Hachette Book Group

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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They go above an beyond to generally make you happy

    Cons

    Not many options if you find yourself in difficult situations with senior management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rough Waters, Leaking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Employees are personable and friendly. A large amount of vacation. The week between Christmas and New Years off. Summer Hours.

    Cons

    Hachette is going through major transitions currently (2013/2014). Leadership seems to be lacking during these rough times and the company doesn't seem to be able to keep/value talented employees any longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is the only publishing internship I have done (I interned in the editorial department at one of the publishers), but from what I hear from other interns, this is one of the better paid internships in the industry, with both HR and the individual departments being serious about giving interns a broad overview of the various aspects of the publishing business, as well as fairly in-depth look into whatever department you happen to be working in. While there is no avoiding the occasional menial task, interns are taken seriously and entrusted with important work. People here are generally friendly and upbeat, and always willing to take the time to talk to interns. By and large the more you put into the internship - being proactive about meeting people and getting work - the more you can get out of it.
    Many former interns get hired here, but getting a job seems to be largely a matter of timing - being available when something opens up.

    Cons

    Right now the atmosphere is slightly tense, with recent layoffs and the move to new offices. Everyone is doing their best to counteract the negative effects of the Amazon dispute, but it remains a source of some tension. Perhaps because everyone is preoccupied with such concerns, interns occasionally find themselves with nothing to do. These are minor complaints, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great internship program, keep it going!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company in transition--new CEO, changing market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic office culture (lots of outings, opportunities to know people in other departments, many opportunities to celebrate the books and authors we publish), great people (I love my coworkers!), the best books. I do appreciate that upper management is open to hearing feedback from all levels, even if change is slow to come. It does (and can) come with time. It can be difficult to advance within the company, but it's possible.

    Cons

    Very tight on headcount--leads to overworked staff, difficult work-life balance. Low salaries at mid and lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your valued employees are properly compensated according to industry standards. If headcount needs to be tights, then in some cases, standards need to be lowered, and less oversight is necessary. Give your employees more freedom/power to do their jobs well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    top heavy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent products, smart and interesting colleagues, great benefits.

    Cons

    Seems like senior vice presidents with vague titles are being added every other week, but support staff for getting the work done is constantly being cut. More work than ever for fewer people. Sadistic managers, no help from HR with conflicts. The boss is always right. New offices will be open plan with no space to put our work-in-progress or - God forbid! - books. You are paid for a 35-hour week, but everyone I know regularly works much more than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect mid-level employees. They are probably as committed to the company as you are, and they get the work done. Avoid top-down edicts, whether policy changes or criticism of employees - your people are smart, talented, dedicated - give them a chance to express themselves and listen to them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Publishing House

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Love Summer Fridays
    Great company culture

    Cons

    Little growth potential
    Compensation for EAs and Assistant Editors is laughable for NYC living

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Closed Minded Leaders with Zero Creativity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The house still attracts great authors and illustrators.... for now. The adult imprints continue to impress me.

    Cons

    The three people in charge of LBYR are uninspired, micro-managers. They take credit for everything the staff below them does -- especially in public announcements - to a shameless extent. They overwork the staff and show little regard for innovative ideas. There is no strategy behind the organization of the list. The marketing department is continuously watered down and overhauled because management won't stop meddling in it. Editors aren't allowed to have private correspondence with agents - and they are leaving at an alarming rate. The reprint department is in absolute shambles. The meetings in general are uptight and unpleasant. Only two opinions matter... ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO of the company needs to take a serious look at the top three running the children's group. He clearly doesn't care how junior staff is suffering. Maybe he will care when our numbers start suffering... which has already started happening. It's an awful shame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with a relaxed atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, opportunity to learn and grow, great co-workers, and fun company functions when I was there. Overall, I think it was the best job I ever had

    Cons

    Pay was low and some senior managers / directors were a nightmare to work with. Sometimes it took for ever to get a raise. And there was some high turnover in some departments, but for the most part, people were in it for the long haul.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the most part, my tenure was frustrating due to a lack of managerial abilities

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The collegial atmosphere is the best part of HBG

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless about what employees really want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees tell you is important, not what you want to be important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    You know what rolls downhill...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues--attracts the best talent! Great benefits-- I'll stay a while to keep them. The management supports doing your work well and will never encourage cutting corners or being lazy-- in my case, that I can edit my heart out. Lovely books. Great place to be if you're upper management.

    Cons

    Managers are out of touch with what their employees do, so are surprised when employees are over-worked. Work-life balance is poor; 20% of my division works to or past 9pm at least once a week. Though raises happen every year, they're are minimal even with a promotion until you get an offer from another house; then you're worth quite a bit more to them. Senior management is paid very well, and are happy up there, so they have a hard time believing how poor morale is in the rest of the company. They don't take suggestions for improving things, and tend to place the blame back on the lower-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This used to be a great company, but now morale is lower than I've seen it in all my years here and I see us losing talent, both employees and authors. Listen to employees, create an environment where they can speak to upper management freely without fear of reprisal; try to make a more egalitarian workplace that values the voices even from the bottom. If you work with your employees rather than separate yourselves from them, this could be a best-in-class company once again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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