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SAGE Publishing Reviews

Updated 15 Nov 2019

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3.6
68%
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SAGE Publishing CEO Blaise R. Simqu (no image)
Blaise R. Simqu
103 Ratings
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  • "There’s a massive disconnect between upper management and middle management, general speaking communication is an issue due to cliques(in 14 reviews)

  • "communication between superiors and lower-level employees not strong(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful publisher"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great flexible working policy, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Progression sometimes unclear, but I would say their treatment of staff makes this worth it even when compared to other publishers

    SAGE Publishing2019-04-03
  2. "Great people, great work-life balance, path to success depends on your luck"

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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

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    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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    Advice to Management

    - make an effort to create an open and inclusive environment for your team members, and try even harder to do this now that the company is working agile - Advice to heads of departments and directors: hold your own managers more accountable for how they manage people below them. If managers are strained and operating at full capacity, it's all well and good to promote things like 'self-development awareness' for... employees, but don't use that as an excuse for managers who are slacking and not doing their job. - make performance reviews mandatory for all managers - get rid of the profit related bonus and introduce a performance related one so that everyone pulls their weight - improve comms strategy around cultural changes and restructures, and make sure that things like 'lean' training is role out to all departments and not just ones that profit the business.

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    SAGE Publishing2019-11-15
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Small, unusual organization."

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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.

    SAGE Publishing2019-09-26
  4. Helpful (4)

    "great company, gone bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still lots of nice people and on the face of it they look after the staff

    Cons

    The company has lurched to a more corporate approach due to cash crisis and worries about plan S. also very cliquey, if you are in with the right people you can go far. If not, you've got no chance of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    treat people better

    SAGE Publishing2019-10-28
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Still A Start Up Attitude Needs Changing"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone employed is of a similar cast, they don't like conflict! Great perks, especially when you've completed your probation period. I was informed after completing 5 and 10 years more benefits. Anniversary trips to places like California and India. Plenty of working from home, so great work-life balance. Lots of activities to do together and depending on your outlook on life. Bonus every year I was there.

    Cons

    Empty office! So many employees working from home it is so hard to communicate with your colleagues. Huge lack of cohesion. Promotions seemed to be reserved for a very few select employees. HR extremely very weak. I found some employees doing next to nothing yet enjoying the benefits of those working hard. Far too many silos in different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Having worked at several companies before I looked forward in working at SAGE with all the good things talked about this medium sized company. Unfortunately, I found it very disappointing. The issues would stem from so many staff and senior management having been there so very long that ideas, drive, commitment and direction are lacking. I would suggest a big shake up at board level to allow the company to grow up,... fresh blood and ideas would be a start. Employing people not in the same mould, less yes people and allow employees to challenge instead of persecuting those that do. Promote the right people. Far too many I saw promoted and some a few times, yet many of them lacked the skillsets and knowledge to which they were promoted into. Tackle the home working culture that became so recklessly abused and causing many issues, in fact harming the company. And one I heard from a few former colleagues, spend money on the infrastructure.

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    SAGE Publishing2019-08-10
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, slow career progression, poor salary"

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

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - People are friendly. - Work is interesting

    Cons

    - Career progression is not fast - Stuck in the past - Going agile loses team spirit - Not market rate of pay

    SAGE Publishing2019-05-26
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Company in difficult period of transition"

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

    I have been working at SAGE Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working Less "corporate" than other companies (though this is changing fast) No dress code

    Cons

    Work is unrewarding Profit margins are good but little investment in core business Salaries well below market rate Expenses very stringent - if you are travelling for work it's economy all the way Messaging around Health & Wellbeing inconsistent - morale is very low in parts of the business due to resourcing/ hiring freeze. You're expected to do more with less but no direction given as to how to achieve this.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better environment for staff or retention will become a significant issue. The journals portfolio is the core of the business but is being actively neglected by leadership.

    SAGE Publishing2019-05-04
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Living in the past"

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    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues within team were easy to get on with and helpful when it came to training you up on systems. Salary was also slightly higher than what larger competitors offer.

    Cons

    -Role was dull with very little room for career progression. Management do not care about helping staff grow or encourage them to take on further responsibilities. Weekly meetings with managers end up being hour long chats about everything else but work, as roles become so repetitive and tedious that there is nothing new to discuss. -Will constantly say that they are open to trying new ideas but change absolutely... nothing and instead come up with excuses as to why the newly proposed idea will not work. -Marketing strategies are similar to those of a predatory journal - management have admitted that their only focus is to drive submissions (i.e. money) to journals, which is partially done by exhausting recipients on our mailing lists with 'Submit to our journal' campaigns to the point of harassment. During my time working there a major pharmaceutical company complained that they no longer wanted marketing communications from SAGE because of how often they received emails from us, yet management still did not see this as reason enough to change the marketing approach. -Campaign numbers are at an all time low, yet during meetings managers prefer to dance around the issue and instead discuss how to make our campaigns more visually appealing. What is the point of such if no one is opening them in the first place? It is very disheartening to spend all week working on a campaign to only have 30 people out of 3000 open it.

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    Advice to Management

    -Open access is a fast growing market and eventually researchers are going to grow less naive about which journals are worthy investments. It is not enough to just put the articles you publish on your website, you need to be doing more to give each journal its own unique brand identity and NOT just recycle the same "benefits of publishing OA" across every journal website. -You are also doing your current authors a... major disservice by doing nothing to promote their articles besides publishing their work on a rarely visited website. Author retention reaps more rewards than continually trying to find new customers, and you aren't doing enough to make them want to come back. -You have some intelligent and talented staff on your team, but they need strong leadership and to be consistently challenged, otherwise their roles become tedious and dull. Management are using weekly meeting times to have a chat about matters unrelated to work, which should not happen on company time.

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    SAGE Publishing2019-01-20
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant Company"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAGE Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice colleagues lots of training lovely environment

    Cons

    low salary and career progression not very likely

    SAGE Publishing2019-01-07
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Superb company with strong ethical commitment to their staff and the academic community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really compassionate engaged and expert leadership Hugely active in the social sciences (in particular) Committed to being the best at what they do, not just to the bottom line Investing in innovation

    Cons

    Staff retention rate can make promotion challenging depending on the department

    SAGE Publishing2019-01-02
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