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JES Publishing Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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  1. "Crazymakers, cash-strapped"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Editor in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at JES Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A truly beautiful book -- great layout, redesign
    A chance to dig in and write some really solid features

    Cons

    -crazymaker culture: screaming, profanities, berating staff, owners at odds with editorial execs -- no win situation.
    -plunging circulation, ad revenue -- feels like the Titanic
    -no succession plan, elderly and ill owners
    -whiplash brand identity: elegant and upscale one issue, farcical the next
    -a tiny office with three desks crammed into a 10-10 space
    -lots of drama: screaming, shouting and crying, ugh
    -three senior editors fled in 12 months (and ad sales director) which says a lot about how unpleasant it is here
    -no raises
    -poor and outdated technology
    -left my job at a Fortune 500 publishing company (14 years of editorial leadership in features, plus literary journalism grad degree) and was afforded little autonomy as editor, urged to take control by owners, cut off at the pass by group ed who seem at cross purposes.

    Advice to Management

    -invest your editorial leaders with autonomy
    -don't pit editors against one another
    -settle on a brand identity and work hard to deepen it
    -hire some ad sales staff with media sales experience
    -catch up to 21st century leadership principles and stop screaming, berating staff


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    "Weak Management"

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

    I worked at JES Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Good people and fun products

    Cons

    No management structure leaves you high and dry if you have serious problems

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    "Editorial/Social Media Intern"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hands on experience. Chance to create and produce a published spread in a printed/virtual seasonal issue.

    Cons

    Non-paid, and not enough work for three days a week.


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    "Advertising Sales"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JES Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Good editorial products with full time editorial staff. Opportunity to work with some great clients. Work from home offers some good flexibility.

    Cons

    Terrible ownership with bad temper and management practices, very negative environment. No paid vacation for sales. Not competitive salary. No guaranteed base after short initial period. No training. No medical benefits, no 401k match, no benefits, long time reimbursing expenses. Some unethical business practices. Lots of gossip and blame between departments and staff, encouraged by management style. Some terrible clients who don't pay so you don't get paid. Sales has to be collections. Constantly threatening to take accounts away. Terrible environment when owners in town.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate your people. Don't just say "they don't know what they are doing, they're stupid" when clients complain or give you valuable feedback to keep earning the business.
    Karma.


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    "Terrific clients, terrible leadership."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at JES Publishing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working from home office, schedule flexibility, straight commission.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership and ownership, small family run business does not run as a professional organization, negative corporate culture, no benefits.


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    "Egotistical editors and old and out dated art staff with no talent"

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    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at JES Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not a single one. Long hours for little pay and no benefits, not even a simple thank you.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, terrible working environment, egos out of control, terrible pay, no clear roles established-everyone has their finger in someone else's work. Terrible senior art director. Position of Associate Art Director is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of everyone from the top down. Senior art direction is too old, not current on design trends or software. Editors have huge egos and are not even good writers.