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Gale Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Gale provides a great work-life balance and flexibility (in 11 reviews)

  • There are great people and smart folks to work with (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "HR"

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    • 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. "Excellent Company Headed in the Right Direction"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Committed to creating new and forward-looking products that are among the very best in the market
    -Excellent sales support teams for field sales reps
    -Sophisticated clientele
    -Collaborative and friendly team at HQ
    -Excellent learning environment
    -Product development team is second-to-none
    -Great benefits

    Cons

    -Large territories for field sales team members means a lot of travel for some territories, they are very up front about this during hiring
    -Not many opportunities for advancement from field sales roles
    -Executive management largely isolates itself from anyone below mid-management level.
    -Some micromanagement by middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time actively engaging with the people on the ground, in the field, who are actively in front of your customers. The best way to understand why something isn't working is to get in the trenches once in a while to experience it first person.


  3. "Great Culture, Great People!"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gale has a culture where shared core values leads to trust and teamwork. Trust and teamwork lead to innovation and continuous improvement. Innovation and a growth mindset provide motivation and satisfaction. Gale provides a great work-life balance and flexibility. The technical challenges are also extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Too focused on revenue at times, but getting better. The true focus should be on helping our library markets and patrons to be more successful.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on our customer and user's problems. Help them to be successful. The revenue will follow.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "District Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Solid products.

    Cons

    No investment in acquisition of new library related companies, but rather investment in parent company tools and companies


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good PTO policy, no work to take home.

    Cons

    Old school management philosophies need to be brought into the digital age.

    Advice to Management

    Try new things, break out from the old.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Gale is forging ahead"

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    Current Employee - Technology in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Technology in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong executive management team
    Best group of product managers in a long time
    Technology teams continue to push Agile bounds
    Intelligent approach to new products
    Some real innovation is starting to creep into several areas - it's almost scary

    Cons

    High turnover in sales and marketing teams
    Needs to get out from underneath Text Book division's constraints
    If they truly trusted employees, they wouldn't continue the annual goals/appraisal farce
    Midlevel managers were good at something once, but it's not being a manager

    Advice to Management

    Be brave. Trust your people. Invest in existing products. Our sales people have the most current understanding of the market, our customers, and our products. Why isn't their voice heard throughout the product development process?


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Does not pay Vacation time when you leave!!!!!"

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

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    it's a job. Decent work environment, Good pay for the area that I live in.

    Cons

    Very silo'd. DOES NOT PAY VACATION TIME upon separation (unless in a handful of states, not the one that I am in). Very management heavy in the upper ranks. Career advancement is tough. Future is very dependent on the company numbers in a very tough market.

    Advice to Management

    Do better for and with the employees.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, low salaries"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress, flexible work setting, great industry.

    Cons

    Low salaries, corporate politics, upper-mgmt favoritism, lack of promotions from within.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Management Issues"

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    Former Employee - Library Sales Consultant in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Library Sales Consultant in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good archive collections and monographs, but most focus is on Europe and Great Britain. Works well with most discovery services.

    Cons

    All over the board when it comes to direction from management. First, told to offer deep discounts out the door, then told no discounts will be allowed. For my less than 2 years with the company, there were 3 different Sales/Marketing VPs, 1 complete reorganization and many, many changes in company direction. Always chasing the competition with services. Many people are leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Current"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great perks!

    Cons

    Raises are not high at all



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