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Nice people, confusing management and culture

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Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA
Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA

I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Some of the highlights:

* Overall, nice and very talented individuals, editorial team very strong
* Good access to resources, get to work with top-tier vendors/consultants on more important projects
* Decent amount of resources available for projects
* Good training for future dealing with complex organizations
* Being associated with brand is very helpful for post HBSP career

Cons

This has been covered before, but there seems to be a disconnect in terms of overall leadership of company.

* "Consensus-driven" approach where it seemed like middle management has no oversight by senior management or accountability in actually making decisions; affects individual performers get their job done who have to fight their way to get things accomplished.
* Hard to blame individual leaders (strong likeability as individuals), but something in culture (silos?) keeps concrete directives from being made to resolve interdepartmental conflicts. To be fair, this could be part of greater Harvard culture seeping into HBSP.
* Covered before, in certain departments idea of advancement, education, mentorship seemed like a non-topic ("too busy")
* Internal processes can be inconsistent, some seem to be heavily documented yet not grounded in reality of changing projects or just non-applicable due to non-communication between stakeholders
* Technology groups were often highly dysfunctional (difficult to call balls and strikes between shared resources IT and business unit groups, to be fair, this showed improvement).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Organic decision making and process change is sometimes the right way to go, but that doesn't mean sometimes a hard decision doesn't need to be made top-down to call the balls and strikes.

Recommends
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good group of people with a great brand but no real executive vision and limited internal opportunities

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    Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, fantastic brand, access to top thinkers in management, reasonable compensation

    Cons

    No real vision or direction from executive leadership, lots of internal silos

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

    Smart people, toxic environment

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with intelligent people and interesting content. Competitive salaries and good benefits.

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities are hard to come by. Department was badly managed and suffered low morale. In short, managers don't practice what they preach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read what the company publishes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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