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  • As the business started to struggle there was no transparency from upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • No raises, bonuses, or even cost of living increases in many years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Taunton Press full-time

    Pros

    Good products. Good work-life balance. Generally positive and progressive culture.

    Cons

    Classic "not what you know, but who you know" environment. Political connections supersede achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Run the business as a meritocracy, not an aristocracy that rewards patronage at the expense of innovation.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Under appreciated"

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

    I have been working at Taunton Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location, Free coffee, Free Parking

    Cons

    "Worker bees" and mid-level employees are under appreciated, while upper management thrives. Long term service is rewarded with a nominal gift at Christmas time every 5 years....but that doesn't pay my mortgage. No raises, bonuses, or even cost of living increases in many years. Numerous and frequent layoffs, followed closely by new hires and promotions. Healthcare benefits are basically non-existent, and the cost keeps going up while benefits go down. Very low morale company-wide.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop peppering us with emails every few weeks about new-hires in upper management, and promotions among the ranks. It's very demoralizing for those of us who have been here for a very long time, stuck by the company through thick and thin, and have not received so much as a cost of living increase in many, many years. You're losing a lot of talented people who know the community, culture, and customers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taunton Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked at Taunton Press for over 10 years and the best part of working there was my co-workers. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, you can't say the same about the people running the company. Taunton Press used to be a family run business that stood by their core values. None of that exists anymore and there is very little left of what made the company what it originally was.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, there isn't any.........nothing can fix what has been done.

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    Thank you for your comments and your years of loyalty. We heartily agree that the people at Taunton are among the best anywhere -- their passion, professionalism, and dedication are unmatched. While... More


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Turmoil"

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

    Pros

    Best magazines in their content areas. Editorial staff passionate about the subjects. Company committed to quality content.

    Cons

    Magazine and book industries are going to continue to contract. Taunton is having more luck than some bucking the trend, but has had major, heart-breaking layoffs in past 2 years. Also, no planning or vision or passion for expanding online businesses -- mobile, social, video.

    Advice to Management

    Create a position for a leader with a vision for the digital publishing business. Or sell to a firm that has had success in digital publishing.

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    At the time of your writing, you noted that Taunton is “bucking the trend” as we face the changes to the magazine and book industries, and that’s good news to us. We agree about the quality of... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Unprofessional in so many ways."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Taunton Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are very few Pros with this company. The family seems to feel they have hired an ace team to run and hopefully save this company. Free parking is a plus.

    Cons

    As said above, the ace team has made it very clear that they are the upper echelon and the bottom feeders better jump or get laid off. It's apparent that if a person is there more than 10 years, you are considered baggage and will be gone once they have picked your brain and drained you dry.
    There have been no raises or bonuses for years. Except if you are in the higher echelon bunch. It's appalling that the family is onboard with this practice.

    Advice to Management

    Try being human.

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    Thank you for taking the time to express your feelings. As an employee with more than 8 years at Taunton, you have seen first-hand the changes to our industry. As we’ve leaned on the expertise of our... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment in Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Fulfillment in Middlebury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taunton Press (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    very flexible with the hours you can work, if you need to leave for a family event, they are very understanding. friendly and fun co-workers.

    Cons

    no raises in several years, employees have worked for the company for twenty years and should be rewarded for their long service and sacrifices they have made. Medical benefits cost is high, this needs to be looked at especially if you are a single parent

    Advice to Management

    please make more career opportunities for your current employees, they love to work there and have stuck with the company through good and bad times. give them the opportunities they deserve for all the sacrifices they have made.

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    First we would like to apologize for our delayed response. We appreciate your feedback and want you to know that we agree that our employees are some of the most loyal around. As we continue... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Shaky"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Newtown, CT
    Current Employee - Director in Newtown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Taunton Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great people. Good products. Good hours. I would love to see it survive the downturn and change in business model.

    Cons

    New CEO is supposed to be a turnaround guy but is a bit of a blowhard. His new management team thinks anyone who has been at the company for any length of time is useless. Sometimes there are some folks who aren't the best, but overall a lot of great people have targets on them simply for being around "too long". Not sure what the turnaround will be but there certainly won't be many of us left.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking we're idiots just because we have worked here for more than 18 months.
    Advice to Glassdoor - Tim is no longer the CEO.

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    Thank you for your comments, and please accept our apologies for the delayed response. We appreciate your four-star rating, and certainly agree with you that our people are great. We have had to make... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "graphic designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Newtown, CT
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Newtown, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Taunton Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a good family business that times have caught up to an large changes have been made to limit personnel.

    Cons

    Publishing industry is a sinking ship

    Advice to Management

    ?

    Taunton Press Response

    Jun 8, 2017 – Taunton Press

    Thanks for taking the time to post your comments, and sorry for our delayed response. First we want to thank you for your loyalty to Taunton in the years you worked here. The publishing industry is... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good people and work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor
    Current Employee - Senior Editor

    I have been working at Taunton Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at Taunton are smart and passionate, and the magazines are high quality. Coming from the New York media scene, I also love that Taunton lets you have a life outside of work—no 12-hour days or expectation that you'll be at events every night. As long as you get your work done, you'll have nights and weekends to yourself.

    Cons

    The salaries, while fair for the area, aren't very high. Having a small staff also means that deadlines are tight.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Constantly changing direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Taunton Press full-time

    Pros

    Nice building, excellent cafe, hours are typically 9-5

    Cons

    The directors are constantly making changes...adding or removing departments and/or department heads.


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