Chronicle Books Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1.  

    A very creative and amazing environment to work in!

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    Current Employee - Publicist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Publicist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time for 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chronicle Books as a contractor

    Pros

    work environment is great, very nice committed designers and variety of projects

    Cons

    The city is a bit too expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    getting to the area, san francisco is an expensive City to live in general.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Wonderful Publisher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are absolutely amazing. Chronicle Books has managed to create a true, hard-working professional atmosphere without sacrificing the quirks and fun that allow people to show their vibrant personalities. The books we develop are some of the best in the industry, as well.

    Cons

    The pay is meager, as with all publishing positions. San Francisco is very expensive and the below average check makes it hard to live here sometimes. It can also be hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people more readily and please consider greater monetary incentives to keep the best employees here.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Record Breaking Profits Are Great Use That Money To Hire More People

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

    I worked at Chronicle Books full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Creative People
    Attractive Office
    Beautiful Books
    Generally nice people to work with

    Cons

    Low Pay (though this is typical for publishing)
    They don't fire bad bosses, even if they're incompetent, if they're "in" with the right people
    Overworked staff leads to burnout
    They're weirdly cheap about random things: i.e. They "close" the office for the week after Christmas but you have to either use your own vacation time or take the time unpaid. Most other publishers pay their employees for this time off. Plus they try to convince you that this is a good thing by putting a positive spin on it - 'Hey we're giving you time off at the holidays"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Record profits are great, but you need to hire more people if you don't want to burn out your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    I love these folks...

    Former Employee - Editorial  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Chronicle Books as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Sophisticated, devoted pros who are devoted to their innovations and design. Everyone in the company gets behind their titles and is proud of their work and their collegiality. They are innovative. It's physically beautiful, the location is ideal. Commuter and family-friendly.

    Cons

    Like much of the publishing industry, editorial salaries are very slim. You need another income or family income to pull off living in SF

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative and supportive environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Chronicle Books

    Pros

    The greatest perk of working at Chronicle is how socially-awareness the employees are to benefit a good cause (managers also encourage you to seek ways to make a positive impact). Employees have bake sales for charity and help build houses in Nola where Hurricane Katrina was hit. Chronicle employees embody the types of book they publish-cookbooks, humor, art&design etc. Many times a year, employees literally make baked goods that look like they're out the cookbooks. There are parties that launch books like beer pong. The best of all the office is modern and very refreshing to step into work everyday. You also get nice discounts on Chronicle published books which make great gifts!

    Cons

    The only downside is the pay. Most employees still want to work at Chronicle because of the fun colleagues and creative environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Contracts and Permissions Assistant  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts and Permissions Assistant in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chronicle Books

    Pros

    At Chronicle Books you will work alongside some very intelligent, funny and professional people who care strongly about the publishing industry. They have a fun quirkiness and unique way of looking at the world that make me want to go to work each day.

    Cons

    It is a bit difficult to effect change - everyone has a say and all must be in agreement for anything different to occur. This can be a bit trying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project management is needed!

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, can be a fun place to work but it's hard to progress in your career and the pay is quite low.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Chronicle Books

    Pros

    -Fun, creative people and products to work with
    -Great X-mas party
    -Well-recognized and respected brand.

    Cons

    -Pay is low
    -Senior management has been in same roles for some time so there are rarely opportunities to move up except in nominal way (e.g. from associate mgr, to mgr, to senior manager).
    -They've had a history of layoffs or individual dismissals that sometimes appear random or personally motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Find ways to better incentivize and motivate talented people not at top management level.

    Doesn't Recommend
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