IGI Global - A Textbook Example of Mismanagement | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (14)

    "A Textbook Example of Mismanagement"

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

    I worked at IGI Global full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent flex time and affordable benefits. Because of its terrible reputations—and the efforts of a very forward-thinking and proactive HR rep (who was fired for his efforts, when I worked there)—the company was essentially forced to offer these, in order to recruit new hires, which it has to do a lot, because of extraordinarily high turnover. That leads us to another pro: there is certainly room for advancement... (thanks to the constant and inevitable firings) but only in the sense that there's a lot of social mobility in Westeros, what with everyone getting assassinated constantly. If you're a sociopath with a Trump-ian level of narcissistic ambition, you could do very well for yourself here. Finally, the job looks good on a resume...provided your next prospective employer does not Google the company and wind up here!

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    Cons

    IGI is by far the most corrupt organization I've ever worked for, and I frankly wonder whether there might not be tax-fraud or some other kind of money-laundering scheme going on behind the scenes. This is a vampire press: they publish plagiarized material cobbled together by pseudo-academics with degrees from questionable (and often fictional) universities. All processes of peer review and quality control are... hopelessly compromised, and the result are frankenstein doorstops written in broken English, and the company's sole customer base consists of the oblivious libraries of the universities of the few legitimate academics snookered into contributing to their anthologies. But all this would be fine, if they treated their employees well. They don't. I've worked in warehouses where employees were treated better. Employees at IGI are screamed at in executive meetings, chastised for efforts to improve the quality of publications; entire departments are laid off without warning. You come in one day, and the KGB is ushering your friends out in black hoods, and you sit there bewildered, with an inbox stacked sixty emails deep, full of angry Indian PhD's who have just today realized they're being taken advantage of and are very mad about it. Run. Run far and fast. If you're a young college graduate, you may be incredibly flattered to receive an offer from a ~Real Life Publishing Company~...but resist the temptation. This place is toxic, and it will scar you, and then you'll be trapped because you're too afraid to quit a new job so soon. And then you'll be stuck there. Like everyone else.

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    Advice to Management

    There is nothing that could be said to management here that has not already been said more eloquently by dozens of employees dozens of times. Quit. Sell the company. You are cogs in a machine of evil.

    IGI Global2016-01-31

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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
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    "*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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