Spandidos Publications Reviews

Updated 4 Mar 2021

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  1. "Great Work Environment, Reasonable Workload"

    5.0
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    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. "Great people, terrible job"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Hammersmith, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team of talented people; very social working environment. Cake rota and free fruit, tea and coffee. Good 'foot-in-the-door' job for future publishing roles.

    Cons

    Dull work editing papers that had clearly not been peer-reviewed and were of very low standard and scientific accuracy, which was depressing. Poor retention of staff. Staff were promoted to final readers (with a salary increase) seemingly at random (I was never considered for a promotion because I was on annual leave when staff-edited papers were checked, and then apparently 'missed my chance'). Poor management, with mid-level managers unable to answer for why some staff were promoted and others weren't. Poor salary that was only a liveable salary when topped up by freelance work performed out of working hours.

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  3. "Friendly atmosphere"

    4.0
    Current Employee - N/A in London, England

    I have been working at Spandidos Publications full-time

    Pros

    Everybody is friendly, and the job is mentally stimulating.

    Cons

    Too much pressure being put onto staff each week

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    "Unprofessional and poor management"

    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

    Some lovely colleagues, good starting job if you want to stay and progress in scientific publishing.

    Cons

    - Most reviews here have brought up the low-quality science, but I feel that the main issue isn’t with the science they publish, but with how the company is run. - Employees are treated like we are replaceable robots, never once taking into account any of our suggestions on how to improve the company. - Employees are expected to take up multiple roles within the company (in addition to our editing roles) WITHOUT giving us extra renumeration we deserve. - The salaries – completely random salary bands given to each employee, and pay rises were not awarded to employees even after passing probation or exceeding company targets. The company also kept changing the requirements to get a raise (first it was making final reader, then apparently you had to exceed your targets 3 months in a row before you get one). When we did fulfil the requirements, we were told that we were not allowed to ask for a raise due to the pandemic, even though business was going well. - Working from home – very minimal support provided to employees. Desktops/laptops were not provided, and office chairs were only provided to employees (although we were expected to pay 50% of the cost) six months after WFH. Several employees were forced to work from their bed and no support was given to them. No flexibility whatsoever for employees who needed to work back in their respective home countries during the pandemic (which the company did not allow). - No support for employees who require bereavement leave. Managers unaware of the actual amount of time that employees can get. - Editing guide incomprehensible – readers would get told off for adding an Oxford comma or confusing American and English spelling. The feedback system was not designed to provide constructive criticism. Every tiny oversight would be told off. - Completely useless system of having to forward any pre-proof queries to authors via managers. - Their work tracker system is designed to micromanage every minute of every employee’s day, which is completely counterproductive. You are expected to jot down every single task you do, no matter how mundane, to justify the number of papers you read per week. - No clear communication between management and readers – changes in editing styles etc would be implemented at random without any discussion or feedback from readers who aren’t in management. Upper management stay silent when employees bring up any issues and refuse to back us up. - After ~6 months in the job you will pretty much learn everything you need to within the job, and progression within the company is only possible if staff within management has left. - In a nutshell: do not work here unless you are willing to stay miserable – you are better off waiting for another offer to come along.

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    "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

  9. "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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  10. "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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