Palgrave Macmillan Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "great people work here"

    4.0
    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. "A sinking ship"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are wonderful. Truly all of my colleagues are smart, thoughtful, hardworking people. Each and every one of them deserve so much better.

    Cons

    Literally everything else. Since the merger with Springer, the Palgrave brand has been in a slow decline. The company does not care about the authors, the books, or the employees--they only care about profit. There is a massive effort to cut costs wherever they can, often at the expense of our books/authors. Further, everything is being outsourced these days if it possibly can be. The "editorial assistant" role is slowly being phased out, meaning that there is little to no support for editors--who, on top of having outrageous signing targets, are now bogged down with administrative work that in a traditional setting is handled by EAs. There is 0 room for upward mobility. The company does not prioritize promoting people from within or even helping with career development, despite having many highly qualified assistant/associate editors who would love to further their career. The workload is impossible and the pay is abysmal. We offer basically 0 author services anymore and the quality of production has gone massively downhill, which is embarrassing and frustrating. How do I explain to authors why we cannot send review copies, why we cannot market their books, why we no longer have a cover design team, why basic spelling mistakes are not being caught by copyediting? Springer basically wants to automate everything. They treat book publishing like a robotic endeavor with no room for individuality or nuance. Rather than caring about each individual book, all they care about is churning out content like sausages regardless of it is any good. I honestly cannot think of a single good thing about working here and unless you want to be driven absolutely mad by a nonsensical corporate agenda, I highly advise you stay away.

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  3. "Boring, pretty basic job"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice location and offices, good health benefits

    Cons

    Not a great salary, not enough diversity

  4. Helpful (3)

    "A lovely imprint destroyed by corporate greed"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -some colleagues are good -pay is decent

    Cons

    I started working here pre-Springer, and I loved my job. Now we are under Springer and it is terrible to come to work every day. Springer doesn’t care about authors, the books, quality, or anything except quantity and money. They cut cost wherever they can at the expense of the books. It’s been truly sad to watch Palgrave Macmillan be destroyed by another imprint. Don’t work here unless you’re looking for just a pay check where you can work your 9-5 and go. This company punishes people who care because you will always be disappointed.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't be another hamster in the wheel"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    Amazingly talented and creative people. You'll have the opportunity to travel even at an entry level Editorial Assistant position. If you're desperate for an job after college and are fully prepared to settle... Palgrave is the place for you. They hire regardless of what you majored in. It's a mildly reputable company, especially if you're just starting.

    Cons

    If you would like to be tremendously underpaid and overworked, you've come to the right place. Most entry level assistants are working on 80-110 books a year and the starting salary is laughable. The quality of the books is poor and barely rigorous. I can recall multiple times where I read some of the material I was asked to submit to production and I thought to myself "How on earth are we publishing this? The workload is intense and stressful. You are evaluated on how fast you can enter data and fill out forms. The workflow is ridiculously linear and automated it is almost impossible to avoid errors. When you do make simple human errors, do not expect an annual increase as they will use the most insignificant errors to justify not giving you an increase even if you meet and exceed all expectations. The office culture is terrible. The office is eerily quiet with little to no social activity. Everyone keeps to themselves to the point where all you hear for eight hours a day is the sound of people typing. If you drop a pen, that would be considered loud. All of higher management is located in the U.K. so do not expect any feedback to be relayed over efficiently.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Easy to get hired, but you'll regret it."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    EAs don't have to work insane hours or on the weekends; if you like the anonymity of working for a big company it's nice. Your paycheck comes on time every two weeks; company is flexible about time off/sick time. Opportunities for international travel (mainly for editors).

    Cons

    The merger between Springer and Palgrave completely ruined the Palgrave working environment. Any kind of enjoyment anyone might have had in the work is long gone because of unrealistically high numbers for limited staff, innumerable torturous and exacting automated "workflows", and generally a "quality over quantity" approach. There are so many intelligent, interesting people who work here who are reduced to how quickly they can push buttons and fill out forms. "The automated production and payment systems are inflexible and prone to error as the company continually aims for the bottom line, resulting in embarrassing errors and limitations in books and delays in paying authors (which is inexcusable for a company of this size). Overall, the work here is stressful depressing and tedious, and you will burn out quickly.

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible work environment"

    1.0
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    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.

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  8. "Nice place to learn"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan

    Pros

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

    Cons

    industry is a little shaky right now

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work - pay is low"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great People Constantly Shifting Management Though"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for 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.

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