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Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Senior management is disoriented, makes drastic changes in no time (in 13 reviews)

  • No one is perfect and we have to make things perfect by being a part (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Technical editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours and WFHs

    Cons

    bad work life balance during the last stage of production and publishing


  2. "Friendly place"

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

    I worked at Packt full-time

    Pros

    -good work environment
    -Learned a lot about new technologies

    Cons

    limited growth opportunities
    nothing else that I know of!

  3. "Good People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Talented people
    Good Location

    Cons

    Management needs to be more involved and focus more on the quality of work rather than quantity of product. Deadlines need to be more realistic.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Product Executive
    Former Employee - Product Executive
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, Helpful Colleagues, Office Time flexibility (best thing), Work from home option (limited per month - depends on your Team leader I guess)

    Cons

    Salary is very, the growth is too slow in this company, Bad for employees on contract when it comes to salary, benefits and job security.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good for freshers worst for management roles"

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    Current Employee - Nil in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Nil in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Packt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work hours, Weekend offs and young crowd

    Cons

    Bad management and no insight to where the company is going

    Advice to Management

    Please have some insight and plan for future than talking about it.


  6. "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Packt full-time

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Politics should be minimised and salary increement

    Advice to Management

    Reduce politics


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment, Occasionally Very Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Packt full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible, casual environment
    - Lots of scope to advance quickly
    - Great remuneration package
    - Excellent HR Department
    - Interesting ideas, bright people

    Cons

    - Constantly redefining strategic goals
    - Aggressive targets mean there's always a desperate, tactical push to hit them each month, at the expense of longer term plans
    - Occasionally management will override well thought out strategies and replace with whimsical, poorly-conceived notions

    Advice to Management

    Packt operates in a fast paced marketplace, and that requires nimble strategy, but a strategy is only as solid as the firmament on which it is built. If a product has been rushed out too quickly, and under-budget, then everyone working on that product will spend all their time putting out fires and fixing things, leaving no time to innovate and be agile. If you then force them to do both at once, you are building an incredibly unstable tower, which ultimately WILL fall over.

    Also, so often at Packt it felt like we were always working to *mitigate* the impact of input from above. You have done a great job hiring and developing a bunch of really clever, driven people into management roles. Let them get on with their jobs, trust their decisions, TRUST THEM TO DO THEIR JOBS!

  8. "IT Research Editor"

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    Current Employee - IT Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - IT Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Packt full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Timings
    Good people
    Excellent working culture

    Cons

    Compensation for freshers is low.
    Promotions are slow.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary structure


  9. "Project Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Packt (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, no formals, nice

    Cons

    They make you wait at the time of interview for more than 3 hour

    Advice to Management

    Improve your HR team


  10. "Had a good introduction to the real world!"

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    Current Employee - Content Development Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Content Development Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Packt (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) A good place to begin your career with.
    2) Everyone is supportive and kind.
    3)Get to work with biggies in the I.T. industry.
    4)Relaxed environment, so it's easier for one to focus on work and not be stressed out.
    5)Social events.
    6)One gets to read amazing technical content in the process of developing it and getting the book published.That's my favorite part about the job.<3
    7) It's just my happy place.

    Cons

    1) At times, you find people overly relaxed and not doing their work. That's so annoying!
    2) Teammates gossiping doesn't feel nice. Not being able to gossip makes me feel left out.
    3)I was expecting better training for a CDE's role. I thought I'd be taught about psychology behind learning, learning theories, etc

    Advice to Management

    Please, if you could, stop team members from gossiping. It's just sad.


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