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Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    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.


  2. Colleagues are a wonderful and the size of the company is perfect, excellent benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible hours, good colleagues

    Cons

    Upper level management can be slow

    Advice to Management

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


  3. Helpful (3)

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

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. OK place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Warm, inviting, family like culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. A great publishing house! The best publishing house in NYC.

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits! The best publishing house in NYC.

    Cons

    Publishing doesn't pay well enough


  8. Great company

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fantastic vacation, good 401k

    Cons

    Comunication between departments leaves something to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Grow talent


  9. Helpful (1)

    I am very satisfied here and always look forward to coming to work; no two days are the same.

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is always a great fostering of a team/family mentality. The company offers many opportunities for coworkers from different departments to come together and get to know one another, for instance an annual company picnic, pool tournaments, and softball and volleyball teams. The vacation and benefits package are great and give employees plenty of opportunity to refresh themselves to be even better workers and not burn out. Coworkers are great, and the majority are supportive and eager to help.

    Cons

    Often, there are issues communicating with other departments because one doesn't really understand what the other does and what they need to accomplish their tasks. Sometimes upper management's goals are implemented without much discussion with the people who will actually be responsible for making them happen.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way for departments that work closely on a regular basis to come to a better understanding of each other's needs so that each can be productive. Fully understand what all your employees are capable of doing and how much they are capable of handling; communicate with everyone on every level.


  10. It's a dead end; my exceptional work is under-recognized, under-appreciated, and under-rewarded.

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package; very central location; a few of the books and authors are interesting; most colleagues are polite, and only a few are obnoxious.

    Cons

    Mediocre talent and skill among the colleagues, especially many of the managers, who either don't recognize talent among the staff or are threatened by it. Either way, it's extremely unlikely that you'll advance, unless you work in the Editorial Dept., and even then it will probably take many years unless you're a publisher's favorite. Rave performance reviews mean nothing; they do not translate into advancement or significant raises. There are not enough offices as opposed to cubicles. Some of the infrastructure, like shipping and printing/faxing facilities and practices are poorly designed and malfunction often.

    Advice to Management

    Think initiatives through before enacting revolutionary changes. Upper management generally goes off half cocked and leaves the staff to scramble to clean up the messes they create. Managers should also be less business-conventional in their thinking and less like caricatures from a sitcom. More common sense would be very welcome.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Horrible. Employees are Mistreated by both Management and their peers. This is not a good place to be.

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free books, Good Coffee and great IT Support

    Cons

    Management is Unfair and Arrogant. HR is absolutely clueless. They swear that this is a great place to work, when in truth, it is the least popular publisher to be employed with. the hours are long, the employees are very unhappy. Mostly because the management is unfair and there are limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Put more stock into the abilities of your employees and try your best to get their feedback and really listen to it. Not everyone is perfect.



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