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Kalmbach Publishing Reviews

Updated December 2, 2017
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  1. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees are all very nice.

    Cons

    People are buying/subscribing to magazines pike they use to.


  2. "A shell of itself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Cool topics, good springboard for other jobs

    Cons

    The company is struggling. Magazines are becoming out of favor. Vacation plan is a joke.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its a great place to work! The culture and work-life balance are wonderful. Employees are friendly and treat each other with respect.

    Cons

    The publishing field/industry has gone through a lot of transition and change and Kalmbach has felt the effects of that over the past few years. Its been exciting to see new events, new brands and an acquisition happen over the past year and I hope that positive forward progress continues.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid like the plague! There is a reason they have such high turnover."

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

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time

    Pros

    1) I worked with some passionate, knowledge editors who taught me a lot about publishing. 2) The graphic artists and designers are talented, creative individuals confined to the standardized Kalmbach magazine design, instead of letting them design to the audience. A model railroad magazine's audience is different from a jewelry making or science magazine's audience. The layout should reflect that!

    Cons

    1) Customer focus is not about giving employees the opportunity to help shape the product to better serve the audience. It's a tool HR uses to manage employees. 2) Honesty is not a virtue management lives by. They make promises and don't keep them. They tell you what they think you want to hear. 3) the pay sucks

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and honest with your employees! We all know that times are tough for publishers. We joined the company because we want to share our hobby with like-minded enthusiasts. The secrecy and rumors breed paranoia and an awful working environment!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Location is easy to get to and safe.

    Cons

    No job security, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Think twice"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office space, good location

    Cons

    Micro managing, a bit smothering
    Low pay within the industry

    Advice to Management

    Be more modern. Allow telecommuting.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A good stepping stone to start my career"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Variety of responsibilities, kind coworkers, work closely with executives. I learned a lot in this position that would ultimately help my career down the road, but it was clear to me I wouldn't stay much longer than two years since there wasn't room to grow.

    Cons

    Kalmbach is currently changing its internal structure, there was a lot of uncertainty when I decided to leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Before large changes are made, have a clear plan of action in place that can be communicated with employees.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Prepress Technician Photshop Retouching Video Production in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Prepress Technician Photshop Retouching Video Production in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kalmbach Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment and culture. Good benefits. I was a long term employee at Kalmbach.

    Cons

    None really. I enjoyed working there.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Struggling company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kalmbach Publishing (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Generally easy to maintain work/life balance - as long as your manager believes in such things.
    -Easy to get to from I-94

    Cons

    -Beware of certain managers who expect unpaid overtime as part of the job!
    -People in charge of major decisions ignore input, suggestions, or drags out the process to input any changes that it looses all it's momentum or effectiveness.
    -Atmosphere is ultra-conservative and majority of the staff are either resistant to change or just marking time until retirement.
    -For the past year (2015) they are cycling every 3-4 months with mass layoffs, making for a very tense and stressful work environment. Even though each time that layoff is "the last one."
    -If you are a female, minority, or under 35 good luck! if you are a white male, welcome to the club.

    Advice to Management

    Things to improve:
    Transparency
    Communication
    MORALE
    Appreciation of employees
    Know your customers (external) they aren't all elderly males


  10. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    Pros

    Corp. Culture is good. Work hours provide a good balance. .

    Cons

    Pay/compensation could be better. Market/industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be more Transparent.


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