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Macmillan Publishers Overview

Headquarters New York, NY
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Macmillan is a group of media companies in the United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, based in Stuttgart, Germany, which publishes a wide range of books, magazines, and digital products for the consumer and education markets. Our American publishers based in ... More

Macmillan Publishers – Why Work For Us?


Macmillan Publishers, a distinctive group of publishing companies, has a rich history in the book industry. Our companies publish a broad range of quality works—including award-winning fiction and nonfiction, and inspired and much-loved children’s books. A forward-looking company, we’re dedicated to making our books available in whatever format our readers prefer, and we foster reader discussion through innovative community websites. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.

Macmillan Publishers is a global trade publishing company, owned by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, with imprints in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and around the world.


Our U.S. publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Macmillan Publishers is based in New York City, with many of our publishers located in the historic Flatiron Building.

Founded by Macmillan in London in 1952, St. Martin's Press has grown to become one of the preeminent publishers in the United States. From their home in the Flatiron Building in New York, St. Martin’s Press publishes under four imprints: St. Martin’s Press, Griffin, Minotaur, and Thomas Dunne Books. What defines St. Martin’s most is its ability to establish best-selling authors across a broad range of categories, from commercial women’s fiction and literary fiction to romance and young adult, to its strength in nonfiction such as military, business, science, politics, and many other categories. St. Martin’s authors include Emily Giffin, Jackie Collins, Jeffrey Archer, Louise Penny, Augusten Burroughs, Kristin Hannah, Dr. Ian Smith, Iris Johansen, Lisa Scottoline, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tatjana Soli, Gail Tsukiyama, Alan Brennert, Daisy Goodwin, Tatiana de Rosnay, P.C. Cast, Howard Wasdin, Alyson Noël, Amanda Hocking, John Hart, Stephen Coonts, and Olen Steinhauer. St. Martin’s heritage includes authors such as Robert Ludlum, James Herriot, Rosamunde Pilcher, Dan Brown, Thomas Harris, and Janet Evanovich, among many others.


At Macmillan, Sustainability Is More Than an Aspiration.  It’s Part of Our Mission.

At Macmillan, we take great pride in the work we do. We view our role not only as a corporate contributor, but also as a global citizen. We strongly believe that finding a sustainable future is necessary not only in our business, but also for our world. Because of this, we have committed to addressing sustainability in the most serious way.

Corporate Sustainability as Mission at Macmillan

In 2009, corporate sustainability became part of the very mission of Macmillan. Not just as a press release, not just around the edges, but woven into the very fabric of our company. As part of this effort, we decided to focus on CO2 emissions as our most pressing issue, with a goal of a 65 percent reduction in our carbon footprint (over our 2009 baseline) by the end of the current decade in 2020. If you do not share our conviction in the likelihood of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions leading to a climate crisis—because it is not an absolutely proven fact—perhaps you might agree that the consequences of its being ultimately proven true are so dire that it is more prudent to take preventative action now rather than past the point where a catastrophic situation is beyond remedial action.

As Publishers, We Know We Have Certain Responsibilities to Society

First, we took a year to conduct a comprehensive investigation of our practices and to determine our carbon footprint. Next, we established employee-led committees to look at all aspects of our business and to make ongoing recommendations on how we can reduce CO2 emissions.

The biggest area of environmental impact for a book publisher remains paper consumption. Paper combined with transportation, printing and distribution of books accounts for over 80 percent of Macmillan’s carbon footprint. Because of this, our initial effort has been dedicated to looking at every possible way we can reduce the carbon emissions resulting from our paper usage.

Making Great Strides

We have made great strides in becoming more efficient in our paper consumption and rigorously well informed regarding our purchasing decisions. This dedication has been rewarded with a significant decline in our scope emissions from our paper usage by 25% over each of the past two years.  Said another way, we have reduced the CO2 intensity per ton of purchased paper required to print our books by 44% over our 2009 baseline.

Looking Ahead

Even with this early success, we are still at the very beginning of following through on our commitment. Macmillan’s sustainability effort now covers every aspect of our working day, processes, and all the steps required to publish, print and sell books—everything our companies can control or influence in their relationship with employees, vendors, authors, stores and readers.

Sustainability has become part of our everyday discussion and a key factor in our business decisions. It is as important as our company growth, as important as our profitability. It may be even more important. All companies will need to address sustainability issues sooner rather than later if they hope to stay in business.  It’s more than ‘doing well by doing good’; it’s the basic allegiance that any global citizen should pledge.

“Let us be a company that leads instead of follows.” –John Sargent

Our Macmillan academic website presents trade books suitable for classroom use published by Macmillan Publishers and its companies and imprints including: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, Hill & Wang, North Point Press, Faber & Faber, Henry Holt, Metropolitan Books, Times Books, Picador, St. Martin's Press Trade, St. Martin's Griffin, and Tor/Forge. Also available are selected titles from our distributed publishers, including Bloomsbury, Walker & Company, Graywolf Press, Watson-Guptill, and Rodale.

In addition to being able to browse our catalog of approximately 3,000 titles by discipline, educators can use the site to obtain desk and examination copy ordering information, access teacher's guides, and sign up for email newsletters in their respective disciplines.

Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher, serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world.


The Library Marketing team coordinates the library marketing activities of the group's adult publishers, which include St. Martin's Press; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Henry Holt; Tor/Forge; Picador; and Macmillan Audio.

Palgrave Macmillan publishes print and electronic library resources including journals, monographs, professional, and acclaimed reference works such as The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Statesman’s Yearbook.

Macmillan Publishers Reviews

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    Intelligent and dedicated people who enjoy their work.


    They don't always have the right people in the right jobs. Also, there is too much compartmentalization of roles. Some roles could be combined.

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    Need to recognize true talent. Personality is important, but sometimes someone else may actually be better qualified and a better fit.

Macmillan Publishers Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Macmillan Publishers.


    I applied online through the company website and was called for an interview about a month later. When they called, I was asked to come in the very next day. I went in and waited for my interview. When it was time, we did the interview and it lasted over an hour, but felt very short. The tone was conversational but with the interview in mind the whole time

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    • - If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 newspapers/magazines would you bring? -How/where do you get your news? -Name a situation when there was a crisis and things got "off track" and you dealt/fixed it.   Answer Question

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