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Harvard Business School Publishing Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Colleagues

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Business School Publishing

    Pros

    Really nice, smart people. Very collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Watertown is really not a great location. Difficult to get to from public transit.

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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Business School Publishing as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice people, free books

    Cons

    Company is behind on the times and slow to develop in a digital age.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A smart and respectful workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Office culture is good, collegial and respectful, though heavy on meetings. Work-life balance is good as well: not expected to work excessive hours. People are understanding if you have doctor's appointments, sick kids, etc.

    Cons

    Not too many, although people tend to stay here a long time, so career advancement can be slow as there is not a lot of churn. This could be seen as a plus, however. The IT department is poorly organized and chronically short staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time stabilizing the IT department. There is far too much use of contractors in lieu of full time employees. It is not an ethical practice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contract Role with HBR

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Many 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Supportive but Hectic

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    Former Employee - Technical in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Technical in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Product 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 ManagementAdvice

    Review 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Smart, passionate co-workers; growing organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

    Seem to be consultants helping in many departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship program needs work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The interns are assigned limited to no actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free 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.

    Cons

    Not 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,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great experience and atmosphere

    Former Employee - Marketing Intern
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    a little boring at times

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, confusing management and culture

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    Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some 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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Organic 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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