"This company is still run by a very traditional core group who want employees to be on site, 9-5, and who give lip service to valuing family without backing it up with support systems. "Employee owned" sounds great but is misleading; there is a board of directors and top group of editors who make all decisions. There is little transparency and few channels for input from the average mid-level employee. The maternity leave policy is definitely better than many other companies have; however the policies that follow-- once you have a family and want to find work/life balance and negotiate for flextime or working at home-- are frustratingly vague and dependent upon the whims of individual managers. Company policy is vague and applied inconsistently to various employee situations, so advocating for oneself based on policy is a bit like standing on quicksand. That said, some departments and groups within the company are wonderful, and as a female employee you can really thrive. However it's contingent upon one's manager and upon politics. Overall, a very old-school environment."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
Are women & men treated equally?
One thing W.W. Norton & Company can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Did you take Maternity leave?
6 Paid | 18 Unpaid
"6 months unpaid leave is offered; new policy offers 6 weeks paid + 1 week additional pay for years employed at the company (up to a cap). Up to 4 weeks paid paternity leave is offered. "
Would you recommend W.W. Norton & Company to other women?
"Opportunity and policy varies widely depending upon your department. Some groups have progressive, positive management who advocate for their employees and permit working at home, flextime schedules, and opportunities to progress and grow. Others very definitely do not. "