Spandidos Publications Reviews

Updated 28 Jan 2020

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  1. "Great Work Environment, Reasonable Workload"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Final Reader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Training Great Work Environment Good Feedback Reasonable Workload

    Cons

    I Cannot Think Of Any

  2. "Loved my time there"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Final Reader/Manager 

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lovely group of people, easy job, lots of opporunities

    Cons

    Quite basic in terms of general office skills, quite monotonous work

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    "Soul-Crushing Meat Machine"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Scientific Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable and modern offices and facilities Nice location in London Free fruit Health benefits

    Cons

    I left Spandidos over 2 years ago and held off on writing this review primarily because I wanted to write a more objective review of my time there, several years on, I don’t think my views on Spandidos have changed, they have strengthened. Why is this titled "soul-crushing meat machine"? Technically the job should be simple, you get papers that have been peer-reviewed and then make changes to the text according to the journal style. However at Spandidos, you are faced with several problems: 1) Papers are NOT peer reviewed. I refuse to believe that any of the papers I edited over my time in Spandidos were ever seen by someone who has any decent knowledge of the subject matter at hand i.e. they were NEVER peer reviewed. 2) English of the authors submitting the papers was appalling, not to mention dealing with authors and asking them to provide clarifications was like pulling teeth. The corresponding authors were unable to respond to the simplest requests. 3) Journal style guide was incomprehensible, and grew to a mammoth beast of 100+ pages over the time I was there. You were often completely torn apart by some final readers for missing a comma or not following the completely made-up style guide rule, but if you spotted a major theoretical or scientific error in an article it was never praised or acknowledged. 4) If you were to find a possible issue with a paper, be it suspicious results, problematic ethics, incorrect statistics, it had to be referred to the "journal manages", most of which in my experience had very little knowledge on statistics, I had to explain stats 101 on numerous occasions for various "managers". The biggest problem however, the most soul-crushing, for me and many others that left the company is this: The people they hire are often highly skilled, well-educated, many, if not all came from Russell Group universities with PhDs, Masters. These same people that have spent 7-10 years of their life in a rigorous academic environment, where they were taught how scientific studies should be conducted, grown as scientists to place a high value on morale and ethics, were told by management (indirectly, of course) that all of that is rubbish, it does not count, it does not serve. In this company, in order to be successful and to achieve anything, you must sacrifice any integrity that you have. So, dear future employee of Spandidos, the question is, are you ready to strike a Faustian bargain?

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    "A copy editing factory for low quality Chinese science"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Java Web Developer in Hammersmith, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are nice. They care about the science and support each other. It is a clean modern work environment. Kitchens on each floor well stocked with teas, coffee,, milk and fruit. Decent showers and secure bike storage. They pay above market rates

    Cons

    Spandidos Publications is a copy editing factory for dodgy Chinese research. 90% of submissions are from China and Southeast Asia. The quality of the language matches the science. Spandidos Publications approach to plagiarism, contaminated cell lines, and unethical euthanasia is to ask authors to rewrite their paper without the offending details. Absentee management by the children of the Editor in chief who run the business from Athens.

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    "Terrible work environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Final Reader 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of many, other than there being some nice colleagues

    Cons

    Controlling micromanagement, staff not being trusted and promotions being given out seemingly at random, editing targets that appeared to be impossible to achieve without sacrificing quality, general poor morale and high staff turnover

  6. "Lovely people"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Deputy Managing Editor in London, England
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Welcoming and supporting community Motivated team leaders

    Cons

    Slow to implement changes No clear job descriptions and salary bands

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  7. "Scientific Copy Editor"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time

    Pros

    Running club, fresh weekly fruit in the office, flexible hours, cake wednesday

    Cons

    Difficult to progress with career

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    "Toxic company"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Scientific Copy Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are allowed to work from home one day per week and have flexible start and finish times. The company provides fresh fruit, tea and coffee. The office space is modern. These are literally all of the pros.

    Cons

    This could get long, so I will try to make my points as succinct as possible. The working environment here is toxic, and the problem lies solely with management. Most of the staff are really great people who have just been beaten down so much that they no longer try to voice their concerns. - Management. This is really the root of all issues with Spandidos Publications. The London office is run solely by the managing director, who lives in Greece and spends approximately 2/8 weeks in London. However, he micromanages from afar and the majority of decisions must go through him before they are implemented. There are journal managers in London who oversee small teams, but their duties are extremely restricted and they can do little without consulting the MD. This lack of trust in employees and micromanagement means that its hard to get anything done without jumping through a million hoops to get there. The HR department is ineffective and staff have not had the proper training. In my time at the company, I am aware of several instances of potential disability and pregnancy discrimination that have occurred due to the HR representative's extreme lack of knowledge and awareness of UK employment law. There have also been many reported instances of confidential information being shared unlawfully, but staff are afraid to do anything about it for fear of retaliation. - Salary and career advancement. Staff with the same qualifications, experience and job title are offered vastly different salaries. We are encouraged not to discuss salaries and there is no transparency about how these are determined. Only recently did the company start advertising promotions/internal job opportunities - prior to this, people would be selected with no warning and thrust into positions they were wholly unqualified for with 0 additional training and expected to get on with it. This caused issues for both the promoted staff and those working under them, as they had no guidance about how to manage a team or deal with their new responsibilities. With regards to pay rises, you will be told that they are considered when you start hitting targets. In an office of nearly 50 staff, I have heard of fewer than 5 people hitting targets at any one time. The targets seem to exist purely to deny people the remuneration they deserve. - Ethics. The company has made it clear that they value quantity over quality, and this has become more of an issue the longer I have worked here. The job involves editing manuscripts for publication, and when you start you're given a comprehensive guide as to the science and ethical standards that need to be met. Unfortunately, we are also given targets that are completely unattainable if we follow the guidelines provided. Management repeatedly states that we should be hitting targets and offer pay rise/promotion opportunities for those that have higher outputs (regardless of the standard of work), so employees are encouraged to perform sub-standard work and allow science of questionable integrity to be published to meet these targets. - Morale. I am one of very few staff who have been with Spandidos Publications for over two years. Morale is incredibly low and at any given time there will be swathes of people working their notice or actively seeking new employment. These issues have been raised with management, whose response has been that staff are 'too negative' and have 'unrealistic expectations' of salary/career advancement opportunities. The turnover is extremely high for a reason. Overall, Spandidos Publications may not seem like a terrible place to work when you start, but you will soon see how toxic and broken this company really is. Countless people have tried incredibly hard to improve things and make positive changes, but when management don't listen and treat their staff as disposable it's impossible to make any real changes. All of the other 1 star reviews I have read on here are accurate - these have been brought up by management who have threatened legal action against those who they know to have written them, claiming that everyone is lying. Such threats are a great example of how staff are treated, and yet another sign that you should stay well away from Spandidos Publications.

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    "You need to listen"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Scientific Copy Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super nice and smart colleagues. Would always hire fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Company threatened staff with legal action if they published a negative review of the company online. Company acted to prevent unionization. This was against the law. Company resisted requests for flexible working conditions for several months, including for disabled staff. This was against the law. Company provided a bare minimum pension contribution and did not raise salaries in line with CPI or RPI. Boss was present for approx. 1 week in 8. He did not have a local delegate. His approval was also required for all decisions. Boss would not meet with more than one employee at a time, and communicated one-by-one with each individual. Boss hired a management consultant, but much of her feedback was not accepted. The job advertises benefits that are only available after a certain period of time in the company. This is somewhat misleading. Salary and promotions were not determined in a logical way. All of us left the company and received better salaries/conditions, I do not know of any exception. Boss insisted the company was typical and that we were complaining due to our lack of experience, which I found to be both insulting and incorrect.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Okay starting platform"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Scientific Copy Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Spandidos Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people - everyone is of a similar age having just graduated from university, and I made many good friends. Cake Wednesdays, free fruit and hot drinks, and the offices are modern and have good kitchen facilities. The company has flexible working hours. Also, the starting salary is good compared to a lot of other publishing companies (tip: don't be afraid to ask for a higher salary in your interview). Lots of people used this job as a platform to go into other editing roles at bigger companies.

    Cons

    SILENT working atmosphere and the general vibe that you couldn't go over and speak to someone, even about work. As I left they were trying to get rid of this culture and encourage more face-to-face discussions about work; however, I feel like some of the Journal Managers preferred a silent environment so everyone felt like they had to follow suit. Absolutely no contact with management and therefore no say in changes to company policies etc. This left a lot of people feeling angry and there was a general atmosphere of dissatisfaction, pretty much all the time. Would say after about 6 months I had learnt everything that I was ever going to learn in this role. The papers are all very similar, of poor scientific quality, and the work becomes repetitive.

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