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Encyclopædia Britannica Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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  1. "Good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Peoduct Team in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Peoduct Team in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great content, intelligent and dedicated team

    Cons

    Management is pulled in all directions by the owner.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the teams. Very good and motivated people, but they need more guidence


  2. "Nice Friendly People"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Meaningful mission of publishing knowledge. Great location. Good work life balance. Global operation that offers variety of projects to work on.

    Cons

    Not so great compensation and perks. Not great coordination of various department. Too many projects to work on without clear priority.

    Advice to Management

    More regular communication on how company is doing. Clear direction on where company is heading. Listen more to rank and file employees.


  3. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have been there for some time, and have worked with some great people who know what they're doing.

    Cons

    They have no direction and no real plan how to move forward in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to keep people more informed as to what is really going on and how we need to get there.


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  5. "Unclear view"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a place with a lot of potential for reinventing and experimenting in publishing today. Apparently, it has everything to create successful publishing digital materials. Great place for starters in publishing.

    Cons

    It's unclear where it's pointing out, confusing communication and processes. Low pay.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Antiquated and stale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time

    Pros

    The people are extremely nice. The product is respected, and the people are very intelligent. This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate or someone who is looking to supplement earnings with an existing cashflow within their household.

    Cons

    Each department, although dependent on each other, acts like an island. There is no communication and pay is awful. There is not much room for advancement. Some ideas are antiquated, although they are slowly playing catch up, it is hard for them to try new tricks. Creativity seems to be a bad word here.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better compensation and catch up with technology.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Combine staff social dysfunction, inert HR, and some severely hubristic individuals=meanness, rudeness, even harassment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job duties of an encyclopeda editor are a dream to some. There are some very nice, smart people.

    Cons

    Editorial management does not want want to get involved in HR matters, neither does HR. I was being harassed by someone who was putting a clear, odorless lubricant-type substance in my cube for more than six months. I reported it to HR after a few weeks of it, they said I needed to document it, which could only be done with corroboration in touching it. My supervisor helped me for a while and then got tired of it. I was treated like I was exaggerating an insignificant problem. I was asked by an editorial manager, "What do you want us to do about it, sleep here by your cube?" The point was that management should have figured out a way to help me. Instead they left me alone to deal with it.

    I was also treated rudely, meanly, and dismissively by some of the other workers. I have never been treated so poorly in a professional setting. It was shocking. I also found out there is a major gossip circuit there. It is a sick/ill work environment and now I know why so many people keep their heads down there (in addition to being socially unskilled).

    Advice to Management

    You need to let the employees know that they can come to you if they are being mistreated by other employees. Editorial management is not human resources management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Old company new tricks"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High work ethic, good values, good new products

    Cons

    Difficult being a publisher nowdays

    Advice to Management

    Match 401k
    Getter better sales management


  9. Helpful (3)

    "This industry is dying, like all of their print did."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and nice people.

    Cons

    The VP is a head strong stubborn bully.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house from the top down. There are people that are clearly abusing their seniority as well as their popularity within the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Good Value"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Encyclopædia Britannica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good work-life balance

    Cons

    salary growth has been sluggish


  11. Helpful (2)

    "digging its own grave"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours and great employees

    Cons

    no communication from management down
    probably lowest base salary in the field

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees. without that and the extreme low morale...people will continue to leave


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