Harlequin Enterprises Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Senior Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A positive company culture with a caring attitude toward employees. Equitable compensation and good benefits. Has encouraged professional development particularly in support of higher levels of management staff.

    Cons

    They've been bought out by Harper Collins within the last year which could have some impact on future opportunities and structure. It would seem likely that many of the marketing, editorial and senior management positions might be phased out of Toronto and into New York City.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out ways to broaden the publishing programs beyond romance and fiction for women which they have been trying to do for some time.


  2. MIS

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work atmosphere, attempts to change culture for the better.

    Cons

    Poor employee support from HR. Low salary according to industry standards.


  3. Great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting people, travel, job growth

    Cons

    None really, low starting pay for underlings

    Advice to Management

    none, very well managed


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  5. Stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

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

    Pros

    You can develop a good working relationship with authors who really appreciate editorial input.

    Cons

    Management has failed to adapt to a changing publishing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Follow Harper's lead.


  6. Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great culture, innovative

    Cons

    Culture is changing in Marketing

    Advice to Management

    Marketing Leadership from top level is required


  7. Great place if you want work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the most kind, dedicated and smart people in the business. Company really does strive to provide an atmosphere that's conducive to a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pay, while at industry standard, is quite low.

    Advice to Management

    Of all fifty employees, only a handful (3-5) are able to live in Manhattan. Please consider the cost of living here when calculating our salaries.


  8. Underwhelming

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you love romance it's obviously a great place to work. I enjoyed working with some truly passionate and dedicated authors.

    Cons

    Harlequin doesn't really foster innovative or creative thinking. The company has done business the same way for years and doesn't think it should change, even when it's not working. It's focused on its brand and not its authors.

    Advice to Management

    You can't maintain the same editorial process and expect that you'll get different results. Despite some good editors, the culture is fairly uninspiring and seems out-of-touch.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Slow pace, good lifestyle, no pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Non-stressful environment, access to commercial fiction

    Cons

    Painfully slow career advancement and pace

    Advice to Management

    Award and promote up and coming staff to retain talent


  10. Marketing Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Pickering, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of opportunity for growth. The company is very good to their employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they have been bought by a U.S. company and many people with more than 20 years of service were let go.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing work life balance. Little to no overtime. Fun people. Travel to NYC. Working at romance hq. And you get free books!

    Cons

    Management likes to promote people who talk a lot but don't do anything. Stuck in the past because so many people have been there for so long. Afraid to take chances. Rampant gossip and cliques

    Advice to Management

    Take more chances and stop trying to hide away from romance. Consider doing things differently to boost bottom line instead of always doing the same thing and expecting something different



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