global2015-10-16

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  1. "Many Positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IGI Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really good benefits and a many chances to learn everything about publishing and business

    Cons

    Has a very fast work pace

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in top notch employees that makes this a great place to work

    IGI Global2018-10-21
  2. Helpful (7)

    "*insert poop emoji*"

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    Former Employee - Journal Development Editor in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IGI Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pros I can think of are: - The income you'll receive twice a month. - The friends you might make working here. - Casual dress code (jeans, hoodies, sneakers, etc.).

    Cons

    Well, management is full of con artists. Ha-ha-ha. I would say "all jokes aside", but management IS one. I've received better management and direction as a dishwasher. Work here ONLY if: - You desperately need to make money and don't mind being underpaid. As an employee of more than three years, I was never able to reach $30,000 per year. Apparently this is far below industry standard. Strange, considering... the CEO can afford luxury cars and several homes. - You have just obtained a degree and are desperately in need of some sort of work experience. You are better off doubling your daily commute for a better position elsewhere that will provide you with more useful experience and a better, more deserved pay. I suggest keeping your options open even if you accept a position here. - You are okay with not actually learning about the publishing industry and are content with doing what you're told without asking questions simply because you're told to do it. - You don't mind your concerns as a seasoned employee being overlooked on a regular basis. Despite being on the front lines and enduring consistent problems with obvious solutions, you will not be seen as an intelligent individual with progressive ideas, but rather another worker bee whose sole purpose is to collect as much pollen as possible so the queen bees can reap all the honey for themselves. - You are comfortable with the mile-high turnover rate that prevents anyone from actually advancing anywhere without getting lucky. When you first start, 40% of the employees you will meet will have only been there a few months, and another 40% will only be there for another few months. The other 20% are either people who are vying to survive or are management. You will be expected to know and follow procedures that are constantly altered, even if you have only been there a few weeks and are still learning. After just barely getting these procedures down, you will have newly hired co-workers who will rely on you to teach them procedures that you barely understand, and soon afterwards the procedures will be changed anyway. Prepare to be reprimanded for not being an expert on these rules. - You are content with being part of a system that focuses on quantity over quality by leaps and bounds. As other reviews have stated, this is a vampire press that is only concerned with churning out as much butter as possible, regardless of how chunky, spoiled, or rancid it might be. This inedible product is typically made from milk produced by starving cows that have resorted to eating their own manure. Self-plagiarism is ever-rampant, yet somehow the farmer convinces the townsfolk to spread it on their toast every morning. It is overpriced and worth half as much as the next guy's. (I have now made two food analogies writing this review. The catharsis I feel in actually being able to express my disdain for this company has given me more life than I ever thought possible while working here. Please continue reading.) - You are comfortable navigating communication which is feeble at best. No one ever knows who to include on what emails or who should take care of what. Because new employees are always hired, new positions are created every six months and removed six months later, so you are constantly trying to figure out what title so-and-so holds and whether or not they are taking care of such-and-such responsibility this month as compared to the last. You will also not be warned about rules you are breaking until you have already done it enough times to find yourself waist-deep in trouble, at which time you will be sat down behind a closed door like a child in the principal's office. - You can handle answering to a manager who uses phrases like "come to fruitition" and "beat a horse to death", as well as other general PR babble that is used as meaningless responses to help deflect attention away from your legitimate concerns. Some English majors may not be able to shake the frustration of incorrect pronunciations and sugarcoated rubbish, so heed my warning all you dead poets. - You are a-okay with being micromanaged. No explanation needed.

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    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews, take them as tips, and learn from them. When your soldiers in the trenches say "I'm out of bullets", you don't tell them to try pulling the trigger again, you find a new mode of attack. Don't butter up your employees by telling them they are an asset to your company and then disregard their opinions. Let them make their own decisions and trust in their capabilities. Otherwise, success will never be... reached. Oh, and to the CEO: stop falling asleep in meetings.

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    IGI Global2018-01-29

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