SAGE Publishing Reviews

Updated 9 Jul 2020

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SAGE Publishing President & CEO         Blaise R. Simqu (no image)
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Editor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible and remote working, good location

    Cons

    None, None, None, None, None

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Publishing Assistant in London, England

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Good people, OK job responsibilities

    Cons

    Low pay, no opportunity of progression


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Really take care of their employees"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Great support for remote and flexible working, good maternity plan

    Cons

    Some line management issues, promotion delays

  4. Helpful (9)

    "Poor Line Management"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and maternity package some nice people

    Cons

    Poor Line Management clear favourite s within departments, if you fit the look you will go far otherwise you are expected to sit down and shut up. Line managers need serious training to much micro management and complaining no solutions.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Overall a good company to work for, but there are quite serious organisational issues"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Annual bonus, modern office, agile working style, fairly good holiday allowance, GP onsite, lots of bright and enthusiastic people work here - they are the main asset. Changes to make it more diverse and inclusive company makes it look/feel better

    Cons

    Salary is not impressive, which is mostly why people decide to leave (but not only!) Interdepartmental hostility – basically, some people think they are driving most revenue to the business, therefore behaving somewhat superior and not respecting others. This probably drives in the cliquey feeling in some places, also within SMG (this group seems to be fairly untouchable). Lack of managerial insights - often feeling that other, more senior colleagues allow themselves to take all the credit for your work, and what I find even more disappointing, is that managers seem to allow this, or ignore it. Fighting for your rights and recognition often leads to being labelled as rude, demanding and ‘not following company values’. Agile working is great, but some people do take advantage of it, and literally do a little work and then, by making a lot of noise, they do get praised (often for work of others) and even promoted! Weak HR department. There are some great people in this team, but, as they say, the example comes from the top, and I find some of the HR leaders quite intimidating, even arrogant. I don’t get the feel that they are here to help you. They are too busy with other confidential stuff, so your request often ends up at the bottom of their ‘to do’ list and you have to chase it.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "The most flexible workplace"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice environment Great people Flexible working hours Approachable managers

    Cons

    Salary is not amazing The building management is slow to fix problems Some teams are too small to deal with things on time No clear career progress

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Old Street, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location, close to central London. Well paid.

    Cons

    Huge IT department but very compartmentalized. Not easy to cross train to other areas of IT.

  8. "Great and nice company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant 

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, lovely and kind environment, supportive managers

    Cons

    Needs more work progression opportunities

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, great work-life balance, path to success depends on your luck"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Service Department in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - the people who work at SAGE are what makes it a good place to work. I was sold that at interview stage, and it really is true. The people at sage are bright, generally quite compassionate and friendly, and the majority are very talented at what they do. Sage has been great at maintaining a family-like feel although a lot of changes recently (lean business training, agile working, etc) in the business has threatened this quality somewhat. - Retention overall is relatively good. - The benefits package is pretty good for a publisher although salary is low. - New office is amazing and a real privilege for anyone who is into agile working/ more open minded than someone who prefers a fixed desk. - Service departments will go out of their way for employees, so if you're on the other side of that you probably will be spoiled. - Very good work- life balance - People are generally grateful for the work you do, directors included - Great charitable incentives and a lot of scope to particpate in this if this is something that you value - HR is very people focused and, if you have a good manager, the company will do a lot to support you through thick and thin

    Cons

    - Massive inconsistencies across the business in terms of how employees are treated, performance managed (or not, in some cases...) and led by their department managers (or not led at all, in some cases..). My time at Sage has been tainted by regular disappointments and frustrations at the lack of leadership, blurred lines of responsibility, setbacks in being developed directly by my manager and not feeling valued even though I have delivered excellent changes in the department and have had very good feedback from stakeholders in the business. Managers turn a blind eye or are, more worryingly, completely oblivious to bullying, favoritism, and are ignorant of their own lack of strategy and follow up in projects that they have been responsible for. Performance reviews and conversations about development are not taking place in some areas, and I'm not sure how much the heads of departments are aware of this. . For those who want to learn more and make their efforts worthwhile within a business such as SAGE, this is very demotivating and only ends with a letter of resignation and a lost opportunity for SAGE. - if you join sage, prepare yourself for a strong blame culture whereby a lot of people you work with will veto SAGE values for the sake of asserting their place in the organisation - If you work in a support role, depending on who your manager is, you most likely will feel disposable, undervalued, and will have to manage your work upwards - Unfortunately, if you are stuck with a manager who doesn't manage you will just have to take ownership of your own development and make sure that you don't get stuck with a negative mindset just because other people in the business are treated a lot better than you

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Small, unusual organization."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Managing Editor 

    I worked at SAGE Publishing part-time

    Pros

    Some great colleagues, good central location, interesting work.

    Cons

    Some of the publishing procedures are not best practice - the company has some quite outmoded systems.

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