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  1.  

    Great company in transition--new CEO, changing market

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    • 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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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  5. 6 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

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

    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
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7. 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
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Relaxed corporate culture, dedicated staff.

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance programs. Friendly colleagues. Good product.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities to management

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Hachette Book Group as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very welcoming and friendly environment.
    You can take free books home.
    A very thorough and well thought out program for interns that really helps give you great insight on the industry and the various departments.
    You truly learn a lot about the industry.
    You never know who you will run into.

    Cons

    As an intern, I didn't really find anything to complain about. Maybe it can depend on which department you're working in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    You know what rolls downhill...

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues--attracts the best talent! Great benefits-- I'll stay a while to keep them. The management supports doing your work well and will never encourage cutting corners or being lazy-- in my case, that I can edit my heart out. Lovely books. Great place to be if you're upper management.

    Cons

    Managers are out of touch with what their employees do, so are surprised when employees are over-worked. Work-life balance is poor; 20% of my division works to or past 9pm at least once a week. Though raises happen every year, they're are minimal even with a promotion until you get an offer from another house; then you're worth quite a bit more to them. Senior management is paid very well, and are happy up there, so they have a hard time believing how poor morale is in the rest of the company. They don't take suggestions for improving things, and tend to place the blame back on the lower-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This used to be a great company, but now morale is lower than I've seen it in all my years here and I see us losing talent, both employees and authors. Listen to employees, create an environment where they can speak to upper management freely without fear of reprisal; try to make a more egalitarian workplace that values the voices even from the bottom. If you work with your employees rather than separate yourselves from them, this could be a best-in-class company once again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Overall, a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting and stimulating projects/work, fun atmosphere and many company events, good perks (free books!) and benefits including 401k matching, charitable donation matching, a decent amount of vacation time, and a good health plan

    Cons

    Some departments have good managers and lots of growth opportunities, but some unlucky departments have the opposite. Wages are on the low end, even for publishing. Work can be either very slow or very stressful—there is no in-between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so comfortable with the status quo—take seriously the concerns of your employees, not just the ones in senior management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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