A toxic work environment- low pay, no job security, and terrible management
Associate Editor (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – July 21, 2015
Working at JoVE is a miserable experience which I can boil down to three main reasons:
1. The work itself is extremely dull and frustrating. If you are in editorial, you are essentially a sales person. Your job is to call scientists and beg them to publish with JoVE, which costs them a huge amount of money, Scientists generally think this is ridiculous and a waste of money. As an editor, if you don't make at least 10 "sales" per month, you are fired. No questions asked. As an editorial assistant, you are essentially spamming scientists with emails from JoVE trying to convince them to publish.
2. Management is extremely frustrated, with no transparency and little respect for employees. If you like to be micro-managed, sit through pointless meetings, and have absolutely no voice, then go ahead and work at JoVE. Day-to-day, one of the worst parts of the job is tip-toeing around and trying to avoid your manager staring over your shoulder or dragging you into the office for a "pep talk." There is no true leadership. Also, because people are fired almost every week for having low numbers, there is a constant fear of being fired and the management makes it very clear that everyone is replaceable (why do you think there are constantly job postings on this site?)
3. The pay is ridiculously low. Try living in Boston on about 25k. It's not fun. Everyone who works at JoVE is broke (except management) and many have to work second jobs just to get by.
Hold out for a better job. Working at JoVE is a miserable experience.