N2 Publishing FAQ

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21 English questions out of 21

4 August 2019

What is the retirement plan like at N2 Publishing?

Pros

Flexible schedule, good coworkers. Access to a subscription to Adobe software for use in personal time. 401k match

Cons

Lack of decent pay. A bottom-tier health insurance plan that will cost you upward sales of 3-6x what you’d typically pay, as well as having to change providers 90% of the time. The structure of the company doesn’t realistically allow for growth within the design department. The pay is definitely not sustainable for anyone outside of the “single/no kids” lifestyle. This, coupled with the lack of opportunities within the department, proves that this job is strictly an “entry level” position....regardless of the “we want you to retire with us mantra”

Advice to Management

Learn to appreciate the talent of graphic designers within your ranks. It’s sad to see so many people stifled in their careers in the name of keeping profits high (and keeping salaries, creativity, and opportunities low). Its a well known fact that the past year has been riddled with firings, work scandals, long time employees quitting “inexplicably,” and people being discouraged from speaking up when they experience an issue (one person even being told she “shouldn’t have gone to HR.”) The company’s leadership team is comprised of people who may have seniority in the business, but very clearly do not have experience in managing or leading others. The company’s half-hearted attempt at “clarity” turns into a patronizing attempt at cherry picking questions and concerns to address that seemingly (and conveniently) further their own N2-positive narrative. Stop using the culture deck as a scapegoat. A person vocalizing their concerns does not mean they are “draining” the energy from a room. A person who isn’t thrilled to have their job descriptions changed at a moments notice aren’t “resistant to change.” Start offering sick days in addition to paid time off. For a company that touts work/life balance and family care, it seems odd that people are forced to use their personal days (meant for experiencing “life”) when they or their children are sick and in need of care.

401k match

4 August 2019

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29 August 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at N2 Publishing?

Pros

Make your own schedule, great leadership

Cons

It’s sales— ya gotta work hard but it will pay off.

Advice to Management

You say that company culture is most important— act on that then and get rid of some people that suck

Make your own schedule, great leadership

29 August 2019

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27 November 2018

How are the career development opportunities at N2 Publishing?

Pros

My wife and I have been able to work together the last 4 years. After starting the franchise opportunity with N2 it was only 6 months before we were in a position to bring my wife home from her previous career in Human Resources. We've been franchise owners the last 4.5 years now and this opportunity has greatly exceeded our expectations in many ways. We love the community we work with in Camas, WA and built so many incredible friendships with people that receive the publication each month and we have met because of our work in the community. We are thankful to work with the most creative and kind business owners who are at the top of their professions in Southwest WA. My wife and I love the work life balance that goes along with the franchise opportunity.

Cons

In sales, it's never fun dealing with rejection. We can be our best employee or our worst employee with how we manage our time. Anyone in business has good days and bad days and like any business owner, it's up to you to pull yourself out of those tough days. We can reach out to our fellow franchise owners to help with that.

Advice to Management

Typically someone who takes longer than 6 months to go through ramp-up and take their publication to print isn't going to be a good long term fit because they don't have the drive to push themself. I think it would be helpful to have a clause in the franchise agreement that says something like, someone needs to achieve ramp-up in 6 months or less or they will not be allowed to be a franchise owner.

After starting the franchise opportunity with N2 it was only 6 months before we were in a position to bring my wife home from her previous career in Human Resources.

27 November 2018

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13 September 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at N2 Publishing?

Pros

Coming from a company with a toxic work culture, N2 was a breath of fresh air. I have been on several teams since my start with N2 and while the team dynamics have been diverse, one thing stays constant. There is unparalleled respect in the workplace. While team members are driven and seeking advancement opportunity, there is an overwhelming sense of camaraderie. Team members are always willing to drop what they are doing to help others succeed. This mindset is rewarded frequently with the “catching people doing things right” recognition. The employee benefits also mirror this sentiment. First Time Home Buyer program granting team members down payment assistance to help make the move from renting to investing in a home. Yearly Marriage Stipend to help strengthen personal relationships through counseling, conferences and retreats. Pediatric Care to help alleviate some of the financial burdens for young families. N2 Gives, the philanthropic division of N2 donating millions to organizations that help stop human trafficking. — All of this adds up to an organization that I’m proud to be a part of and enjoy showing up for each workday.

Cons

Growth is rarely consistent and with lulls in growth comes lulls in advancement. Especially when retention is high. When first joining the N2 team, growth was exponential. Over my tenure with the company, we've always been experiencing growth, but maybe not as rapidly as when I first joined. The silver lining is, growth mindset and promoting from within are two major slides from the culture deck. So, the N2 team will always be looking for how to grow and where they can fill positions from within.

While team members are driven and seeking advancement opportunity, there is an overwhelming sense of camaraderie.

13 September 2019

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15 October 2019

Does there seem to be diversity at N2 Publishing?

Pros

It's refreshing to be at a company that respects your nights and weekends. I love everyone's willingness to work together and help one another. And I love the emphasis on camaraderie.

Cons

The pay is really low and the health care plan is really poor. There is extremely little diversity.

Advice to Management

Consider just how hard it can be for some to make ends meet. Consider just how detrimental the health care plan can be if you have a lot of health needs. And consider whether you really invite diversity and inclusion.

There is extremely little diversity.

15 October 2019

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