I've been informed by my employer of a new policy where I am not to put my name on maps. I've always put my name on my maps in the past and have never run across this policy. Is it uncommon in the industry to add the map author's name to maps?
It is not uncommon, as the map can be considered company property (both intellectual and artistic property) as opposed to an individual's work. Some cartographers circumvent this by hiding their name/initials/signature in a feature on the map. This is accomplished by using a slightly different color, and/or stylizing the signature to look like part of the symbology. There are probably other methods as well. It's very easy to do the slightly different color "trick" with GIS.
I just took over as the sole GIS analyst where I work. The GIS guy before me put his name on all the maps he made, but I decided to leave my name off all the maps I design from now on.
I think putting your name on a map (if you work for an organization) is a little bit tacky, and cheapens the map for your employer. I think this is especially true if your publishing authoritative data (vs. some unique design).
Just my take on it.