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Jennifer Bryerton and Robin Bethke
9 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Passionate about Community"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ivy Publications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I loved the variety of the work - we had many publications along with events, social media, reader contests - there was always some new idea to get excited about. I felt like the owners really listened and worked hard with us. I rarely stayed late and when I did, they were always there working too. We had top of the line equipment, a beautiful office space, they paid for training, advances were offered, several staff...

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    Cons

    There were always more ideas than hours in a day which some people struggled with. It requires a certain amount of creativity and flexibility to work in an office where multiple projects are happening simultaneously. If you are looking for a factory job - this isn't it! I received a promotion and multiple raises. Because it is a small company there are not many opportunities for a promotion but I observed that the owners...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire slower in sales. Remember, salespeople are good at selling themselves and while you are enthusiastic, many of them seem to be searching for the easy job with a big payout.

    Ivy Publications2014-12-01
  2. "Scary"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ivy Publications

    Pros

    The office is in a pastoral setting, but the facade hides many evils inside. Free chocolate.

    Cons

    These people are maniacal and they use intimidation to coerce their employees.

    Ivy Publications2016-08-04
  3. Helpful (4)

    "sales"

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

    I worked at Ivy Publications

    Pros

    Fun selling very nice magazines

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work

    Ivy Publications2016-02-23
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Run!"

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

    I have been working at Ivy Publications

    Pros

    Only pro is the co workers who truly support one another.

    Cons

    The owners are a toxic nightmare! Neither one of them has a business degree or background and it shows! They have such high turnover due to how they treat their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and try to be nice creating a nicer work environment to enjoy everyday and get some ethics!!

    Ivy Publications2016-03-17
  5. Helpful (4)

    "High Turnover Dominates for a Reason"

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

    I worked at Ivy Publications full-time

    Pros

    Exciting and varied projects, fantastic and trendy office space, plenty of resources, kind coworkers, opportunities to challenge yourself, private desk space, flexibility

    Cons

    If you look at the masthead year to year, you will see that there is extremely high turnover. Management can be brutal, without a regard for the fact that their employees often put in a ton of extra hours, including working straight through the weekend. Many of their tactics are subtle (like jokingly criticizing employees for taking a break to get a coffee, after having worked through lunch), but it ends up being devastating....

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your future employees by training them so you can create a strong work culture that continues to improve year after year. The company will be all the better for it. Hire a manager to oversee the office from 9-5, so employees have consistent access to management. Have more company-wide meetings so all your employees stay informed of deadlines and the directions projects are taking, rather than telling employees...

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    Ivy Publications2016-02-19
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great group of people to work with, unclear understanding of direction and chain of command"

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    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ivy Publications part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was very excited to be offered a sales position. As a parent I appreciated the flexibility in the scheduling. I very much enjoyed the people I met and the local companies I learned more about. My fellow sales people were awesome, the faces changed often, the ones that lasted were great to work with. The office staff were nice and helpful most of the time.

    Cons

    The biggest complaint I had was lack of organization, which led to direction, and the chain of command. To follow that, not seeing the bosses in the office on a daily basis. Most of all the communication was through email. At all times you know who the boss is, I would receive emails all throughout the day and night. It would be nothing to have an email with one idea in the morning and then a contradictory email with...

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    Advice to Management

    Reward those employees that have stuck by you through the long haul. Make reasonable expectations of your employees and reward them once they have completed their goal.

    Ivy Publications2014-03-18
  7. "Flexible Positions & Schedules, Great Community Resource"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ivy Publications part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked with company part-time at first then as a consultant for many years. Have seen this small company be a great place for people re-entering workforce and needing flexibility, also as a good place for people just starting out to gain experience and new skills. Nice to feel like one is contributing to the betterment of the local community. Very locally focused. I appreciate too that owners are very supportive of staff,...

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    Cons

    Because of the flexibility and the opportunities for reentering workforce, there are lots of part time people and sometimes temporary staff for projects so lots of new faces. Institutional knowledge isn't always passed on well.

    Ivy Publications2014-03-17
  8. "A wonderful learning experience with a mission."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ivy Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an active mom, heavily involved in the community, I quickly became a fan of AlbemarleFamily Magazine (now CharlottesvilleFamily) after moving here at the beginning of 1999. The magazine was/is such a GREAT resource and (really) provides a wonderful community service. Having two elementary-aged children at the time, and not being familiar with the area, its content was invaluable. Even though my kids are off on...

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    Cons

    My biggest challenge in working there was a schedule that didn't work with my life at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do! It's hard to be successful in business, harder to be successful as a woman in business, and harder still to balance that with kids and family. You guys do wonderful things well.

    Ivy Publications2014-03-21
  9. Helpful (6)

    "One of the owners asked me to write this. She's nervous about the negative ones. Just shows you how out of touch she is."

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

    I worked at Ivy Publications

    Pros

    You really do feel like you are part of a good product. My coworkers were great although moral was low and kept there by the owners by the way they were treated.

    Cons

    If you are going to work here, be prepared. The owners go for the throat. You will be told that the company operates in the red most of the time and any money you get is taking money out of the owner's children's college funds. Not kidding! You will be called out in front of everyone. You will be told that you are "obviously overwhelmed" when in fact you just had the rug pulled out from under you for doing what...

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    Advice to Management

    It's time to hold up the mirror ladies. Karma does exist and that drain you are circling doesn't let out into a tropical bay.

    Ivy Publications2014-03-18
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Nice Publications but ......."

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

    I worked at Ivy Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My co-workers were wonderful, I’d be thrilled to work with them again. The publications are something to be proud of.

    Cons

    However, management was constantly changing policies, procedures, and job descriptions depending on what struck their fancy that week rather than creating a well thought out strategic plan for how to run and operate the business. It’s a swirling frenzy that doesn’t allow employees to think for themselves or take any initiative without fear of being raked over the coals. There is an extremely high turnover rate,...

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    Ivy Publications2014-02-04
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