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  1. "Stay Far Away"

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    Former Freelancer - Writer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scribe Media for less than a year

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    Any respectable freelance writer should stay far away as the projects are laughable and the pay terrible. The books they turn out are awful, too.

    Scribe Media2019-08-24

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  1. "The best people and work I could ever hope to find"

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Scribe Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have never felt so personally and professionally supported as I have since I joined the Scribe tribe, and that support has leveled me up as a human being in more ways than I can measure. This is, simply, a wonderful environment to bring your whole self to. You will be challenged. Anyone looking for a free pass on either your work or your self--look elsewhere. At Scribe, we not only encourage each other's growth and honesty, we demand it. We especially demand that you're honest with yourself. There is nothing at Scribe that is off the table for discussion. You can ask any question, bring up any issue. To anyone--seriously, the founders, the CEO, the executive team, anyone, anytime. And you can challenge and push back on any answer you get, especially the ones you don't like (which you'll get--a lot--because hey, radical honesty is our bag). We talk about what's best, not who's right. Will you violently disagree with things at times? Yes. Will you be held accountable for bringing up and owning your disagreement and opinions? YES. All the time, when I talk about work to non-tribe friends, they say things like, "I can't believe you're so direct and honest with your co-workers. I can't imagine revealing that much about myself. I can't imagine disagreeing with the CEO in front of everyone." I used to be that way, too, but now I can't imagine anything different. I'm taken seriously, I'm heard, I'm valued, and when I'm wrong, I'm shown why and given the help I need to improve. A lot is expected of me, and I'm not given a break--because my tribe actually believes in me and depends on me. It hasn't always been comfortable, but I'd take that discomfort--and the pursuant growth--over punch-a-clock comfort any day. Plus, the work itself that we do? Holy moly, I can't think of much else more rewarding. We help people tell their stories. We're sticklers for quality, and the books we publish are absolutely beautiful. The authors I've worked with have become friends. It's been amazing watching their success blossom. I've never had such immense personal satisfaction as I feel on a minute-to-minute basis at Scribe. I'll never leave.

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    Cons

    You will be pushed. You'll be uncomfortable sometimes. Your honesty and candor will be demanded. You'll get that honesty and candor in return. Most of all, you will be held accountable for thinking for yourself, for speaking up, for saying what you think, for owning your opinions, and for standing by what you believe, especially when you're challenged. These all seem like pros, but for some people, they turn out to be cons.

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    Advice to Management

    Thank you for strategizing smartly and setting us up for growth, not a temporary windfall. Keep doing what you're doing.

    Scribe Media2020-01-02
  2. "Yes, it's amazing, and..."

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    Former Employee - Manuscript Creative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Scribe Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are so many cool and talented people in this company. Some of them even marry each other, which is pretty dope. No matter what department you're in, you will learn a ton. You'll learn from the authors, the people you work with in the office, and everyone else you encounter. You'll definitely be challenged beyond your comfort zone every day. You'll work on books with a wide range of people from a bunch of different industries. You'll have so many potential mentors for everything from emotional growth to finances. You won't have to worry about being some fake-professional version of yourself every day. When they say bring your whole self to work, they mean it. Make vulgar jokes, wear whatever you want, make fun of the founder. If you get your work done, you can do pretty much anything else you want. There are slack channels set up for people to discuss their emotional journeys, whether with psychedelics, therapy, or anything in between. It's really quite incredible to watch how much some people grow. You'll help people improve their lives significantly, which is gratifying work. Some of the authors legit change their lives because of their books. Being part of that never gets old.

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    Cons

    Man, I hesitated even writing this. It is a mostly rewarding company to work with. But this company is so big on honest feedback and transparency that it'd be a disservice not to give critical feedback as well. *Workload for Writers* Ghostwriters can expect to write 8+ books at a time. It's definitely a churn and burn environment. You'll write a lot of books, but the more clients they have taken on the more quality began to slip. Hiring more writers would have been an easy solution, but I believe cash was tight. *Profit Share* Their career postings say the following: "The salary is not all you will make. All tribe members are entitled to discretionary profit sharing. When we say "profit sharing" we don't mean the BS "here's a tiny piece of equity that might be worth something in 10 years." We're already a profitable company, and 25% of the company profit goes to the Tribe. So every time we take profit distribution, you get a share of those actual profits." I was there for two years and they never paid a profit share. That's no problem--in 2018, the reasoning made sense: they were in the red that year by several hundred thousand dollars (and had just taken on a large loan). But in 2019 they made a profit. And still no profit share. They're all about asking questions, but it's a different story when you ask the profit sharing question! Of course I'm not there anymore, so their Head of People might be able to elaborate in his response to this review. *Culture* The company has been lauded for its culture (most notably by Entrepreneur Magazine, which has a significant partnership with Scribe). And there are parts of the culture that are great--dogs in the office, wear whatever you want, free lunch on Fridays. However, the emotional openness and vulnerability that are encouraged by the company come at a cost. Most notably, opening up about your past and your emotional issues can lead to having them used as an ad hominem argument against you. For example, I was tasked with writing a Language Bible for the company. I bristled against it, saying I felt uncomfortable trying to dictate how people were expected to communicate within Scribe. The founder responded by saying I was projecting my own issues onto the task. That kind of phrasing--"You're projecting your own issues onto this"--is a common method to dismiss critical feedback in the company. It's pretty brilliant, actually. Anyway, it was a wild two years at Scribe. Did I learn a lot? Hell yeah. Am I happy I worked there? Absolutely. But leaving was one of the best professional choices I've ever made (my blood pressure immediately returned to normal after I put in my two weeks notice). I'll leave with this quote from Chomsky that pretty well sums up the culture at this company: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” ― Noam Chomsky Greg

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    Advice to Management

    Advice doesn't work. I can only tell my story.

    Scribe Media2019-12-19

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