BioMed Central Reviews

Updated 31 Jul 2019

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5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Talented people, nice work culture, strong ethics and integrity

    Cons

    Hard to progress if you don't have biomedical background and/or a PHD.

  2. "Easy but dull"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Editor 

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The job is fairly easy to do once you have been fully trained. The staff are nice and there is some room for progression. The working week is only 35 hours and there is no need to take work home so it's very easy to have a work/life balance. The social aspects of the job are good.

    Cons

    The job is very repetitive so it can become dull quite quickly. Outside of progressing into management it is very hard to progress. If you have a PhD you can move further up the editorial ladder, otherwise most people move to different positions within Springer Nature or leave the company. The turnover in the team is really high for a number of reasons including: salary expectations, ability to progress and wanting a change in role and responsibility. The job no longer offers flexible working hours.

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  3. "Excellent job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits packages Free coffee, Good staff, Good canteen, Excellent technology systems.

    Cons

    Very Busy, Deadline-orientated, Hard to make friends Under-resourced, Manager always watching.

  4. "Editorial Assistant"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in, but very poor pay. Quite easy to progress quickly though.

    Cons

    low pay for the role.

  5. "Great people, bad salary"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in London, England

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    free fruit and tea/coffee Great team and colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of appreciating for hard work from senior management Salary

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not great"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free coffee and free fruit daily. Some autonomy. Flexible work hours (though this is fast becoming a norm in London).

    Cons

    Is completely composed of cliques, at every level. The pay is very low, for the average wage compared to other companies and moreso for the amount of work expected of you. Full of pseudo intellectual line managers - progression depends on preference rather than merit. Lack of support for new starters - there is a lack of training if any given.

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  7. "Excellent company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMed Central full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere Supportive managers Training provided Nice location Free fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

    Cons

    Could pay a bit more, but it's fine for London.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "BMC"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great friendly environment, and good people.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression. The company doesn't value the amount of work people put in. Bad pay.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Generally good, but issues developing."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and within editorial there is definitely the opportunity to gain experience in STM publishing and to develop.

    Cons

    Since the merger of Springer and Nature there has been a growing feeling that the company is becoming ever more corporate, and certain decisions made by senior management seem to have been made on very tenuous grounds. Salaries are also not great.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMed Central full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    friendly team relaxed working environment free fruit, which I believe they are taking away soon

    Cons

    pay is abysmal. minimal variation in day to day work. I think they hire people on FTCs so they can replace them after 12 months with another graduate who will accept appalling pay. very little chance of career progression/pay rise.

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