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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
66 Reviews
3.4
66 Reviews
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Macmillan Publishers CEO Annette Thomas
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Inclusiveness Openness Intellectual Smart Innovative - work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Company has good benefits like summer hours, work from home, flexible hours (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor pay, incompetent and ignorant leadership, decision making based on covering leaderships mistakes and not what's best for the company (in 3 reviews)

  • Low Pay, Doesn't guarantee further employment (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great for starters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are standard . Summer hours depend on your department.

    Cons

    Office culture and dressing code are weird. Office space . Dirty toilets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be more pleasant to work with an office dress casual crowd than with some Facebook wannabees who wear sloppy gas station jeans.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Fantastic place to start a career

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

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As a young woman beginning her career out of college, Macmillan offered a fantastic environment in which to learn and grow. Supportive bosses, upper management, and colleagues. Very collegial atmosphere overall.

    Cons

    Very low starting salaries, even for publishing. Bonuses for junior employees are low or non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team, supportive of young editors and staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Company has good benefits like summer hours, work from home, flexible hours. Company had good work life balance

    Cons

    Management does not always listen to ideas or changes. tends to value consultant ideas over employees ideas.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company to start at with little to recommend it long-term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very smart, modern attitude toward start-ups in the higher education science/publishing field. This, combined with Macmillan's recent company vision reorganization, created an environment with vast potential for the future. The working hours were flexible and there was a good attitude toward working remotely. The benefits were very generous and the cost to the employees was minimal. The corporate office provided for some fun company outings and events throughout the year. Free coffee is always a plus.

    Cons

    The new vision centered on bringing all companies under the corporate umbrella together to work in the spirit of collaboration in order to bring out their full potential and create a strong force in the market. After their large-scale reorganization in 2013 this vision was (sadly) quickly scaled back. The goal of encouraging projects and programs to have multiple directions was cut down to a "just pick one" mentality. Some of the start-ups were not willing to collaborate and share with others which weakened that branch of the company. Also, having worked in an office with multiple separate small companies, everyone was very compartmentalized and rarely left their own areas. Advancement opportunities were elusive or nonexistent and training/education opportunities were almost exclusive to the New York and London offices. There were no on-site IT staff in the office which meant that all requests had to go to IT staff in New York where they would be quietly ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There would have to be senior management in the first place in order to give them advice. Lower level managers were spectacular and genuinely had the best interests of the employees at heart. Despite the unanimous sentiment that managerial oversight was necessary no general manager was ever hired. The executives assigned as interim general managers quickly let that duty fall by the wayside in favor of their already hefty responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall - a good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Marketing Director

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Hardworking, friendly people throughout the various imprints. Provides training to existing staff to keep up with the digital revolution. Decent bonuses when profits are up.

    Cons

    Salaries are among the lowest in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries, fix the bathrooms, and update meeting room furniture and AV equipment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Book publisher struggling to produce digital products and technology

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers

    Pros

    I've worked with great people over the years. They provide decent benefits. The industry, while changing in a way that challenges publishers like Macmillan, is an exciting one.

    Cons

    Very top-down approach to running things. Because of the structure of the whole Macmillan company, the technology group is very separate from the rest of the business, and has historically performed very poorly. Salary is not great and has been stagnant (1.5% raises the last several years)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match expectations and rhetoric with the reality that everyone sees.

  8.  

    Publisher's sale representative

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    Former Employee - sales rep  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - sales rep in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture is second to none. Understanding manager that want to coach/ mentor their reps. Supportive team environment.

    Cons

    Technology issues but that is it. Nothing else negative to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get up the good work! The managers at my current employer could learn a lot from you.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great second or third internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Thrown directly into real work, not merely filing or mailing (though that is a part of the job.)
    Very friendly staff — if you can get them to spare a few minutes to chat (somewhat difficult, as everyone is usually very busy).
    Opportunities to go to 'book fairs' and parties, and my editors took me out for lunch a few times
    Paid internship at above the minimum wage! In publishing, no less!

    Cons

    No real training or education on industry trends.
    You can't directly apply to particular imprints through the internship application, and you may not like/feel passionate about the job you get selected to interview for. (That said, if you know someone, you can bypass the corporate application process and submit your resume/cover letter directly; if you work for a semester with Macmillan, your editor will likely be willing to put you in touch with an editor in the department in which you'd like to work.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little more time tutoring interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Restructure was necessary but same bad leadership survived

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    Current Employee - An Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - An Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, nice neighborhood good health benefits. Flexible vacation time.

    Cons

    Poor pay, incompetent and ignorant leadership, decision making based on covering leaderships mistakes and not what's best for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't drag things out, business is business and if you come to your decisions quickly and in a clean manner people will not care if you "could have done it better". Instead you foster a false sense of hope that people will survive (though non-communication, fake rhetoric or repeating coined terms) which makes layoffs even worse. Anyone who can read a business book could run a company but only the smart ones earn respect. All of you have lost respect from the entire company but they will never tell you the truth to your faces. The ones you kept in upper management are just as unproven as the ones you let go. If you really want to do well, you should make a better effort to really understand what your customers want and not what your hired goons tell you is good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Continuous Layoffs at Macmillan

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

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    NYC office is in a great location.

    Cons

    You won't be there forever. Macmillan's sales force (which control the direction of the company) WANT to sell paper books (not internet based learning tools for a modern world). They do not care about the students (their customers).

    I know it sounds like I'm bitching - but Macmillan's market share is down to 5%. Hopefully they'll turn this around - but it may already be too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care, or don't, none of us (you included) will be there long enough to help this company turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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