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  1. "eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grey House Publishing (More than a year)

    Pros

    something to do when theres nothing to do. sell books, push books on the underground market. im just trying to get to twenty words

    Cons

    $ or lack there of. why do i need to do a twenty word minimum? libros, books. book, libros. somebody is bilingual.

    Advice to Management

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Transported Back to the Early 1990's"

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    Former Employee - Telephoner in Amenia, NY
    Former Employee - Telephoner in Amenia, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The town was friendly and it was enjoyable to take lunches away from the office.

    Cons

    If you are more than 5 minutes late, your pay gets docked. They keep track of this by having you punch in an actual time card...with a stamp.

    They do not value forward thinking. It's their way or the highway. Don't expect to make a difference at this company at all. They don't want it. They just want you to stay in line the entire time.

    The higher ups will hardly remember your name because they're barely even there. They're always off on a vacation somewhere.

    The computers are at least 10 years old and I remember being forced to use a DOS program to access their book database. Everything was done to save money therefore nothing was updated.

    If you aren't unbelievably friendly to everyone. they will find a way to fire you because you don't "adhere to company culture." What exactly IS the company culture here?

    You can't adjust your hours at all. Lunches are unpaid and must be taken between 11 and 1. You are forced to work 35 hours and must take an hour lunch. You can't opt to take a half hour lunch or skip lunch to make the normal 40 hours required for a full-time gig so you can make an actual livable wage for your family.

    There is never paid time off unless you work there for a year. You can't get holiday pay either. And if work is closed because of a snow storm? You also don't get paid and can't ever make up your hours. This company will always find a reason to not pay you if they can.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers like people and maybe they will want to try harder. Buy lunch for the staff once and awhile, train people on how to be better at their job. Update your computers and techniques and bring the company in to the present. It's stuck in the early 90's and I'm afraid that will be the reason why this company will eventually close.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely the worst company I've ever worked for bar none."

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    Former Employee - Sales Account Representative in Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Account Representative in Hackensack, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Grey House Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like kissing rear ends and saying yes repeatedly when the edge of the cliff is in front of you, then by all means send them your resume.

    Cons

    The owners are clearly trapped in the 70's. You are micro-managed with outdated sales techniques. Management will ask for your input and suggestions for marketing and developing content only to never, ever consider using said suggestions from the sales team.

    You compete directly with outside sales reps and vendors for sales credit. You constantly have to watch how sales are credited. If you as the inside sales rep and the outside sales rep are working with the same client, you literally have to fight each other to get credit in order to meet your sales goals. If you do a good job and get a client to buy yet they purchase from an outside vendor, you don't get paid.

    Training is a complete joke. There is no product knowledge training what so ever. Content is rarely published on time. The platform for their online databases has not been updated nor improved in 7 years.

    Management is AFRAID, yes afraid to be honest with the owners about how content should be developed and marketed. Poorly designed marketing emails are sent twice a week with numerous errors. The emails are so bad that clients wouldn't even open them after a while making them completely ineffective.

    The sales manager based in Canada has no clue about school, college, and public library budget cycles within the U.S. This same person would also selectively forecast sales goals that were impossible to attain during slow periods of business. This person also claims to help with putting you into a position to exceed your sales goals but his method of training and mentoring is repeating the same advice that isn't working while riding your tail. When you tell this person his sales techniques are not helping, he takes it personal and plots to get you out the door with fabricated write ups.

    You must get approval for vacation days 30-days in advance, I repeat, 30-DAYS IN ADVANCE. You cannot take a vacation day on the same day as a co-worker. You must also save at least 5 days of vacation to use during the Christmas holidays to ensure you get paid when they close the office for a week.

    IF YOU VALUE YOUR SALES CAREER AND SANITY, AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS. Seriously, you'd be happier and making more money working the drive through window at Wendy's.

    Advice to Management

    There is no hope for this company. I'd suggest they sell and retire. They prefer traveling and vacationing over bringing their company into the 21st century.


  4. "A Most Dehumanizing Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Grey House Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty much none - well, of course you have the fellow workers some of which were really great individuals, but they are usually there for about the duration of a long airport connection.

    Cons

    Daft management, No communication, ignorant, bovine marketing, elephantine sales / crm software from the 80s (sluggish minds refuse to acknowledge upgrading) - THIS COMPANY WILL COMMIT TO A VERBAL ANNUAL SALARY THEN PROCEED TO CONVERT INTO HOURLY RATE SO AS TO ENFORCE A HIGHLY SUSPECT PRACTICE OF USING A PUNCH CARD TIME CLOCK AND DOCK EVERY EMPLOYEE 1/4 HOUR FOR EVERY 2 MIN DISCREPANCY ON THE PUNCH CARD - THIS OFTEN MEANS EMPLOYEES WORKING OVER 40HRS A WEEK YET RECEIVING LESS THAN THEIR FULL PAY

    Advice to Management

    they are not worth it, not capable of understanding it - singularly feudal exploitative company intentionally engaging in these practice


  5. "Telephone Marketing at its worst !....."

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    Former Employee - Inside sales Rep in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Inside sales Rep in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grey House Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I will have the decency of giving this company at least a 2-star rating, mainly because the products were good.... The commissions were O.K. You did see an increase in your paycheck if you did the footwork. But was a hard sell.

    Cons

    The leads were horrific, they have been used over and over , The lead program must have been created at the beginning of the computer age! You had to hunt for the sale.
    If you praised the mgmt daily you would have a job. Only a handful of reps would get the "Preferred Leads" and only 2 people would make more than 8 sales a day.
    Not an even playing ground.

    Advice to Management

    give it up.... go get another job!


  6. "Work at McDonalds before you work here"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Amenia, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Amenia, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fairly convenient to home... Amenia is a quaint town

    Cons

    low pay, obnoxious managers, bad products out moded office equipment

    Advice to Management

    move into the 21st century and fire your sales pit boss


  7. "Greyhouse Publishing..... beware!"

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice view from the window. Very lax in dress code. Some people wear slippers and pajamas to work. No reason to work there, really. It;s just a job to fill in while you're looking for a real job.

    Cons

    Favoritism abounds in what to sell, so only a few actually make any kind of money at all. If "they" don't like you, they fire you. They give people they don't like unpopular books to sell.

    Advice to Management

    Advice? How about being real with your employees, how about hiring people who really know how to do the job instead of hurting people?