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London, England (UK)
501 to 1000 employees
1998
Company - Private
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$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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Bonnier Publishing is the fastest-growing major publisher in the UK, with group sales of £128m. It has divisions in both Australia and the USA with 525 employees worldwide. It is ultimately owned by Bonnier Books, a top 15 world publisher with global sales ... Read more

Bonnier Publishing Reviews

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    Current Employee - Associate Publisher in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Bonnier Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    (from the perspective of an editor/writer)

    Working on books you can be proud of.

    Even the most junior employees are encouraged to present ideas for new books, brand partners, and systems improvement.

    Getting to take an idea all the way through from proposal to contracts to edit and design to print production. Awesome cross-training compared to companies where job functions are more rigid.

    If you come up with a way to do something better or differently, you'll have the support to try it out (within reason)

    Nice folks, all the way up to top management. I've seen the CEO and CFO personally drop everything to help fix a problem rather than delegating or ignoring it.

    While the pace can be very fast and the deadlines tight, you're part of a talented, supportive team. Even top executives will roll up their sleeves and hep your achieve your goal.

    Getting to work on really cool, interesting books.

    Cons

    New corporate structure means we're revising admin systems and workflow and rolling out new processes. It's all the the greater good, but can feel a little confusing at times.

    Deadlines are often very tight and budgets can be challenging to folks who've made a lateral move from advertising or tech.

    Advice to Management

    Document systems, create an ops manual, keep working (as we have been) towards planning to avoid deadline crunches.

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Bonnier Publishing Interviews

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    Associate Editor/Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bonnier Publishing (New York, NY) in January 2018.

    Interview

    Oh boy. I currently work at a top 5 publishing company—I applied for a job at Sizzle Press because the opportunity to build a licensing portfolio from the ground up sounded neat. I wasn’t thrilled with the books on their current list (in my opinion, they are several years off-trend) but everyone was kind, looking to expand rapidly, and it sounded like they had a solid business strategy.

    Everything was great until after my third interview. I was given an editorial test which was to create a licensing plan for Sizzle Press in under 48 hours. That was pretty aggressive, but I submitted my assignment anyway and felt great about it.

    That evening, I received an e-mail from the Publisher asking very targeted questions about existing licenses at my current place of employment. She asked if my licensing plan could “take real estate away” from these licenses and “secure retail space.” She asked how Sizzle could “differentiate” themselves from my company's licenses. This is wildly unethical. The licenses she called out were ones I currently work on. Disclosing any information regarding retail space and/or future plans would violate the NDA at my current employer and put me in jeopardy of losing my job. I replied kindly, thanked her for her enthusiasm, but told her that I currently was not in a position to discuss any specifics regarding those licenses. This was my last interaction with the publisher.

    After that, HR called two out of my three contacts. I assumed I was moving closer to getting the job, though frankly, I was beginning to see several red flags.

    However, I was wrong! I was told I was a bad fit for the job! (And dear lord, I agree.)

    This place is predatory, incredibly unprofessional, and doesn’t value their applicant’s time, nor their references’. Even without the weird, unethical questions, it's pretty telling that three interviews + an editorial assignment was not enough to make a decision--the publisher still pressed for more and more information. It feels like I was interviewed as a form of market research.

    Just run.

    Interview Questions

    • "Do you think this license could take real estate away from licenses that have already secured solid space in the nonfiction sector? I’m thinking of the REDACTED books that REDACTED publishes, as well as the REDACTED books that are in the marketplace. What do you think we’d need to do in order to differentiate our titles from these others?"   1 Answer
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