Chronicle Books Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Best publishing job there is

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart engaged people, interesting work, fair compensation, free fruit, in the heart of San Francisco

    Cons

    Occasionally the cultural need for consensus slows things down in a fast paced world.


  2. sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere with a serious work ethic. Products are something you can get behind and non-salary related perks are abundant.

    Cons

    Below market rate pay with high expectations for performance. HR seems to be disconnected from staff needs and could use some training.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for performance. Reward incoming talent for their experience. That's how you keep 'em.


  3. Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very chill environment.

    Cons

    They're on the lower end of the salary scale


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  5. Amazing people, a bit stagnant

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Amazing, driven, creative team. Great company culture. Big dreamers.

    Cons

    Not enough mobility, not enough resources.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to great growth, even if it's slowly or through training opportunities


  6. Design Director for Adult, Kids, and Gift products and books

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    Creative, hard working, collaborative, great company values, charismatic and earnest leaders

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than in other industries

    Advice to Management

    keep it up!


  7. Publicist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publicist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Publicist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chronicle Books full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This remains one of my all time favorite jobs I have ever held. Chronicle is an excellent company to work for, the culture was amazing, the people were smart, and the projects were really fun. I worked at Chronicle for 6 years and still recommend people take offers when they get them at Chronicle, whether you're there for a year or longer Chronicle will add valuable experience to your resume. Seriously some of the best people I have ever worked with I met at Chronicle and a lot of them are still with the company today.

    Cons

    I ultimately left because I didn't see to much more career growth for myself there. But I got promoted several times while there and really appreciated the management team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and be sure to continue to provide appealing career paths for your employees.


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    Terrific publisher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    The people at Chronicle Books are some of the most creative and interesting professionals you'll come across in the industry. Quality and innovation are truly a part of every book worked on. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, even in terms of publishing industry salaries and especially given its location in San Francisco. Regular holidays given are fewer than many businesses and while the company closes down for Christmas-New Years break, which is nice, you have to use your vacation days or go unpaid on those days, unlike other publishing houses that give that as paid time off (a benefit publishers have traditionally given in part to make up for low pay).

    Chronicle Books Response

    Aug 25, 2015 – Executive Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We heard from several employees about the Holiday break and, I'm happy to say, we have started offering it as a fully-paid holiday.


  9. Creative and passionate staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment, beautiful books, and familial atmosphere lead to a great working environment

    Cons

    Publishing salaries in an expensive city.


  10. A very creative and amazing environment to work in!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publicist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Publicist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chronicle Books is full of hard working, creative and wonderful people. My team was very collaborative and helpful and you could tell that everyone had a passion for the written word.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low for the work load and it can be hard to climb the ladder since it's relatively short!


  11. A Wonderful Publisher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly creative and supportive coworkers and supportive leadership. Especially impressed by the teamwork in each book that is made. The quality of the books is a testament to the quality of the employees and the care they have for what Chronicle publishes.

    Cons

    Holiday time off is not the best (closed Christmas week as most publishers are, but have to use personal vacation time or take without pay), fewer than most standard holidays off as well.

    Chronicle Books Response

    Aug 25, 2015 – Executive Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We heard from several employees about the Holiday break and, I'm happy to say, we have started offering it as a fully-paid holiday.



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