Hachette Book Group

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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
50 Reviews
3.4
50 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They go above an beyond to generally make you happy

    Cons

    Not many options if you find yourself in difficult situations with senior management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rough Waters, Leaking Ship

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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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Employees are personable and friendly. A large amount of vacation. The week between Christmas and New Years off. Summer Hours.

    Cons

    Hachette is going through major transitions currently (2013/2014). Leadership seems to be lacking during these rough times and the company doesn't seem to be able to keep/value talented employees any longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not that great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group

    Pros

    Good benefits; yoga at work.

    Cons

    Almost zero management and the atmosphere is very political. However, that is common in many places. What I found intolerable was that for a company with so many huge authors and brands, it is very backwards when it comes to digital culture, promotion, ebooks, and well, the 21st Century, in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some new blood.

  6. 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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  7.  

    Great people who really care about the authors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Standards and

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  9. 2 people 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

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

    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
  10.  

    Great company in transition--new CEO, changing market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    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
  11.  

    Great Publishing House

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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