Hachette Book Group

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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
49 Reviews
3.3
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    Current Employee - Publicity Manager
    Current Employee - Publicity Manager

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, offers flexible work environment, positive employees

    Cons

    Slow to promote, little-to-know training for upper management, top-heavy

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the '90s

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    Former Employee - Lead  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Lead in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing ever changes, which can be good if you like that kind of thing. Some overtime available depending on what shift you work. If you're just general labor, there isn't much stress involved. Cheap healthcare, decent benefits.

    Cons

    You get promoted by staying with the company. Even if you are a complete failure, in 10-15 years you will be running a department, and, once there, you will never be demoted or terminated. There are a ton of salaried individuals who do not belong in the positions they hold. Supervisors will guard their knowledge as if their lives depended on it, so don't expect anyone to take you under their wing and teach you about the company. Leads have no responsibility and are not trusted to do anything but watch temps pretend to work. Everything is done a certain way "because that's the way it's been done for 17 years". New ideas are shot down. You will never move up the ladder. Depressing place to work. Typical $10-11 per hour warehouse job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't even know where to begin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice and super friendly

    Cons

    Things move a bit slowly here. Projects get killed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Colleagues are a wonderful and the size of the company is perfect, excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible hours, good colleagues

    Cons

    Upper level management can be slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you get paid 50% more than your staff, ask yourself if you provide 50% more value to the company than your staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people mostly...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group

    Pros

    Colleagues passionate about publishing, meet interesting people, authors.
    Good benefits and overall fun and good place to work

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Even with extensive performance reviews, not many seem to advance.
    middle staff not always appreciated for the time and effort they put into work.
    Some managers not good at managing other people and efficency falls through the cracks.

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    Wonderful company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company was fun with a lot of people who were passionate about the work they were doing.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to advance leading to stagnant work conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To generate interest and better work conditions, be more open to ideas and adaptable to the changing technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Best Intern Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great program for interns that allows them to learn about all the different departments and positions at the company. Forms an overall picture of how publishing works. Office staff is very warm and helpful towards interns, willing to meet and have conversations.

    Cons

    Lots of interns every summer so arguably lots of competition to really stand out (but doesn't it work like that everywhere?). Also intern work is not the best (a lot of mailing or data entry, for example), but that's also how being an intern works, and the people who have real positions have to do those things too.

    Recommends
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends on where you work - it's either a dream come true or a nightmare

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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

    Pros

    It matters where you work - if you are with LB, FaithWords or Orbit/Yen, you're in a good place. The teams have a strong senior management team in place.

    Cons

    If you're in GCP or LBYR, good luck to you. Mismanaged, no strategic direction, a mess. Routinely would see people in tears in their cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO is incoming, it should make a difference. But applying the same standards throughout the 5 divisions would certainly help. LB shouldn't be run that differently from LBYR and GCP, but it is. It's functional, the other groups are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Pretty stable job. The warehouse has never had a layoff. The warehouse does a pretty good job at keeping the temperature down in the summer.

    Cons

    Lower end of the pay scale, job growth potential is very low. Management doesn't relate or try to relate to the floor workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warm, inviting, family like culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The People!! Lots of tenure at HBG and plenty of friendly faces. The Boston office was around 200 employees while I was there but it never felt like it.

    Books!! Its not a requirement, but most people that work for HBG have a strong passion for publishing and books in one capacity or another. Since I left there my bookshelves have sadly dimished, haha. Authors would occasionally come into the Boston office - always fun!

    Benefits!! The company provides great benefit packages for their employees to choose from. Everything from the typical medical, dental, vision, 401k to other programs like backup childcare, matching gift donations to non profits/charities and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Compensation - Publishing in general pays at the lower end of compensation. Although they try to make up for this in other benefits and ways it can be hard to not be disappointed.

    Career Development - The companie tries to offer career development opportunites whenever possible for internal employees, however since it is a relatively small company and many people stay for a long time (15-20-25+ yrs tenure!) movement is slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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