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Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible and creative environment. Lots of autonomy for certain positions.

    Cons

    Company frequently behind on loans, laid off many $$$ producing sales reps

    Advice to Management

    Needs to have more loyalty to long term employees and not be ruled by its bankers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent starting point at a mediocre company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Immediate supervisors are great (that depends what dept you are in)
    Laid back working environment
    Free parking
    Opportunity to learn the publishing business hands on
    Ideal for recent college students with little to no professional experience
    Great for experience.

    Cons

    They will literally publish anything under the sun.
    Low pay in regards to high cost of living (yes, it's publishing but with average rent in the DMV being $950 with a roommate, this is barely feasible. Lots of people have second jobs or part-time side gigs)
    HR dept is a joke
    High turnover rate
    Few opportunities to climb the ladder. I don't think there is a ladder actually unless you want to spend 5-8 years at a company and have your title changed to whatever HR finds suitable that probably won't even match what you actually do.
    On top of the salary being low, your benefits are laughable.
    This was not the case for me, but some of my coworkers had ridiculous workloads and deadlines for the same pay. The work of 3 becomes the work of 1 especially when high turnover rate season begins.
    You are replaceable in the eyes of management so don't think your special. There's a fresh crop of recent grads each year that HR adores to hire. The best thing you can do for yourself and your career is to again, gain your job experience, and apply to decent paying jobs in the area (there are plenty and lots of people who started off at R&L actually end up in great jobs, don't worry, it gets better!)

    Advice to Management

    Review your benefits package. At least improve morale by allowing your employees to have something to be happy about. You 'might' not have money to pay decent LIVING wages so throw in a couple of days of vacation or remote work. Maybe try to hire individuals who don't all look the same? Oh and also, it would be great if in the upper echelons of management actually knew the industry and had great social skills.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Ruthless"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere, brilliant talent. Room for growth

    Cons

    Management does not value long term employees, has fired top producing sales reps to trim payroll. Always seems to be on the brink of financial ruin. Very unstable atmosphere!

    Advice to Management

    Put more faith and value into the people you have. Look inward for perceived failures.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Bel Air, MD
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Bel Air, MD

    I worked at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company with editors who are really invested in the company and in the books they're publishing.

    Cons

    As an intern, I did not feel that I received the proper amount. The internships are unpaid, so interns should receive experience and training instead of salary.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, great job but poor compensation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Awesome people
    -Competent and Smart Supervisors
    -Relaxed atmosphere
    -Flexible Schedules

    Cons

    -High Turnovers
    -Low Pay in comparison to the high cost of living in the area
    -Yearly company reviews when employees are informed of the millions of dollars the company is making while salaries are almost the same as what someone who doesn't have a bachelors degree would make.

    Advice to Management

    It's a sad thing when you like coming to work everyday and seeing people you like when the managers care about their employees and there is a sense of comaderie but you don't have enough money for basic necessities.

    High turnover exists for a reason. It's a great place to work and gain experience but once you start noticing that the pay doesn't align with general career and life goals then it's time to start looking for something else.

    It's a shame to have constant training for the new crop of people that sprout every couple of months, it seems like the company is happy with paying their hard working employees next to nothing. It says a lot about the value of a person if no one is willing to pay you to stay.

    Until salaries are at least decent, high turnovers will exist. This company will remain a place of simply a location to gain experience and then move on to bigger things. One of the biggest reasons people leave is because of the salary. Keeping hard-working, competent and intelligent people should be the priority over trying to make a bigger profit. If money is so important to the executives then think of this, wouldn't you rather have a team of great people who do their job efficiently everyday and have contacts and just pay them some more or would you rather have recent college grads who take time to train, don't know what they are doing until three to six months into their job only to realize once they are efficient that: hey! I have skills and references, it's time to leave.

    Real companies care about the well-being of their employees. If salaries are such a burden to increase then think about other ways to improve the lack of salaries with perhaps the increase of benefits. Until you show you care and people start thinking about their jobs at R&L as a career path instead of stepping stones, you won't be as big as you really want to be.

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

    Dec 15, 2014 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you so much for your feedback! You make several interesting points, and I'd love to speak with you regarding them. I truly value the insight and suggestions of my colleagues, so please do ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Intellectually stimulating, congenial office culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and usually different--not much repetition. Each project presents new challenges. Somewhat flexible work schedules are available. Very congenial and collaborative culture. Promotions are handled fairly and logically. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Company seems to be perpetually in a transitional state--seems to lack a consistent vision or plan for the future, which makes discerning management's overall goals difficult at times. Even though there are a great variety of challenges, there is a culture of trying to solve everything with only a handful of limited solutions. It's extremely hard to tell what the company values, beyond profit. Pay is not great, but then again no one goes into publishing to get rich.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to be more pragmatic and creative problem-solvers. Communicate goals clearly and consistently. Articulate more comprehensive vision for future (i.e., qualitatively in addition to quantitatively). What are the company's values?

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

    Apr 9, 2014 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review; I truly enjoyed reading it! I'm happy to hear that you are finding your work challenging, as well as finding your colleagues congenial and collaborative. You mention ... More


  8. "Great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor, Production in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor, Production in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work environment

    Cons

    Not the best paying salary out there.

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Response

    Apr 9, 2014 – Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your review. I'm always happy to hear that my colleagues are enjoying a flexible schedule and work environment, as I believe both are important to the long-term success of both ... More


  9. "Good for a first job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    High rate of turnover in most departments

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth


  10. "Hit ceiling for growth quickly"

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

    Pros

    great coworkers, work is not too strenuous

    Cons

    not a lot of room for growth; could be doing the same job for 10 years (title may change but function does not)


  11. "Review of R&L"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing full-time

    Pros

    There is a strong focus on promoting from within the company, and the company culture is relaxed and relatively easy-going.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of communication between departments, which can lead to confusion. Base pay for entry-level staff is low compared to the cost of living near the company headquarters in the DC metro area.


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