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Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Great company

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Well treated, well compensated, great people.

    Cons

    Very long commute for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the direction you are going.

  2. Helpful (1)

    No room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, most of the people were nice, free parking. If you want to sound impressive to people as to where you work this place has a great title.

    Cons

    -Once you take a position here, it's likely you will never move on to anything else. The company does not seem to believe in promoting from within. The salary raises/increases are not great either.

    -This place seem to be like one big giant clique. It often felt like high school. If you were liked I guess that's a good thing, but if you were not one of the 'cool' kids then you often felt left out. It seemed very unprofessional.

    - People have been there a LONG time even if they aren't satisfied with their job. A few people who were in their 30's/40's said they hoped to retire here. That's not really how the world works today if you want to have a fresh organization with new ideas.

    HR is not very helpful, any manager I had was not particularly helpful when i asked questions about wanting to get more experience and grow my career

  3. Helpful (5)

    Don't Let the Harvard Name Fool You

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    • Senior Management
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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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Exposure to different products/groups
    Great place to build resume/gain experience

    Cons

    Incoherent Management
    HR has obvious contempt for employees
    HR can't be trusted
    This is the 'Z' team of Harvard. Lots of under-qualified and overall stupid people work here.
    Stretched thin due to massive amounts of work and overall employee shortages
    Far too many contractors, which fosters high turnover rate and confusion.

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  5. Helpful (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.

  6. Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Watertown, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Watertown, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice people, free books

    Cons

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    A smart and respectful workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Contract Role with HBR

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Supportive but Hectic

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Smart, passionate co-workers; growing organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Internship program needs work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Harvard Business School Publishing as an intern

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.

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