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  1. „Editorial Assitant/Assistant Editor”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to move to other publishing companies/roles.

    Kontras

    Poor management, tedious administrative work, creatively un-stimulating and lots of red tape to get anything approved.

    Rat an das Management

    Stop outsourcing departments to save money - quality has gone massively downhill as has the morale of staff. Invest more in staff on the ground and make wages transparent and equal across the same role.


  2. „Boring, pretty basic job”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Assistant in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Assistant in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Neutrale Prognose

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet (Über 3 Jahre)

    Pros

    Nice location and offices, good health benefits

    Kontras

    Not a great salary, not enough diversity

  3. „A lovely imprint destroyed by corporate greed”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan (Über 5 Jahre)

    Pros

    -some colleagues are good
    -pay is decent

    Kontras

    I started working here pre-Springer, and I loved my job. Now we are under Springer and it is terrible to come to work every day. Springer doesn’t care about authors, the books, quality, or anything except quantity and money. They cut cost wherever they can at the expense of the books. It’s been truly sad to watch Palgrave Macmillan be destroyed by another imprint. Don’t work here unless you’re looking for just a pay check where you can work your 9-5 and go. This company punishes people who care because you will always be disappointed.

    Rat an das Management

    Maybe care a little more about your reputation and your products than about factory producing thousands of books. Our authors hate us, and management doesn’t have to deal with authors so they don’t care.


  4. Hilfreich (2)

    „Don't be another hamster in the wheel”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet

    Pros

    Amazingly talented and creative people. You'll have the opportunity to travel even at an entry level Editorial Assistant position. If you're desperate for an job after college and are fully prepared to settle... Palgrave is the place for you. They hire regardless of what you majored in. It's a mildly reputable company, especially if you're just starting.

    Kontras

    If you would like to be tremendously underpaid and overworked, you've come to the right place. Most entry level assistants are working on 80-110 books a year and the starting salary is laughable. The quality of the books is poor and barely rigorous. I can recall multiple times where I read some of the material I was asked to submit to production and I thought to myself "How on earth are we publishing this? The workload is intense and stressful. You are evaluated on how fast you can enter data and fill out forms. The workflow is ridiculously linear and automated it is almost impossible to avoid errors. When you do make simple human errors, do not expect an annual increase as they will use the most insignificant errors to justify not giving you an increase even if you meet and exceed all expectations.

    The office culture is terrible. The office is eerily quiet with little to no social activity. Everyone keeps to themselves to the point where all you hear for eight hours a day is the sound of people typing. If you drop a pen, that would be considered loud.

    All of higher management is located in the U.K. so do not expect any feedback to be relayed over efficiently.

    Rat an das Management

    Please prioritize the mental health of your employees. There is no reason for teams and individuals to be taking the burden for vacancies that cannot be filled due to the convoluted practices of the company. Realize that Palgrave Macmillan is not Springer and the rapid decline of the imprint is directly correlated to the automated workflow that has been enforced as a result of the merger.


  5. „Corporate Chaos”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    Some lovely intelligent and engaged people work here! Palgrave as have a strong brand and friendly work culture. The (editorial) work is always varied, and gives good opportunities to learn and grow - if you're a naturally autonomous worker who can cope well under pressure.

    Kontras

    The merger with Springer has destroyed the Palgrave company culture, as you feel like nothing more than a cog in a machine. Senior management shows little to no notice of the on the ground work/grafting done by junior and mid-level staff. You're bogged down by operational and administrative work, which hampers any creative growth. I've felt bullied by a line manager, who has used punitive performance plans in an attempt to 'whip staff into shape'. You feel pressured to lie to external figures like authors and editors to cover up mass chaos and disorganisation within the company. There is no Union activity at SpringerNature. Low morale. OVERWORKED and UNDERPAID. Lots of talented and nice people put to waste. You're told to stick to the party line. High turnover of staff. Lack of transparency about pay, and you're kept in the dark about high level strategy -
     even things like basic publishing strategy. Reputation of the Palgrave is being damaged. Staff made redundant overnight to cut costs. Company pushes for quantity over quality. Your voice isn't heard. Company only cares about overheads. Instability!

    Lack of diversity or commitment to equal pay or equality in general - female staff make up majority of the workforce, but most senior roles are occupied by middle aged white men with outrageous pay checks.

    Physical and mental burn out is a common occurrence, with many across the company - there is a flimsy attempt to offer internal counselling services, which many prefer not to take.

    You feel unimportant and easily replaceable.

    Rat an das Management

    Management also suffers under poor company wide organisation. Line managers need to speak up on behalf of their reports, stay in communication, and focus on teamwork. Management needs to be authentic, and not mask the truth of matters with prescribed lines from higher-ups. Management need to push for fairer pay for their reports. Management needs to support the staff under them with care and consideration, not unprofessional aggression or attitude. Management needs to understand why moral is so low and take action! Management needs to help workers understand their rights.


  6. „Easy to get hired, but you'll regret it.”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet

    Pros

    EAs don't have to work insane hours or on the weekends; if you like the anonymity of working for a big company it's nice. Your paycheck comes on time every two weeks; company is flexible about time off/sick time. Opportunities for international travel (mainly for editors).

    Kontras

    The merger between Springer and Palgrave completely ruined the Palgrave working environment. Any kind of enjoyment anyone might have had in the work is long gone because of unrealistically high numbers for limited staff, innumerable torturous and exacting automated "workflows", and generally a "quality over quantity" approach. There are so many intelligent, interesting people who work here who are reduced to how quickly they can push buttons and fill out forms. "The automated production and payment systems are inflexible and prone to error as the company continually aims for the bottom line, resulting in embarrassing errors and limitations in books and delays in paying authors (which is inexcusable for a company of this size). Overall, the work here is stressful depressing and tedious, and you will burn out quickly.

    Rat an das Management

    Value the books you publish, the people who write them, and the people who work for you.


  7. „associate editor”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, interesting job most of the time

    Kontras

    Amount of work, salary wasn't great, co-workers don't have time to talk to you because of the amount of work

  8. Hilfreich (5)

    „Avoid!”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in King's Cross, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in King's Cross, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    The high volume work load ensures that Editorial Assistants get a varied amount of tasks and acquire useful admin, marketing, email and time management skills. I enjoyed working with authors on the lists I managed, even those who were particularly challenging. It was rewarding to work with them and produce a product they were happy with and that fits into the publishing programme.

    Kontras

    I do not think the negative atmosphere in my team is enjoyable or condusive to output. I was bullied and lied to by my manager. I did not receive positive feedback from any senior editor in the team but was ignored unless I did not do a task immediately when they asked. When Editorial Assistants offer valuable suggestions in team meetings, the credit goes to their managers, who use it to further their own career. There is no motivation or reward for being innovative and proactive.

    Rat an das Management

    Train managers and give them important lessons in enabling happy staff members. Every EA in Palgrave works very hard and is dedicated to producing world-class books. However, the atmosphere of extreme hierarchy and the huge pressure on EAs to do tasks at the drop of a hat for a manager, and to receive no positive feedback at all, is depressing. It would make a huge difference if managers would praise their staff for the high volume of work they regularly achieve, which in effect enables managers to reach their target. Instead, senior staff don't even acknowledge the work done. Salary should be revised because the pay level for EAs is below London living wage and is quite frankly appalling, considering we were all told that Palgrave made an astounding profit last year.


  9. Hilfreich (4)

    „Awful place to work!”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Negative Prognose

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan gearbeitet (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    I worked with a few great people. Lots of colleagues very passionate about publishing.

    Kontras

    Awful management (the worst I've ever experienced: bullying, dishonest and unprincipled), no tangible benefits, unrealistic expectations, low morale, high staff turnover, ill informed business practices, overall terrible decision making by management.


  10. Hilfreich (2)

    „Could be a great place to work, but management politics causes unnecessary stress and uncertainty!”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Editorial Assistant in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Positive Prognose

    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei Palgrave Macmillan (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    The work is genuinely interesting, and we produce some beautiful books. Everyone who deals directly with the hands-on and creative elements of the publishing industry (so everyone from sales and marketing to production and editorial and design) is really passionate about good content and happy customers and authors. The atmosphere in individual departments is positive, and things like regular pub trips and extracurriculars like the choir mean that people make friends within the company quickly and easily. The offices are in an ideal location, really easy to get to for anyone living in London or the surrounding area.

    Kontras

    Morale is lower than it should be. One key reason for this is that there is no real sense among the average employee that senior management care enough about us or our books to support us properly. In the months I've been here, staff turnover has been very high for various reasons, including moving on elsewhere, some redundancies, and several junior employees just becoming burnt out and sick of the stress. Compounding the problem is the fact that people who leave are not always replaced (and when they are this is never done in a timely manner), meaning that the colleagues left behind end up taking on loads of extra work for no extra pay or recognition. The company says the framework for salary and promotion is going to be made more transparent in future, but at the moment it is murky and deceptive, with no ongoing review of performance and seemingly random spates of mass job-title-changes every few months. If they could spend less time messing about with the company structure/brand/website/systems, and more time making sure their current employees are healthy and happy, that would make such a difference.

    Rat an das Management

    Support the development of junior employees by encouraging them to take ownership of meaningful projects, not just stretching them as thinly as possible and overloading them with frustrating admin jobs.