Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Free books, nice coworkers, interesting projects, good benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overall fun and good place to work (in 6 reviews)

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

  • HBG is a lot of chiefs and not enough Indians, all upper management and little to no mid level or lower level employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Computer operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company use to have up to 5 weeks earned vacation. 10 paid holidays a great benefit plan

    Cons

    Went to off shore and let go over 100 employees. Had to train off shore replacements while change took place

    Advice to Management

    Retrain help you already have that has been with the company over 15 years


  2. Never been promoted once

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with will be some of the best. The people you work FOR are completely out of touch.

    Cons

    No room for growth, continued outside hiring, no promotions for loyal and excellent employees.


  3. Things have gone downhill fast, and don't seem to be improving.

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    Former Employee - Publicity Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity Department in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people in the trenches are hard-working, competent, intelligent, and lovely people. Your co-workers are likely as passionate about books as you are, and in my experience, are always willing to lend a hand when necessary. You get a week off between Christmas and New Year's, which is nice. There's beer and pizza every now and then.

    Cons

    Upper management has completely lost touch with their worker base. There's a very clear "us vs. them" mentality in place. Before I left, layoffs had completely changed the feel of the company, decimating morale, and management made no attempt to fix issues or assure remaining employees that their jobs were secure. Workloads increased exponentially with little support beyond same-level coworkers (who ALSO had more on their plate). I wasn't the first to leave, and I'm not the last. It seems like people are fleeing the company at an alarming rate, and ridiculous hiring freezes and the complete lack of promotions have done little to give current workers any reason to stay. CEO Michael Pietsch seems to have no idea what his employees are forced to put up with on a daily basis, or even worse, doesn't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Show your workers that you value them. More attention is given to agents than to the men and women that actually make these books possible. Adding more responsibilities to already overworked employees is NOT an example of simplifying workloads. When people have remained in the same position for years, telling them "we can't promote at this time" is NOT acceptable. People will rise to the challenge when things get tough, but when a toxic work environment becomes the norm, don't be surprised that people are jumping ship. A CEO with actual business experience might be a good idea. It was wonderful to hear that a storied editor was taking over the company ("He's one of us! He gets it!"), but it's time to consider this a failed experiment before the company bleeds out completely.


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  5. Transition phase

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is collaborative and the people are great. Benefits are cheaper than most companies

    Cons

    Zero movement. Zero promotions. Executives keep hiring from outside. CIO left, SVP of sales left both jobs unfilled. Wasteful spending on advertising and still not embracing Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    The executives should rely upon the people that are there and believe in the company and the product instead of continually hiring from the outside.


  6. Nice place to work...if you're female

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Lots of really nice people there.

    Cons

    Can feel like you're in a sorority house. Diversity is way off.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify


  7. Adrift

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Some pretty good people here. But, most of them are leaving. Free books. Summer hours.

    Cons

    Lack of vision Lack of leadership Salaries are very low Morale is even lower Unable to adapt. Especially in the arena of technology and Ebooks. Unable to attract real talent Hierarchical and bureaucratic Political atmosphere Boring, even cynical, products. Publishing nothing of value: chasing trends a la Fifty Shades they think will sell.


  8. Former Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, well known authors,

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, unbalanced corporate structure, low pay, no real growth opportunity, low pay, no team bonding, Younger/entry-level employees/interns not incorporated, low pay, and low pay,

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending resources and revenue on other projects, try investing in new technology and data systems. Be innovative, it's the only way to keep growth up


  9. Production

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    The staff can be very friendly, perks are OK, workers are frustrated but always looking for better ways to work.

    Cons

    The pay is low, moral is low, management very disorganized and do not appreciate staff, lots of bureaucracy and meetings that waste time.

    Advice to Management

    Implement better work flow, utilize and recognize the strength of your staff, good food at lunch does not compensate for a negative environment.


  10. Overall good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Loads of talented, hardworking entry and mid level staff.

    Cons

    Talented staff will leave soon if departments remain so thinly staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees more appreciation.


  11. Finance director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very good, talented and dedicated people work there. Most of the workers are very collegial and are aware of the difficulties of successful publishing

    Cons

    Management has steadily eroded any of the capital it made with its employees with a series of morale crushing decisions

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of the sand and listen to your employees. They are the people in the day to day trenches. Picnics and "natural light" do not make for the oppressive yokes you know employ as management tools.



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