HarperCollins Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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HarperCollins President and CEO Brian Murray
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23 Ratings

Pros
  • Free books, shortened summer Fridays (in 14 reviews)

  • This company had great benefits, we worked like a family (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management can be very difficult--decisions seem to be made based on the whims of a few people rather than logic (in 6 reviews)

  • If you're starting out as entry level, don't bother (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Senior Production Editor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HarperCollins

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

    Pros

    Steady, interesting projects with solid editors

    Cons

    Overworked, too many crash projects, planning could be better

    Advice to Management

    Pace the list to be more even in terms of releases


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to learn

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

    I worked at HarperCollins

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great place to learn on the job with a lot of different opportunities to be exposed to different types of projects and departments.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance, long-term trajectory didn't seem feasible, while benefits good, salaries meager for NYC living standards


  3. The new normal it is a job, not a career.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good medical plan if you need surgery or family planning.
    Decent 401K and match
    Some good mid managers like my boss
    If you like small spaces, uncomfortable quiet and the chance to do multiple jobs for one check then you should be happy here. A great place to build a resume. Learn Excel and other software. Some departments get to meet celebrities, if that is your thing than you might like marketing or publicity. You will get to attend lots of meetings, and even new people can participate. Lots of chances to learn organization and self-management.
    NYC
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Too few really good middle managers like my boss
    Tiny cubicles
    Human Resource department works solely for management
    Low salaries and sketchy job descriptions
    Lots of temps, consultants and freelancers
    Very little room for career growth for the majority of employees
    People worry from quarter to quarter if they will have a job
    Disjointed work flow with key departments stuck in NJ
    Machines replacing people making the remaining people work even harder...
    Squeezed into Ground Zero or shoved in South Brunswick
    Turnover is high


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  5. Marketing Director

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

    I have been working at HarperCollins

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

    Pros

    Great People, great values, great leadership

    Cons

    Separation with divisions old habits in publishing groups

    Advice to Management

    Help improve division collaboration


  6. Harper Collins Warehoise

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HarperCollins

    Pros

    This is the best warehouse place to work in Northeast PA
    Well paid and generous benefits (sickdays, 401K, vacation days)
    A lot of overtime at busy time and not mandatory

    Cons

    To bad they closed the distribution center and outsource the warehouse and distribution business to other company outside Pennsylvania.


  7. I work mostly as a crusher mechanic, but I also get the opportunity to work in every section of the company.

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

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You're treated with respect, given the opportunity to learn new things, and work over 40 hours almost all year.

    Cons

    We don't have the best communication process. You're expected to work, we're not one of those companies were you get paid for sitting on your hands.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way for our communication to be better. We need radios or something so we know we're maintenance guys are or when something goes down so we're there as fast as possible or when someone's getting parts nearby.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HarperCollins

    Pros

    Excellent resources, fun environment.

    Cons

    Lowest pay in New York. Most employees have to take on a part-time job in addition to working here.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Publicist

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great authors and great coworkers

    Cons

    Salaries are very far below NYC living standards


  10. Helpful (2)

    Toxic

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some creativity, liked my colleagues, steady paycheck

    Cons

    toxic work environment, everyone out for themselves, my direct boss was a horrible manager


  11. Helpful (2)

    Editorial

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    • 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 HarperCollins full-time

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, 401k, free books

    Cons

    The work "toxic" that keeps appearing is dead on. Everyone is (rightfullty) afraid for their job and constantly trying to look better than their neighbors. The atmosphere is very catty and people can be rude, abusive,even violent, without so much as a reprimand. Pay is terrible, worse than other houses, work is endless, and unless you work for the right person, this is very much a dead-end job. Not a day went by without high stress and constant frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the horrible people at the company! And pay your employees a fair wage!



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