I worked at Interweave full-time (More than 5 years)
Small, family-friendly, nurturing, professional, vision-driven, employee-friendly
Salaries not as high as elsewhere
I worked at Interweave full-time (Less than a year)
Meeting good people, that cared about the company and what they do.
Leadership was incompetent, stressed out and direction unclear. Pay not competitive for the job. Low pay.
I have been working at Interweave full-time (More than a year)
Freedom plan (unlimited time off, but I don't think this exists anymore).
Reasonable work hours.
Not much room for advancement.
Employees were underpaid.
I worked at Interweave full-time (More than 3 years)
Fun, light-hearted topics of crafts. Pretty pictures to work with. Nice people, for the most part. Original owner was great and a super nice person.
Abusive manager allowed to prevail even though many complaints were lodged against her. I left on my own accord but was set up for failure and I would have been fired if I didn't. Before reporting to her, I had stellar annual reviews with raises. That this woman was allowed and even rewarded for her abusive behavior to several designers in her charge. She was eventually fired but long after she pushed up very good talented designers.
Advice to Management
Listen to your employees who have issues with their managers. This ignorance could set you up for lawsuits in the future.
Interweave is changing very very fast to meet the challenges of book publishing today. Lots of room for growth and advancement. Flexible and supportive company for off-site employees, of which it has many.
Very egalitarian--employees are regularly solicited for opinion and feedback of projects, regardless of position. Collaborative atmosphere, rather than competitive. Management is generally open and accessible, trusting of employees rather than micro-managing.
Interweave is changing very very fast to meet the challenges of book publishing today. Communication can be poor at times, especially as priorities can change very quickly. Very high-pressure, with very high expectations of employees. Becoming increasingly metrics-driven, sometimes losing sight of issues such as quality and market saturation.
Very UN flexible for office employees. As a media publisher, employees are regularly expected to provide magazine and emedia content on top of their regular duties, on their own time.
Advice to Management
Be more flexible to on-site employees. With the hours people work, a day at home makes all the difference.
Many employees are at their limit of productivity. Be willing to invest in more people if you expect to continue rapid growth.
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