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Tantor Media Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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  1. "Audio Editor"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tantor Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Learning to work with audio software, managing multiple projects at once, managing my own schedule

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great, benefits were minimal

    Advice to Management

    None, management was great.


  2. "A company that has come a long way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time

    Pros

    Tantor was bought by Recorded Books at the beginning of 2015 and has come a very long way from the reviews I see posted here back in 2010-2011. The friendly atmosphere and coworkers of this place are always what have made it special, but as the company grows, opportunities and benefits for employees are slowly but surely expanding as well. It seems like new positions are opening up in the company almost weekly in order to meet new production demands - so job security is great, as all hands on deck are essential. Managers are very supportive and interested in you as a person, not just the work you do for the company. Overall fun work with reasonable deadlines. Awesome amount of PTO. Seasonal/quarterly events and activities such as walking challenges, bake sales, or charity drives hosted by a wellness committee that liven things up month-to-month.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low. Insurance options are not great and the "best" one takes a sizable chunk out of your paycheck (if you are under 26 and still on a parent's insurance, stay on it while you can).

    Also, a majority of the employees and managers live very close by in the area and often seem to downplay the impact of snow for those who have a 30-45 minute commute. Sometimes it seems like a giant chasm could crack open the earth to release the dead from the underworld while fire rains down from the sky and the office would stay open and the next day at least one person would comment that the roads were fine when they came in that morning.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open and personable. Remember to continue to invest in your current employees.

  3. "Enjoyable work, great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, general company culture is relaxed and generally stress free.
    Workload is manageable and interesting
    Benefits and insurance slowly improving.
    Free snacks, seasonal company events, great amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Pay and raises are low, communication between management and various departments could be better. Quality of book acquisitions is fairly hit or miss, unedited self published authors should be avoided.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff, push for better wages. Continue to be friendly and approachable. Work towards better communication between departments.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Tantor was once great to work for before the takeover"

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    Current Employee - Audiobook Proofreader in Old Saybrook, CT
    Current Employee - Audiobook Proofreader in Old Saybrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers; great snacks; good coffee; great selection of books to listen to; somewhat flexible schedule; and did I say great coworkers?

    Cons

    Crappy insurance if you have dependents
    Crappy 3% raises in January that are eaten up by the crappy insurance
    Crappy managers
    No way of moving up in the company

    Advice to Management

    Put one person in charge and don't rely on the round table method.


  5. "A company of last resort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tantor Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Free coffee and snacks. Fun job. Employees are very generous to local charities.

    Cons

    Awful pay and benefits. Alright if you can't find work elsewhere but keep your eyes peeled for something better.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people a decent wage. Seriously.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "depressing, dispirited, disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time

    Pros

    when they remember, the free snacks help.
    free books.
    sometimes company decides to provide free meals.

    Cons

    if you actually care about publishing and are educated, knowledgable, and take pride in the quality of the work you represent, DO NOT look for that kind of validation at this company. extremely disorganized across most aspects of business, from ensuring clients are paid the correct amount, on time and every time, to getting back to clients in a timely manner.

    company is so uptight about costs that they have eliminated the HR department, tolerate a constantly broken heating system (be prepared to wear a 4-5 layers of clothing year round), and do not have regular cleaning services. lack of routine cleaning services means that trash stays in their bins for weeks, people leave their dishes in the sink despite the dish washer, and the bathrooms are always a gross mess. no wonder why some kind of cold/flu is always getting passed around!

    very little cultural awareness of diverse authors. company is so focused on making money that the actual quality of books is shoved to the wayside. parent company explicitly thinks of you as "bottom feeders." they will tell you that the company is making xyz profits, but none of it seems to be going to upkeep and maintenance of the building or to RAISES or better computer equipment or even decent tables and chairs for "break" rooms. non-existent to little budget for cover art, which causes more headaches and problems than necessary.

    the salary and wages are a joke. bosses will tell you outright that there's "not a lot of opportunity for growth." whatever they try to sell you is all talk. you barely make enough to cover all your bills, etc. raises are so low they may as well be non-existent. promotions are hollow---usually determined by favoritism and only amount to an elevated title, not an elevated bank account.

    company overall has no interest in implementing new ideas that will heighten team morale (unless they can get it for free). the defeatist attitude of upper management hangs over the entire company like a black cloud. the actual working conditions, from the drab, lifeless decor to the dim lighting, make it feel like a gloomy hospital ward at the best, and a mental hospital wing at the worst.

    an overall depressing place to work that would rather let good people leave and find a replacement who they can pay even cheaper, than keep them.

    Advice to Management

    start paying people what they deserve and maybe your turn over rate won't be so rapid. start investing in quality titles and pursuing legitimate authors so that people won't be embarrassed to represent tantor. invest in a bigger marketing and publicity team, if you're so worried about sales. give your employees the proper and up to date tools! step up to the plate and actually manage and lead people! reward those who have helped tantor's bottom line.

    STOP TREATING PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE DISPOSABLE.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Politics"

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

    I worked at Tantor Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthy Snacks, Compassionate CEOs, Casual Dress Code, Free Books

    Cons

    The petty high school politics in this company will be their downfalls. They keep deadwood upper management / executives because there's a "bond" there. They pay far too little for their talent, over work them, and then given them poor reviews so they don't have to provide raises. A lateral move requires you to be buddy-buddy with the manager or exec in BOTH departments and doesn't go to those best qualified, instead goes to those who are friendly with higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs restructuring. The execs and management who have high turnover rates need to be let go; your spend more money finding replacements for those you lost by mistreating your employee than it would cost you to pay what they're worth and invest in better benefits packages. Lose the politics and favoritism, and reward employees who work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "I've worked for Tantor for a few years."

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    Current Employee - Audioproofer in Old Saybrook, CT
    Current Employee - Audioproofer in Old Saybrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tantor Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment. Staff is like family and very supportive. Healthy snacks are offered every week. Constantly changing and interesting workload.

    Cons

    While the environment is positive, the ever-changing policies (paid holidays, etc. ) are due to middle (micro) management. The insurance is good if it's only covering one person. If you add a child or spouse the out of pocket expense quadruples, which is devastating when the pay is just above poverty level. With the company sale to Recorded Books in Maryland, we've lost many good managers. No handicap bathroom.

    Advice to Management

    While the atmosphere is pleasant, quit paying pauper's wages and start paying workers what their worth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great potential and owners, but middle and lower management needs to be replaced."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Saybrook, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Saybrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tantor Media full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress, free healthy snacks, free audiobooks, cool books to read usually, flexible work schedule, independence, very friendly coworkers and owners.

    Cons

    Constantly changing policies, lack of communication between management and workers. You can go 2 or 3 weeks without speaking to your department manager except over instant messaging.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas. The audio department was incredibly understaffed and overworked. Owners are awesome but middle and lower management are completely vision-less and prevent you from getting your ideas up the chain of command.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "worst place I ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Sometimes managers hold a get-together but no one likes them. They do give free books to staff.

    Cons

    Very poor pay, only 3 sick days per year, small contribution to healthcare that has never been increased. Even if you get a good review you don't get much of a raise. Management tolerates deadwood staff just because they happen to be involved with a manager. Management doesn't have a clue that the employees are all plotting against them.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying people decently and give them better benefits. Try listening to what people are not saying, The staff all knows you make buckets of money while treating most people like slaves.