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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I hope they figure it out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Globe Pequot full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Globe Pequot Press, which owns Lyons Press, GPP, Falcon Guides, Two Dot, is made up of a very good bunch of people who oversee lots of talent and great brands. People worked hard and created great books, but in addition to uncertain management, sales was always a problem.

    Cons

    Under Morris Communications, management was weak and indecisive. With new owners, Rowman & Littlefield, management seems a bit overbearing and demanding. Everybody, from the lowest level to the managers feel burdened with rigid new procedures and lots of paperwork. Hopefully a livable balance will develop between the procedures and rules R&L has developed as owners of many tiny publishing companies and what needs to happen with this largest-by-far of their acquisitions, which won't necessarily flourish under rules created for companies of one or two people.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up and get to know the employees as people/individuals.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling years to come"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people work there. They all love what they and do it because they love it. Everyone knows they could be making 10x more money anywhere else but they choose to stay.

    Cons

    Work load is heavy and everyone is under paid (except publicity). Guilford branch will probably be closed in the next 3-5 years and the rest of "Globe Pequot" will crumble under R&L after that.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and treat employees like humans instead of machines. In a struggling industry this company could succeed if they had better management.

  3. "Acquisitions Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Globe Pequot full-time

    Pros

    The people in the trenches are good to work with though many are gone after the mass layoffs and the rest feel the target on their backs.

    Cons

    Very bad management, both before and after the R&L buyout. Editors are given a ridiculous workload for low compensation and weak benefits while using computers and software from the 90s. They are expected to manipulate writers into bad contracts while knowing full well that the publicity department will do next to nothing for promoting books.

    Advice to Management

    The emphasis on quantity over quality is driving a downward spiral. After the merger, several of the imprints could/should have been combined to make them much stronger.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Company and remaining employees have been demoralized."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the original employees are the best to work with. But with the recent purchase by R&L, many will no longer be there by the end of October.

    Cons

    What was once a proud company that produced a high quality product has been put through the ringer. At this point they would have been better off to have closed the doors. While the new owner has offered employees better benefits than Morris, no one still knows if they will have jobs, pay increases to offset the 7 years of decreases, and any return of what R&L has taken away. What is left at this point is a shell of a company with lessened technology and poor employee morale of not knowing what the future holds because of a lack of communication from R&L. R&L has not been forward and honest with the employees they have inherited. I'm sure this will continue with anyone that joins R&L. Say your prayers good bye to once was known as Globe Pequot Press.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ratings pertain to new ownership"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Guilford, CT
    Former Employee - Sales in Guilford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Globe Pequot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues who work well together. If I'd answered this question before it was bought by Rowman & Littlefield, I'd be listing a lot more pros here.

    Cons

    Poor pay, not much time off, those have always been the case at GPP. But now turned into a shell by new owners who laid off dozens and are running it themselves. Their systems are much more corporate and top-down--do not appear to have much taste for innovation. Morale very low. My negative review of the CEO doesn't refer to Jim Joseph, who is no longer CEO. It refers to Jed Lyons of Rowman & Littlefield.

    Advice to Management

    It was a mistake to lay off some of the people who actually brought in revenue. If your idea of making money from a company you buy is to turn it into a publisher in name only, then you achieved your goal. The GPP employees are not cogs in a machine, and if you acknowledged that during what is inevitably a difficult time anyway, you might have more of them staying because they want to--not because they haven't found their next job yet.


  6. "Headed downhill"

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    Former Employee - Acquisitions Editor in Guilford, CT
    Former Employee - Acquisitions Editor in Guilford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Globe Pequot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Lots of opportunities to make a difference, take on responsibility
    Very nice town

    Cons

    Salary is embarrassingly low
    No annual reviews or salary increases for last 6 years
    Corporate office talking about selling or closing
    Cost of living is expensive
    Morale is very low and everyone's on the job market
    Book budgets are low

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront about transition decisions so employees can find another job


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Globe is a great company that really cares about their employees"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Guilford, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Guilford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Globe Pequot as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a freelancer for 6 months it was a very casual and pleasant work environment. They had the latest programs and Mac computers. They set me up with a new Mac when I arrived. Most employees were very friendly. There were many fun Friday special events like free pizza, salad and ice cream, international food day, chocolate fountain, and healthy green juice day! My boss was easy going and nice to work with. As a freelancer the hours were up to me. The hours were M-F come in when you want leave when you want. It was up to the freelancer how much they wanted to make.

    Cons

    The pay for freelancers wasn't as good as I expected for an experienced production artist. It was at the low end, entry-level. Though, it was a decent amount for me, some people would be very unsatisfied. Of course, no benefits for free-lancers. When the tax season came around I got slammed with a big tax bill. When the project was over, that was it. They did notify me 2 weeks before it was ending which was nice of them.

    Advice to Management

    If you get a freelancer that does a good job and is very enthusiastic, quiet and friendly you should give them a chance and make them full-time. Why do you let good people go and keep people that are fooling around on the job talking all day, drawing pictures on their iphones, making noises, are constantly sick or are talking on their iphones in the office.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work - very smart and dedicated workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the work itself and opportunites to make a difference

    Cons

    Globe is a great place to work - i would like a better benefit program


  9. "You know it must be a great job when you work for this salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guilford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is highly fulfilling
    Great group of people, including senior management
    Lots of opportunities for advancement
    Casual dress code
    1 half day Friday per month
    Guilford is a safe and attractive small town

    Cons

    Salary is well under national average
    Benefits aren't great
    Struggling industry
    Workload is stressful (staff is very lean)

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent with incentives, like salary increases (even if they are small)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place where you can do what you love and love what you do"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Guilford, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Guilford, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    I get the opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility and work on projects I'm passionate about. The challenges and payoffs are well balanced and good motivators. The reputation of the company is growing and looks like it will continue to grow. The general atmosphere is positive; most people have a can-do attitude and work very hard. Although some may over-commit, it is very possible to work 9-5 and balance your home life. Guilford is a gorgeous town in which to work and live.

    Cons

    The pay is low at lower levels and management is very reluctant to negotiate. Benefits could be better. People aren't always compensated fairly, since many put in a great deal of work without a lot of reward.

    Advice to Management

    Management would have a better idea of general morale and ideas if they asked for more input from employees.