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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
47 Reviews

3.2
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editorial  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY

    Pros

    This is the only publishing internship I have done (I interned in the editorial department at one of the publishers), but from what I hear from other interns, this is one of the better paid internships in the industry, with both HR and the individual departments being serious about giving interns a broad overview of the various aspects of the publishing business, as well as fairly in-depth look into whatever department you happen to be working in. While there is no avoiding the occasional menial task, interns are taken seriously and entrusted with important work. People here are generally friendly and upbeat, and always willing to take the time to talk to interns. By and large the more you put into the internship - being proactive about meeting people and getting work - the more you can get out of it.
    Many former interns get hired here, but getting a job seems to be largely a matter of timing - being available when something opens up.

    Cons

    Right now the atmosphere is slightly tense, with recent layoffs and the move to new offices. Everyone is doing their best to counteract the negative effects of the Amazon dispute, but it remains a source of some tension. Perhaps because everyone is preoccupied with such concerns, interns occasionally find themselves with nothing to do. These are minor complaints, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great internship program, keep it going!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's a good company that looks after it's people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    A lot of great talent and the products are some of the best in the industry. Also very organized and streamlined.

    Cons

    You can have difficult people and not many options for intervention. Folks with difficult personalities can be in managerial positions with no incentive to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a formal mediation option for employees so good willed efforts for bettering relationships is documented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people who really care about the authors

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting authors to work with, also very innovative marketing. Benefits are excellent. They offer a mentoring program for newbies entering the industry.

    Cons

    Very low salary and tough to move into other departments. Very understaffed and except a lot of overtime without compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    High Standards and

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great focus on delivering successful and high quality publications. Good Compensation. Strong HR department. Generous benefits. High Integrity.

    Cons

    Can be extremely political. Some execs are extreme micro managers. Some old school people need to clear out at the top so more progressive leadership can work it's way to all levels. Too much top secret info--overkill. Need to be more open innovative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have safe places to discuss issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    top heavy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Excellent products, smart and interesting colleagues, great benefits.

    Cons

    Seems like senior vice presidents with vague titles are being added every other week, but support staff for getting the work done is constantly being cut. More work than ever for fewer people. Sadistic managers, no help from HR with conflicts. The boss is always right. New offices will be open plan with no space to put our work-in-progress or - God forbid! - books. You are paid for a 35-hour week, but everyone I know regularly works much more than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect mid-level employees. They are probably as committed to the company as you are, and they get the work done. Avoid top-down edicts, whether policy changes or criticism of employees - your people are smart, talented, dedicated - give them a chance to express themselves and listen to them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company in transition--new CEO, changing market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Fantastic office culture (lots of outings, opportunities to know people in other departments, many opportunities to celebrate the books and authors we publish), great people (I love my coworkers!), the best books. I do appreciate that upper management is open to hearing feedback from all levels, even if change is slow to come. It does (and can) come with time. It can be difficult to advance within the company, but it's possible.

    Cons

    Very tight on headcount--leads to overworked staff, difficult work-life balance. Low salaries at mid and lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your valued employees are properly compensated according to industry standards. If headcount needs to be tights, then in some cases, standards need to be lowered, and less oversight is necessary. Give your employees more freedom/power to do their jobs well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Publishing House

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Love Summer Fridays
    Great company culture

    Cons

    Little growth potential
    Compensation for EAs and Assistant Editors is laughable for NYC living

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Closed Minded Leaders with Zero Creativity

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

    Pros

    The house still attracts great authors and illustrators.... for now. The adult imprints continue to impress me.

    Cons

    The three people in charge of LBYR are uninspired, micro-managers. They take credit for everything the staff below them does -- especially in public announcements - to a shameless extent. They overwork the staff and show little regard for innovative ideas. There is no strategy behind the organization of the list. The marketing department is continuously watered down and overhauled because management won't stop meddling in it. Editors aren't allowed to have private correspondence with agents - and they are leaving at an alarming rate. The reprint department is in absolute shambles. The meetings in general are uptight and unpleasant. Only two opinions matter... ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO of the company needs to take a serious look at the top three running the children's group. He clearly doesn't care how junior staff is suffering. Maybe he will care when our numbers start suffering... which has already started happening. It's an awful shame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with a relaxed atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, opportunity to learn and grow, great co-workers, and fun company functions when I was there. Overall, I think it was the best job I ever had

    Cons

    Pay was low and some senior managers / directors were a nightmare to work with. Sometimes it took for ever to get a raise. And there was some high turnover in some departments, but for the most part, people were in it for the long haul.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the most part, my tenure was frustrating due to a lack of managerial abilities

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The collegial atmosphere is the best part of HBG

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless about what employees really want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees tell you is important, not what you want to be important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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