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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
70 Reviews
3.5
70 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers

    Pros

    Collaborative and hands on environment.

    Cons

    No cons really, lots of work but you learn a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair treatment, good people, and a commitment to excellent educational content.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Digital Solutions Specialist
    Current Employee - Digital Solutions Specialist

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Still focused on the teachers and the students first and foremost.

    Cons

    The salary structure is not consistent in the company, but I have found this at most publishers. No one really goes into educational publishing for the money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    learned alot , good direct communication to bosses

    Cons

    not friendly, everyone keeps to themselves

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Editorial Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers

    Pros

    Very independent work, stimulating, improves writing and reading skills immensely. Very kind employees, casual relaxed office feel, flexible.

    Cons

    Can be monotonous since you're almost only reading/writing. Not that much contact with other employees since most of your work is independent and done from your desk. No small tasks, only larger projects.

  6.  

    Great for starters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time (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
  7.  

    Fantastic place to start a career

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

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time (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
  8.  

    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.

  9. 2 people 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 (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
  10.  

    Overall - a good experience

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time (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
  11. 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.

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