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Updated February 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, relaxed working environment, 37 (in 5 reviews)

  • I worked at PIL just shy of 3 years and it was my first job out of college, so it hold a special place in my career (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Despite the size of the company, PIL offered very little opportunity for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Terrible management, low salaries, general bad form in most areas (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Reprints"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Lincolnwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked on exciting projects with well-known licensed characters.

    Cons

    Unsteady workflow. Work was very minimal and repetitive.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "CopyWriting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Writer in Morton Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Writer in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Literally no redeeming qualities.

    Cons

    This was the worst job of my life, low pay, no vacation or time off (even an hour for appointments) and very rude management. It is a step above a sweatshop, they don't care about the product or quality of anything they just want to get it out the door. Management is rude and aggressive and no career goals or pathing is remotely available. It was just one of the most negative work environments I have ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees and treat them like humans. Don't favor people and inspire them to do good work by caring about what you do by even just a minimal amount.


  3. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Product Development in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Development in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Publications International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous pay when one may perform. International platform to make best use of my experience and skill

    Cons

    There is not much to say on the Cons side. Still miss the time I spent at the company.

    Advice to Management

    I wished that we had move a sooner/quicker move when the electronic gadget as iPhone and iPad hit the market.


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  5. "sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre-Press Coordinator in Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Pre-Press Coordinator in Lincolnwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Publications International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great health care & PTO

    Cons

    very low pay. little to no raises.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees see how the company is sinking. Take pride in your employees. Reward them. try and boost morale.


  6. "Art Director"

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    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Publications International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, enjoyable work. Everyone usually goes home on time. Good medical insurance.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Poor communication and scheduling. No employee appreciation or training. Below market compensation. Lucky to get 2% annual increase. No 401k matching.

    Advice to Management

    Value and trust your employees! Delegate and communicate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to have left!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Publications International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at PIL for over 10 years and loved it. I started out earning next to nothing but quickly advanced and held several positions. Each better than the last. I worked with some of the most amazing people I'd ever met and have built many long lasting friendships. if you work there and don't have fun, you're just not trying. My husbands job moving out of state was the only reason I left.

    Cons

    Don't have much to say here, although i was very sad to hear of all the turmoil in the last few years.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people working there, friendly helpful. Lower paid but all pull together to get the work done

    Cons

    Management totally sucks. Stuck in the past. Blind leading the deaf. Company losing money


  9. "Such a shame"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at PIL just shy of 3 years and it was my first job out of college, so it hold a special place in my career. I really loved all the people I worked with *for the most part* and always felt like we were putting out great work. It could even be fun sometimes because we attended alot of industry events.

    Cons

    Nearly my entire department was let go in one day, except for a few people. It was one of the most traumatic things that ever happened to me. This is not a stable company, unfortunately. And it's too bad because PIL publishes excellent books all of kinds, and their auto website, Consumer Guide, is fantastic and extremely underrated.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for those snake people other than god help you.


  10. "Defining Moment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Lincolnwood, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Lincolnwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Publications International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at PIL for 23 years. In retrospect, it was the job that defined my career. The fat days lasted up until the company expanded to two offices. There were always stimulating projects to work on and really talented people as co-workers. I can't speak for everyone, but I was generously compensated, at least in terms of book publishing.

    Cons

    The management made some poor business decisions, which then required laying off more than half of the entire staff. At one point, the company employed more than 400 people. Now there are fewer than 100 employees. The book publishing industry was hard hit by the recession, and never recovered. Most companies that survived ended up merging with a larger corporation. Despite the size of the company, PIL offered very little opportunity for advancement. I was promoted once during my extensive tenure, and not even to a manager level.

    Advice to Management

    Step outside of the executive orange carpet area occasionally for a reality check, just to see how the rest of your employees are fairing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Stayed too long..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Publications International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good starter job, Good work/life balance,

    Cons

    Poor management, Poor ownership, little room for advancement, Management/ownership seemed to have a distaste and disrespect for it's employees.



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