Taylor & Francis Group Reviews

Updated 23 Jul 2020

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3.6
66%
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Taylor & Francis Group CEO  Annie Callanan
Annie Callanan
80 Ratings
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  • "databases were quite convoluted; lots of busy work; had to balance authors/editors' demands(in 22 reviews)

  • "Low pay, no room for growth, constant changes(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Assistant Peer Review Officer in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time

    Pros

    Good it is you know

    Cons

    Nothing Bad to report. Stop.

  2. "Overall good place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Abingdon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive and informative ELT and welcoming office environment

    Cons

    Facilities and methods of working a little outdated


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong brand with Routledge, and a prestigious label for authors

    Cons

    Management lack cohesion and clarity of vision. There is a toxicity here the leaves innovation and talent behind. In its place is the constant drive to publish more dross, and increase prices constantly.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good career progression and development

    Cons

    processes a bit old fashioned

  5. Helpful (5)

    "I wish I could have my time back"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Abingdon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the authors are lovely and understand that you are overworked and underpaid. I was treated very well by one in particular who would email me about topics I was interested in. They gave me the push I needed to return to education and complete my master's degree.

    Cons

    In the four years that I worked here I did not attend one conference, training session or meet an author. I was considered bottom of the ladder and was treated accordingly. Working here hindered my career in many ways, it wrecked my confidence and I didn't gain any new skills to add to my CV. We were treated like naughty children and every other line from editors or management was 'if you don't do this, you'll never be an editor'. It bordered on bullying and was just another way to separate the editorial assistants and ensure that your work was never enough. Particularly as there are rarely editor jobs and when one is advertised it always managed to go to a friend of another editor. We all talked openly about leaving.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "On the up"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Investment where it matters most

    Cons

    Company pension contribution is not as high as similar companies

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Happy to be working here"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Editor in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Staff are well-treated; good work-life balance and benefits. Opportunities for promotion without applying for a more senior role

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for progression

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great team, a good environment"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Office Coordinator in Abingdon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are lovely - some of the best to work with - and the role is rarely boring. Work/life balance is sustainable (in lower level roles).

    Cons

    The workload oscillates industrially, which can be disorienting. Vertical payment and role progression is notoriously limited (in-company, at least; switching to competitors is common).

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "Boring and dull"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Milton, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The pay for an Editorial Assistant is higher than average in comparison to competitors. - There are few time pressures and the workload is manageable, but I know that this varies from department to department and can vary considerably depending on the manager/job role (I just happen to have a very good one!) For example, in my department, as soon as you become an Editor, the workload and expectations increase considerably and I know that some Editors work more than their salaried hours to meet deadlines - this is one of the reasons I do not want to be promoted. - The Sports & Social Committee work really hard to cultivate a T&F community and the AllInforma Rainbow Champions have been doing an excellent job of bringing LGBTQIA+ employees and allies together and raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues in the workplace.

    Cons

    - The work can be incredibly mind numbing and boring: a lot of my job involves copying and pasting information into spreadsheets all day, every day. - There is no clear career path and it also feels as if management expect EAs to get bored of waiting for promotion and leave rather than nourishing talent and encouraging them to move up to an Editor role. - There is vast inconsistency across departments in the management of teams, work from home policies (Books get 3 days, Journals get 2, for example,but that is up to the discretion of your manager) and intensity of workloads. It really is luck of the draw, which I think accounts for the varying reviews on here. - Again, depending on the department, it can feel really lonely and isolating working at Taylor and Francis. The floor I work on is particularly quiet and the work I do is very individual, so I often have days when I don't speak to anyone or perhaps just say "Hi" and "Bye". If you like this kind of environment then T&F might be for you, but I find it depressing. - Money and profit seems to be the main objective for senior management. If you're motivated by making and saving money (I'm not), then you'll fit right in here! - There is very little to do and few places to eat at Milton Park during lunch breaks and very few spaces to eat in the T&F building, so quite a few people tend to eat at their desks.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away! Toxic working environment"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Abingdon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Taylor & Francis Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    **People, staff benefits, social culture

    Cons

    x Major restructure in journals and books editorial led to staff redundancies and jobs going to India office. Very poor, unprofessional execution of this whole transition with limited support for staff affected. x Remote international working means senior staff not present or involved in staff wellbeing x Stressful, toxic working environment and anxious editors working overtime is the norm to meet unrealistic company targets x Development and mentoring for editorial assistants depends on line manager. Opportunities not always fairly distributed depending on workload x Corporate culture - quantity over quality approach to work x Admin workload means limited time for career progression x Books editorial staff not valued for input

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