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Vice President of Finance interfacing with Corporate and the Shared Services Center. Generally a well managed company.

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Former Employee - Vice President of Finance in Grand Rapids, MI
Former Employee - Vice President of Finance in Grand Rapids, MI

I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

HarperCollins is the parent company which provides competitive direction towards the digitization of book publishing, information technology, distribution, and other general business practices. Zondervan was able to operate in a quasi-independent manner with the assistance of corporate knowledge in New York.

Cons

Decisions were not always made by the Zondervan management but we passed down from the parent company in New York. Additionally, long-term strategic planning and direction were often predetermined due to the talent and staffing levels of HarperCollins NY therefore the senior management team was not in complete control of their destiny.

Advice to Management

Improve the working relationship with HarperCollins by having more of it's own forward thinking stategic opportunities rather than waiting for direction and instructions from Corporate in NY>

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  1. My experience at Zondervan was outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people were wonderful to each other. The jobs were challenging yet very satisfying and fun to do. The work atmosphere is fun yet the tasks are completed on time.

    Cons

    Hourly employees tend to watch their time on breaks and lunch hours more than the salaried employees do. Upper management can be a problem for some.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to be more transparent with everyone.

  2. Used to be the best place to work. Merger has left many scars.

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    Former Employee - Sales Department ( Senior Level, Non-selling Role) in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Department ( Senior Level, Non-selling Role) in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to openly embrace your faith in a work setting. Great work ethic, support of mission. Benefits (although shrinking over time) are still better than most companies, especially in regard to work/family balance (paid time allocation is generous and appreciated).

    Cons

    Merger with Tomas Nelson smashed an apple with an orange -- sour taste in the mouths of many at Zondervan (where no power remains-just ask anyone). New open concept office is a disaster -- no privacy -- hard to concentrate, feels like a call center. Involvement from parent company feels excessively burdensome -- the culture is suffering (culture is a very fragile thing). Hard to get staff the pay levels the market is paying.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being blind to the obvious bias to grow/support Nashville location at the expense of Grand Rapids. Some employees remain very under-paid (mostly long term employees). Trust more.

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