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Palgrave Macmillan Reviews

Updated 17 Jul 2019

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Palgrave Macmillan CEO Daniel Ropers
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Editor"

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

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    Good working climate and friendly collegues

    Cons

    Very low salaries when considering job is in central London

    Palgrave Macmillan2019-07-17
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great team low morale"

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    Former Employee - Publisher in London, England
    Recommends
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    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team, very global, working with amazing academics

    Cons

    Emphasis on unsustainable volume of publishing, less quality control

    Advice to Management

    Remember that HSS is very different to science

    Palgrave Macmillan2019-06-18
  3. "Changeable"

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

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, fun work environment

    Cons

    Going through flux, lots of takeovers and change of leadership

    Advice to Management

    simplify things

    Palgrave Macmillan2019-03-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Editorial Assitant/Assistant Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to 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.

    Palgrave Macmillan2018-04-09
  5. "Boring, pretty basic job"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice location and offices, good health benefits

    Cons

    Not a great salary, not enough diversity

    Palgrave Macmillan2018-03-20
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A lovely imprint destroyed by corporate greed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -some colleagues are good -pay is decent

    Cons

    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.

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    Advice to 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.

    Palgrave Macmillan2018-02-12
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Don't be another hamster in the wheel"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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    Advice to 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.

    Palgrave Macmillan2018-02-07
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Palgrave Macmillan full-time for less than a year

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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    Advice to 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.

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    Palgrave Macmillan2018-01-22
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Easy to get hired, but you'll regret it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    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).

    Cons

    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.

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    Advice to Management

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

    Palgrave Macmillan2017-11-30
  10. "associate editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Palgrave Macmillan full-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, interesting job most of the time

    Cons

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

    Palgrave Macmillan2017-09-19
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