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Gale Reviews

Updated November 2, 2018
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  1. "HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is team oriented and focused on collaboration

    Cons

    Challenging industry with changes to higher education and public library funding


  2. Helpful (1)

    "changing industry comes with job challenges"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    peers are some of the best in the industry; great benefits; valuable work being done

    Cons

    management is top heavy and doesn't empower middle managers; parts of the company are given freedom to act nimbly while other parts are governed by overly prescriptive policies

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team, nice working environment

    Cons

    No Bonus, revenues dropping down

    Advice to Management

    Revenue going down


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Perspective from Engagement Services Dept"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, collaborative team, Gale is known as one of the good guys in the industry, opportunities for philanthropy, company is in the midst of a product and growth renaissance

    Cons

    departmental management vision, there are people who have been in the same role for 10, 15, 20+ years who have no advanced. No clear guidance for advancement, many people leave the company because of this

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with a clear pathway for advancement (1 year, 5 year plan, etc.)


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good opportunities

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities and flexibility


  6. "Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Support in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and passionate employees

    Cons

    Departments should share information with each other more


  7. "Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    great company culture
    hardworking and passionate employees

    Cons

    departments could benefit by being more collaborative

    Advice to Management

    focus on the end-user experience and employees who have first hand knowledge

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Hopefully, back on track"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good products. Competitive with other companies' offerings.

    Cons

    Management in constant turmoil; always reacting rather than being proactive to marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the revolving doors.


  9. "Inside sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Library Sales Consultant in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Library Sales Consultant in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent base and commission, ok benefits, flexible schedule, good atmosphere, progressive company. Good way to get into the industry and learn.

    Cons

    Hard to change positions/departments. Sales people are almost always sales people, no matter what your degree might be. I have multiple, and have had a difficult time moving around.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career paths for your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Some great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people throughout the company, and awesome customers to work with!
    -Fun company-wide activities, as well as team activities (in and out of the office).
    -Casual office environment.
    -Flexible schedules

    Cons

    -Industry relies heavily on federal and state library funding
    -Limited advancement opportunities
    -Low raises (2% is a big raise here)
    -Performance goals may be tied to metrics you have zero control over