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Riverside Publishing Reviews

Updated September 1, 2016
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  1. "Art Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Illustrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illustrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Riverside Publishing (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and free coffee.

    Cons

    Hard to affect change, unfortunately

    Advice to Management

    The grunts know what's wrong and have an idea how to fix it. Consider listening.


  2. "Test Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Development in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Test Development in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good staff that want to do well.

    Cons

    Watch your back. People are so afraid they will loose their jobs, they wil lie to cover themselves. Had great leadership a couple of years ago that HMH got rid of without notice. VPs only take care of themselves and will throw workers under the bus for their poor decisions and management. HR is horrible. They do not maintain confidentiality. They allowed an employee to harass female employees because he was well liked by management. The employee is still there but a couple of the females that complained are now gone. It used to be a great place to work but has really gotten bad in the last two years. The most important thing is being liked by management rather than producing good work. It's like all the good people were let go, especially if they were vocal and tried to change things for the better. It is like a cancer is growing and no one cares. I am currently looking for other work.

    Advice to Management

    Replace all management and make Riverside its own division again. Or sell it off.


  3. "Overall good company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall, good company to work for. Good perks for a large company.

    Cons

    The compensation could have been better especially since the insurance premiums increased.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and Work from home allowed.

    Cons

    Poor Management.
    Contractors are never hired.
    Doesn't value good resources.


  6. "Friendly, professional staff who care about education"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverside Publishing full-time

    Pros

    The middle management and staff at Riverside genuinely care about the products they create and the projects they work on. They do their best to create quality assessments.

    Cons

    There is little communication from upper management and HR. Getting information about company focus and direction is next to impossible, which often creates a sense of unease.


  7. "Interesting, quiet workspace."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, great employees and a wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    None! This honestly is an awesome company to work for!

    Advice to Management

    You're doing it right.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Riverside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Editor in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Riverside Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company does professional quality work

    Cons

    Little loyalty to its employees


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A truly pointless place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverside Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice building, intelligent contract force

    Cons

    Contract force will never be hired as full time, clueless management, demoralized workers, no sense of direction.

    Advice to Management

    I have attended meetings within meetings within meetings. Stop the endless bureaucracy and figure out where the company will be in 5 years (or even 2).
    There are some departments that spend entire days playing minesweeper and others that work full on for 12-13 hours on the same day. Some departments report to our office, others to Boston. Management insists "everything is fine" in some grim mass delusion replay of Jonestown. Profits are slipping and no one has any idea how to regain the footing.


  10. "Its a decent place to work. The pace of work is consistent and the people are good to work with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Developer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're looking for a 9-5 type of career with nice co-workers in an industry that is pretty steady then this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Lagging in terms of use of current technology. However, they are taking great strides towards improving this. The end result is lots of work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top of technology trends and incorporate those in product offerings otherwise you'll find customers going elsewhere for their information. Speed up the time to market for new products by embracing change and factoring change into the game plan.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Bureaucracy at a New Extreme"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good.
    If you like meetings, this is the place for you.
    It was still completely a LAMP environment when I was there. Aren't many of those in the IE.

    Cons

    This place has meetings to talk about having meetings. Management is scared to death of making decisions, lest they take the blame while at the same time terrified of someone else making them lest the credit go to someone else. Paralyzed by fear.

    Developers at this company are treated like children and seen only as replaceable cogs. Anyone with talent won't stay working for this company long. It's just too frustrating.

    Salaries are low for the LA area, but if you don't want a commute, there aren't a lot of other options.

    Product direction is a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bulk of your top heavy management team. You have too many mangers and too much process. Most of these people don't actually do anything but make the place a horrible place to work. You've got too many cooks that don't even know how to cook in your kitchen.



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