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Former Contractor - Intern in San Francisco, CA
Former Contractor - Intern in San Francisco, CA

I worked at HarperCollins as a contractor (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

The people are friendly and location is great, near Embarcadero Center for lunch and shopping.

Cons

Online publishing budget constraints require them to hire either seniors or interns.

Advice to Management

Hire new grads who need experience and train them on the job.

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    Not a good long-term career path for those just entering the job market.

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    You will learn patience. You will learn how to MULTItask. You will learn deadlines mean nothing if you are the right person. You will learn how to blame other departments, authors, agents or outside companies for Harper's shortcomings. You may if lucky learn a few things from some of the talented underappreciated middle managers that shovel this muddle into some meaningful saleable product. If you are interested in being a line editor, there are a few good ones left. You will learn how to sit through meaningless meetings while work builds in your Inbox.

    You will learn that HR is not there to help the employee. This is really something not taught in college, and it should be.

    You will get to show your aunt from Ohio the grand staircase when she comes in for the tree lighting.

    Take away is this is a great starter job, where you will learn survival skills. Do not plan on a 20 year career there and you will be fine. The industry is having an identity crisis so if you can find a better line of work, you might want to reconsider going into publishing.

    Cons

    Low pay at entry level. Justified by HR as your entry level lack of experience. Catch-22 is should you ever move beyond entry to middle or come in at the middle, upper-management will not want to pay you for your experience. They will fix blame on digital or B&N as the reason,all while never offering to take a pay cut of their own.

    If you didn't negotiate hard before you were hired on salary, you won't move much beyond.
    Lack of communication leads to a heavy gossip environment.

    Hard to watch good hard working employees demoralized or neutered.

    Recently, several departments were terminated under the ruse that they could reapply for their jobs if they wanted them in NJ. We all wait to see how many of those dozens of employees are actually getting retained many with decades of experience and excellent performance reviews.

    If you make it more than 3 years and ask for a raise, be prepared to be told you are lucky to have a job.Your workspace will be the size of a bathroom stall at a midtown bar without the high walls and the nice soap.

    Advice to Management

    The performance reviews are meaningless as you have no intention of rewarding hard-work so spare the pretense. HR told the union in their negotiations they would rather hire a new employee than raise the entry level salaries, so why pretend?

    Why does senior management ignore negative feedback on workflow, process, from its own long-time employees only to hire consultants to go over the same issues?

    Money wasted on marginal acquisitions could have been used to better compensate the smaller headcount.

    Until you force accountability at the top, you are just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
    I wish you well because I gave the best years of my life to books.


  2. Helpful (4)

    same position, going nowhere, management doesn't care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA

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

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

    Pros

    People are nice and the vacation time is good

    Cons

    Management don't care about what is going on in their departments. People are overly social and obviously not doing work but that is ok???

    Advice to Management

    That if people don't work, get rid of them and find people who care about their jobs.


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