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Blaise R. Simqu
84 Ratings
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  • "There’s a massive disconnect between upper management and middle management, general speaking communication is an issue due to cliques(in 13 reviews)

  • "Sometimes the work load makes work-life balance a challenge(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work environment

    Cons

    So far, no cons of working here

    SAGE Publishing2019-03-20
  2. Helpful (10)

    "You can do better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Benefits package, anniversary trips, some great people, office locations, free food

    Cons

    Maybe all you want is a job and your (small) paycheck. Then SAGE is for you. If you're not looking to advance and you see endless overwork as job security, then SAGE is for you. If you think passive-aggressiveness and toxic office politics are professional and you don't expect your manager to support you because they have their own problems like perpetual meetings and looking good to other departments, then SAGE is for...

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    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate where to invest in staff and reinvest in more lower-level positions by significantly reducing middle and upper management positions. Get rid of dead weight staff and invest in the doers by making them feel valued and not disposable. Facilitate professional and direct communication between staff instead of he said, she said interactions through management. If you ask for staff input, actually listen and follow...

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    SAGE Publishing2019-03-26

    SAGE Publishing Response

    April 18, 2019Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your detailed feedback. We're sorry you didn't have a good experience with us. We are listening and take your feedback to heart. Please know we are committed to learning from what you shared.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Workflow Hell - Not for Creative Types - Bureaucratic & Mismanaged"

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      Former Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Free lunch on Fridays Air Conditioning

      Cons

      Terrible workflow process Low Salaries Extremely Political Overworked Undervalued

      Advice to Management

      If you want to INCREASE productivity, you have to INCREASE staff and pay.

      SAGE Publishing2019-04-19

      SAGE Publishing Response

      April 24, 2019Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

      We welcome your feedback and are so sorry to hear that you had this experience. I would like to learn more to be able to assist in making improvements and would welcome a conversation to gain greater detail. If you're comfortable doing so, please connect with me at kim.robinson@sagepub.com.

    • Helpful (11)

      "Corporate Company Culture with growing pains"

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      Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      -free lunch Fridays (though usually Pizza or Panda Express) -good health insurance and other benefits with therapy and legal advice for free -intelligent coworkers -interesting work

      Cons

      -very little room for advancement, they don’t promote based on merit -very inexperience management -low starting salary, not a living wage for the area it is in -high pressure environment - company used to be less corporate and the employees who have been there longer are having a hard time adjusting -frequent lay-offs -high turn around with entry level positions

      Advice to Management

      Hire experienced managers, promote based on job performance. Raise salaries, if you can’t pay your employees a living wage you don’t have a viable business.

      SAGE Publishing2019-03-20

      SAGE Publishing Response

      April 18, 2019Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

      Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you enjoyed the great benefits that SAGE offers. It’s true, we are in a dynamic and changing industry, and we may not always get it right. We’ll keep trying and appreciate your insights as we continue to examine what to do better.

    • Helpful (12)

      "Extremely low pay"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Some of the people are nice to work with, it depends on your department and your manager. The company is working toward a more open-floorplan workspace which should change things up a bit. Lenient with break/lunch times, if you're salaried you get to work from home one day a week but if you're hourly they don't trust you enough to let you do that, free lunch on Fridays which is nice of them but it sucks and absolutely...

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      Cons

      Zero training/orientation, the only thing they cover in the quick and vague "new hire orientation" is the benefits, not even how to submit your time card. Pay is, as many other people here have stated, awful. Absolutely no room for negotiation, standard 3% merit increase each year to account for inflation rates... if you earn it. People are not paid fairly across the board. Inconsistent in every single sense of the word....

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      Advice to Management

      Be consistent. If you say one thing, stick to it, mean it, and apply it across the board. Stop spending money on frivolous trips for upper management and pay your employees what they're worth. Pay them a living wage for the area. You're spending so much time and money focused on giving employees this new workspace to make them happy and increase productivity... here's a secret: if you pay the employees a fair wage then...

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      SAGE Publishing2019-01-17
    • Helpful (3)

      "Good company, with minor flaws"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      The people and the benefits are great. It's a good company that takes care of it's people.

      Cons

      There is a lack of communication between departments and there are not many ways to advance.

      SAGE Publishing2018-12-11
    • Helpful (4)

      "Only ok, not outstanding"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Decent benefits. Free fruit three times a week. They aren't shy about spending money on their employees, which is nice. They're willing to try new things and make mistakes. They have a great holiday party and nice offices in the Watergate complex.

      Cons

      My biggest complaint is a lack of work/life balance. As the company grows, they aren't streamlining processes. It just keeps getting more bloated with middle management and tasks. I'm not sure if their digital strategy in the College market is going to be a winning one, but they're trying to remain relevant as course material moves to digital resources.

      SAGE Publishing2018-12-19
    • Helpful (13)

      "Some of the most stand-offish coworkers I've ever encountered, inconsistent company policies"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time

      Pros

      -comprehensive benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401(k), though it seems quite standard for the region

      Cons

      -work from home policies applied arbitrarily across departments; some departments are allowed, others are not (and even within a department, some are permitted, and others are not), with very weak justification given -social attitude is clinical, extremely stand-offish and unfriendly. No attempt at camaraderie or integration of new employees into the team is made -bureaucracy and power struggles are evident in inter-departmental...

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      Advice to Management

      If you are isolating your employees socially to begin with, putting them in a clinical environment where they are socially outcast and disregarded by others, why not allow them to work from home? This seems like a good solution to improve morale and to keep people around.

      SAGE Publishing2018-10-24
    • Helpful (11)

      "College publishing"

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      Former Employee - Editorial in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Benefits are extremely good. Privately held company (blessing and a curse). Multiple office locations, allow for some remote positions. If you can fit in with the cool kids then you probably will retire there. Several great and talented people from other HED companies that bring a reality of the market to an otherwise inwardly thinking management team. Aspirational company mission which falls short because managers...

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      Cons

      Because company is privately owned, living in their own insulated world apart from the real competitive market they don’t understand their place in the HED space. They are growing very quickly with a management team that really has no idea of what they are doing. Currently their world is great because the are seeing very nice growth. This will only last for so long. Because of the inexperience of the management team they...

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      Advice to Management

      Don’t rest on the fact that that you are privately owned and will never be acquired by another company because of the unique ownership situation. Learn how to manage and compete in the real world. Figure out who/what this company is and then serve those market segments better than anyone else leveraging the company’s unique strengths. Compensate and treat and lower to mid level employees with respect. They are the worker...

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      SAGE Publishing2018-11-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Warm Company Culture and Great Benefits"

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      Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Newbury Park, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at SAGE Publishing for more than a year

      Pros

      The benefits can't be beat and the people are welcoming and friendly.

      Cons

      Occasionally inefficient in practices, low entry-level pay

      SAGE Publishing2018-08-30
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