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Updated February 23, 2017
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Bloomsbury Executive Director; President, Bloomsbury USA Richard Charkin
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  1. "Loved Bloomsbury"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company with great people.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow.


  2. "Good company in a declining industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomsbury full-time

    Pros

    Good company with headquarters in UK and a growing office in NYC. Improved coherence after a wave of company acquisitions. Good processes in place and nice work environment.

    Cons

    Issues are consistent with other parts of book publishing: declining sales leads to added pressure to the bottom line. More is expected year over year with fewer resources and diminishing returns. People are nice but not much culture.


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    "great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, If your interested in publishing getting an internship here is amazing. I got to see what goes in to getting books to print. As well as some of the marketing behind it. I would definitely recommend interning at bloomsbury.

    Cons

    i didn't really have any complaints while interning here. other then wishing it was a little longer. But still a very great experience.


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  5. "Great books, challenging organizational structure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloomsbury (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close-knit community, great HR Manager. Quarterly meetings to discuss company performance and celebrate employee accomplishments. Open floor plan encouraged employee collaboration.

    Cons

    Significant layoffs and changes in leadership during tenure there. Not much opportunity to grow. Outside of quarterly all company meetings, not much useful information disseminated to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Wish more of the upper level staff were willing to grow and mentor entry level staff.


  6. "Great place to start, but not enough for growth."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomsbury full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's a real sense of teamwork and collaboration, due to the dedicated staff. Implementing changes is also relatively easy because the company (in the U.S.) is on the smaller side. It's a great place to start and learn about publishing.

    Cons

    The size of the company makes it difficult to grow. Not easy to take time off because it is understaffed. Compensation does not match those of its competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees. Make them happy and the company will prosper.


  7. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomsbury full-time

    Pros

    Working in publishing was a noble pursuit.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow due to the size of the company.


  8. "Growing company still finding its feet"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomsbury full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented colleagues. Sense of growth and change. Company is investing is US growth.

    Cons

    Few incentives to go above and beyond. Salaries not on scale with industry. Hiring is not keeping pace with growth expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Growth comes through growing talent not just cutting costs.


  9. "Intern review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloomsbury (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship allows you to get involved with a number of different book projects, where you work alongside editors, publishers and marketers on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The company integrates their employees well and there seems to be an excellent system in place which makes everyone feel comfortable and at ease in the workplace, but it seems they fall short with their interns, as I felt a little like a spare part and less integrated into the team. This is bound to happen though, seeing as the interns typically only spend two weeks with the company and therefore it's difficult to invest such things on someone temporary. The facilities are not modern and the company does not utilise what you would call up-to-date technologies; such as Mac. Nevertheless, the operating system they use fulfils all their needs and works to an excellent standard.

    Advice to Management

    I did not have the chance to meet with any of the Management team, but the team that looked after me during my internship were very welcoming and kind, nonetheless it would have been nice to have been properly introduced to everyone including the management team and other key members of the company.


  10. "Bi-annually"

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    Current Employee - Production Controller in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Controller in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomsbury full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, good work colleagues, positive work ethic throughout

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments

    Advice to Management

    Further develop inter-departmental communication policy


  11. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, helpful, genuinely want you to learn as much about the business/industry as possible, the more you put in the more you will get out

    Cons

    Fairly mundane work, a lot of dogsbody work (to be expected with intern positions),



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