Harvard Business School Publishing
2.8 of 5 24 reviews
www.harvardbusiness.org Watertown, MA 150 to 499 Employees

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    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsFriendly creative environment with a flat hierarchy making people at all levels very accessible. People are outgoing and eager to introduce themselves to the new face in the hallways. People work hard but also have fun while while doing it. It is a great environment for self starters who can identify the next steps and are able to run with them. People are always happy to help and will support others ideas. With so many really bright people in one place it was easy a few people together to solve problems the out outcomes were much better then the sum of their parts.

    ConsVery slow at making hiring decisions leaving positions open for months putting extra pressure on the remaining team members. Having published so many books on long term strategy there is a surprising focus on short term results.

    With so many creative people it was easy to come up with new ideas but sometimes hard to get things completed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany people are experts at what whey do but have no back up for the different task. The down side is when they are not available no one else can answer questions this adds delays to projects and becomes a real challenge to train others in 2 weeks when people leave.

    Work on improving communication and alignment between departments to reduce friction and opposite priorities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Supportive but Hectic

    Technical (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsGreat camaraderie and team building are core values at HBP. Leaving this organization felt like moving away from home. Despite being advanced in my career, I built many new lifelong professional and personal relationships.

    ConsProduct delivery demands are very high and the workload is not in keeping with the compensation. Despite having excellent direct and fringe benefits, the total comp including base salary was disappointing year after year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview base salary offerings and seriously reconsider the practice of re-occuring temporary engagements. If a contracter is with the organization more than 2 years, they should not continue to be strung along in 3 month increments.

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    Smart, passionate co-workers; growing organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart, talented co-workers; collaborative environment. Business was growing and exceeding their annual goals. The organization communicated updates, provided multi-speaker presentations (and free pizza) every several months for all employees, and regularly posted news on their intranet. Attractive benefits with bonus and retirement. Great place for people who are flexible and willing to handle variety of responsibilities. Observed several promotions.

    ConsSeem to be consultants helping in many departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure more of the consultant roles into employee positions. (Heard that yes, some were hired full time.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Internship program needs work

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    ProsEveryone is friendly and it will be a decent place to be if this is your first internship.

    ConsThe interns are assigned limited to no actual work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider lowering the amount of interns you take from about 20 to around 10 (maybe even less). This way you can actually focus on giving these interns attention and real training or work experience instead of just an introduction to the industry.

    This internship program needs a ton of work. Some of the internship position seemed to be there just so you could say the position existed. The pay is ok but once you change the program to be more involved you should consider raising it. Please pay more attention to who actually has time to train an intern and has real work for them to do. I had a total of three weeks of "work" during my ten week internship and was pretty disappointed with how much free time I had. I tried to search for more assignments but wasn't given anything that took more than hour or challenged me at all.

    If you are looking here for your first internship it will be a better experience than I had. You will at least get some exposure to a corporate environment and the people will be friendly.

    Again, please make sure you have real work to assign the interns or will at least train them to do real work so they can get something constructive out of the internship and stay busy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a very comfortable but could get old in 1.5 year

    Technical Support (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsFree starbucks coffee, wonderful health and medical benefits, great work-life balance.
    Better treatment than most technical support/customer service job than other industry.
    We usually get a customer service/technical support banquet once a year. Every month we celebrate birthday cake.

    ConsNot much career advancement. Seems to be a lot of contract work in other departments.
    Hours are fixed. However, management will accommodate if you have any medical appointments,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience and atmosphere

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee)

    Proswell-structured intern program with great people and atmosphere in a successful company

    Consa little boring at times

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    Nice people, confusing management and culture

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsSome of the highlights:

    * Overall, nice and very talented individuals, editorial team very strong
    * Good access to resources, get to work with top-tier vendors/consultants on more important projects
    * Decent amount of resources available for projects
    * Good training for future dealing with complex organizations
    * Being associated with brand is very helpful for post HBSP career

    ConsThis has been covered before, but there seems to be a disconnect in terms of overall leadership of company.

    * "Consensus-driven" approach where it seemed like middle management has no oversight by senior management or accountability in actually making decisions; affects individual performers get their job done who have to fight their way to get things accomplished.
    * Hard to blame individual leaders (strong likeability as individuals), but something in culture (silos?) keeps concrete directives from being made to resolve interdepartmental conflicts. To be fair, this could be part of greater Harvard culture seeping into HBSP.
    * Covered before, in certain departments idea of advancement, education, mentorship seemed like a non-topic ("too busy")
    * Internal processes can be inconsistent, some seem to be heavily documented yet not grounded in reality of changing projects or just non-applicable due to non-communication between stakeholders
    * Technology groups were often highly dysfunctional (difficult to call balls and strikes between shared resources IT and business unit groups, to be fair, this showed improvement).

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganic decision making and process change is sometimes the right way to go, but that doesn't mean sometimes a hard decision doesn't need to be made top-down to call the balls and strikes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good group of people with a great brand but no real executive vision and limited internal opportunities

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsGood people, fantastic brand, access to top thinkers in management, reasonable compensation

    ConsNo real vision or direction from executive leadership, lots of internal silos

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, toxic environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsWork with intelligent people and interesting content. Competitive salaries and good benefits.

    ConsPromotion opportunities are hard to come by. Department was badly managed and suffered low morale. In short, managers don't practice what they preach.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead what the company publishes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Serious lack of leadership and finances limits this organization's growth and impact

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsCaptive to Harvard Business School; access to HBS faculty research and case studies.

    ConsA relative backwater at the school; can't raise outside funding; parochial view; location in Watertown unexceptional; little room for advancement; does not attract top leadership or management talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up! The world of online education is passing you by.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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