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Chronicle Books Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. "Amazing Company to Intern For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lovely group of people to work with; my team truly made me feel valued and entrusted me with more responsibility than I've been given interning at other publishing houses
    -Creative, collaborative atmosphere
    -Great work/life balance
    -There was some kind of event, party, or workshop almost every week. I really enjoyed going to these because they gave me great opportunities to network and learn more about the different roles in the publishing industry
    -Gorgeous books, gorgeous building

    Cons

    -Several upper management employees left the company during my internship, so everything was a bit disorganized; that being said, my supervisors handled it as well as they could
    -Interns rarely get hired full-time

    Chronicle Books Response

    Oct 4, 2016 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We are very proud of our internship program and it's wonderful to hear that you had a good experience.


  2. "Just an overview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    Great people, diverse environment, hard working team, great product, nice work space/office.

    Cons

    There is a bit of "exclusive crowd" among long time employees and management.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, but could use a few tweaks to be amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    -Lovely people who, like others have mentioned, are intelligent, passionate, and funny
    -Working with books is a joy
    -Good benefits and fun parties
    -No idea is ever too silly or outlandish
    -You can never be bored
    -Upper management is quite accessible

    Cons

    -Low pay. The profit sharing program is great, but should not be a substitute for a raise, especially in the Bay Area. Comparing salary to other publishing houses doesn't really make anyone feel better when this area is saturated with tech companies that pay nearly double for the same positions
    -Can feel like there is a hive mind
    -Would benefit from hiring more diverse employees, including more men, to help bring new ideas to the table

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, more opportunities for promotions, and higher pay. Thank you for all your hard work!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    The people at Chronicle are a joy to work with-- they are all extremely intelligent, passionate about their work, and kind.

    Cons

    One of Chronicle Books' weaknesses is training up their new hires, so employees must be comfortable with taking initiative with their own growth and learning. Also, salaries are on the low end, especially considering San Francisco/East Bay prices, but benefits are good.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training your employees!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was ok"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    So many creative people to work with, and the product is amazing. I loved the location of the office.

    Cons

    They have a promotion structure that makes it hard to move up quickly, even if you do good work. Also, the hours are extremely long and the pay is awful.

    Chronicle Books Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We appreciate this feedback. It is always our goal to help our employees develop and progress in their careers at Chronicle Books. We also value a good work/life balance with most employees working a... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a friendly environment filled with passionate and hard working individuals. There can be flexibility around schedules which is always appreciated.

    Cons

    Low pay makes it hard to live in the Bay Area. They never hire temps when someone has a longer absence which puts strain and pressure on the rest of the team. Lots of turnover also creates more work for those who do stay on, and it unfortunately is constant.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more work from home days and pay your employees more. Stop acting like it's a privilege to work in publishing and take care of your employees who are dedicated to the company and work their butts off non-stop (which everyone does).

    Chronicle Books Response

    Oct 4, 2016 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback. We are always looking at ways to improve our work environment and all the offerings we have at Chronicle Books: from flexible schedules to regular salary... More


  7. "Great Editorial Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -great entry into editorial jobs
    -amazing company culture -- close knit but also a large successful publishing house

    Cons

    -could potentially give interns a heavier workload and more responsibility

    Chronicle Books Response

    Jul 7, 2016 – Executive Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for the feedback. We are very proud of our editorial internship program and highly value the contributions our interns make at Chronicle Books.

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chronicle Books full-time

    Pros

    Such a fun company to work for with great people.

    Cons

    Salary was a little low. Opportunities to grow were scarce.


  9. "Fun Projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chronicle Books (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of fun and silly projects to work on. Great variety of formats. Nice people. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    When a product or brand does well, they plaster is on as many additional products as they can. It makes sense, but there is a good chunk of production work.


  10. "Fun, Creative, Tons of Autonomy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun, Creative, Tons of Autonomy. Great company morale. Awesome work / life balance.

    Cons

    Very low ceiling and low pay.


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