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Updated April 20, 2015
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David Young
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Free books, nice coworkers, interesting projects, good benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, offers flexible work environment, positive employees (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No growth; low pay, even by publishing standards (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is clueless about what employees really want (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Stay away from IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free books. Generally nice pleasant people.

    Cons

    IT upper management is very disorganized and hands off - not qualified to lead. Reorg changes made with no communication or real plans. So called decision makers take no accountability. stay away from the train wreck!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that actually do the work.

  2. Less than wonderful.

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, the real backbone of the organization. There is a true sense of cooperation amongst all "the little people."

    Cons

    Upper management pays no real attention to those that do the work. If it wasn't what they wanted to hear, it didn't matter to the executives. Everyone has to make believe the emperor is wearing clothes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those in the trenches and those that know more of the day to day workload. Stop the bullying tactics currently employed by the CEO.

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    Stay away from the IT department

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some truly excellent colleagues who are hard working and really care. Good work life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    If you're considering an IT career here, stay away. The department has been reorganized 3 times in as many years. Leadership is horrible - the CIO barely interacts with anyone. The people he's hired lack leadership skills. He's let go of good talent or encouraged people to leave because of his own personality problems. The rest of the company is frustrated with the lack of technological progress, despite individuals working hard to do their best, but no one cares. Technology is not a priority here. Morale is low. There is nothing innovative happening here now.

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  5. Top Heavy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group

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

    Pros

    free books, benefits, nice offices

    Cons

    Hr is a joke, not for the people, everything is "at your manager's discretion" ( no matter if your manager is a lunatic) including "company policy", personal connections are the path to reward, not hard work. Exempt employees basically work 24-7 for free. Titles, positions and pay are pulled out of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who actually work hard, not by who they know.

  6. review

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    Former Employee - Returns Associate in Lebanon, IN
    Former Employee - Returns Associate in Lebanon, IN

    I worked at Hachette Book Group part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good working atmosphere, nice hard working people

    Cons

    Getting Full Time is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring illegals.

  7. The company had to go undergo lots of layoffs due to financial concerns.

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people. Very little turnover.

    Cons

    Lots of upheaval in 2014. Move to an open floor plane. Let go of lots of talented employees. Very poor communication from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Read some of the business management books you publish!

  8. Great company. Wonderful colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's rare to find a company that provides its employees with the care and attention that Hachette does. You'll enjoy a great environment to work in with employee benefits, perks, and all the books you can dream of!

    Cons

    Rough work-life balance
    Few promotions

  9. Great people, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are great people to work with here, a lot of hard working, friendly and dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy and out of touch with the reality of the day to day business. High turnover in key areas, including many top level managers, are not seen for the warning signs they are and the response to problems are restructuring rather than investment.

    CEO is clearly dedicated and knowledgeable about the core areas of the business, publishing, but appears disappointingly out of touch with the operational elements.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the folks in all areas of the business, not just those at the top.

  10. Great Internship!

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    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very pleasant people to work with and free books! HR truly cares about their internship program and having their interns learn as much they can.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

  11. Wonderful for a while

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    --Books are a great perk.
    --Company book signings that made you feel part of a team.
    --Wonderful people who are passionate about books and what they do.

    Cons

    --Extremely top-heavy. There are more VP's than needed.
    --Advancement is difficult
    --Employees were kept out of the loop even--especially--when Hachette figured prominently in the news.
    --When layoffs came the dispute with Amazon was dismissed as a possible reason which was ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your "lower tier" employees they do a great deal of the work and yet get passed over for advancement and the best perks.

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