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Palgrave Macmillan Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "great people work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    Excellent community, surrounded by intelligent hard working people committed to academic publishing. Great location, good reputation, room to move up, supportive services, working with strong authors.

    Cons

    The recent merger with Springer has caused a bit of unsettlement, with new systems being introduced, but also provided new opportunities. Lots of turnaround, which seems common in the industry, workload can be quite intense, but also interesting.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    The people are very nice (in the NY office).

    Cons

    There is no direction with the company. It has become increasingly UK run who seem to possess little empathy and understanding of their US co-workers. Rather than look for solutions to make sure everyone is happy, they continue to be baffled as to why people continue to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. They are people too. Not just cogs in a machine that have to put up with your bad decisions.


  3. "Nice place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everybody is very smart and willing to help share their input on various projects

    Cons

    industry is a little shaky right now


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work - pay is low"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    People there are really smart, but it's changed a lot since I was working there. Really organized and dedicated group at the time, though.

    Cons

    Pay is low, work expectations are high - as with pretty much all publishing jobs, they expect you to be able to do everything and then some, and do it thankfully for half the normal salary.

    Advice to Management

    From what I hear, there's a lot of changes happening, so I think good communication and expectations would be the best course of forward.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great People Constantly Shifting Management Though"

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

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and the products produced. Some great cutting edge material

    Cons

    Management was all over the place. I don't know what it is currently like though.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Very Underpaid Publishing House"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Marketing jobs at Palgrave are relatively low stress and you do get summer fridays which is nice.

    Cons

    This is one of the lowest paid publishing houses in NYC. At least for entry level positions, there is no negotiating salaries at all.

    Advice to Management

    Make the salaries more competitive so your employees feel like their work is being valued!


  8. "Innovative publisher"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Unafraid of taking risks, energetic, smart employees

    Cons

    Salary levels lower than industry standard


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for young professionals looking to become editors. Leeway in what projects can be pursued and contracted.

    Cons

    The company hires inexperienced editors which, for some, can provide a path for fast career growth. Once a person is hired, though, he or she can forget about promotions or new opportunities for growth. The company has become a title mill--adherence to "academic rigor" and "innovation" is just talk. Managers determine success by spreadsheets, and the company's bottom line means sacrificing high-quality content for "hitting numbers" and signing quotas. Some managers advocate unethical signing practices as well, pushing editors within their disciplines to sign books that are not academically rigorous. Stressful work environment that does not pay enough to substantiate the burden it places on its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn how to go above and beyond managing by spreadsheet. Incredible turnaround statistics and lack of strong candidates applying to open positions should signal that all is not well within their press. It is up to them to listen to the signals which surround them instead of burying their heads in the sand.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Editorial Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Young team
    -Work closely with UK / international offices
    -Nice offices
    -Participate in Summer Fridays
    -Good relationship between editorial and production
    -High volume prepares you for anywhere else

    Cons

    -Uneven training
    -EAs are the company's whipping boys
    -Low salaries even for publishing
    -Little interest in young employee career development
    -High turnover rate
    -Semimonthly paychecks
    -More focus on quantity than quality
    -Not a "team player" environment

    Advice to Management

    -Create global base criteria for promotion
    -Invest in employee career development
    -Create mentors / training for first-time managers
    -Include review of managers by managees in annual reviews


  11. "Decent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to work independently and within teams

    Cons

    Not a lot of support

    Advice to Management

    Support the US office more



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