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Chronicle Books Reviews

Updated February 5, 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. "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!


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Marketing manager"

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

    I have been working at Chronicle Books (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people. There's a lot of positive energy and everyone strives to do their best. I am in awe of the talent around me. Great product and freedom to develop your ideas. Fun perks like free baseball tickets and lots of parties and celebrations. And cool offices too

    Cons

    No complaints. Though more pay and vacation time is always welcome

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and let your the staff know how much you appreciate them


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Best publishing job there is"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chronicle Books full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart engaged people, interesting work, fair compensation, free fruit, in the heart of San Francisco

    Cons

    Occasionally the cultural need for consensus slows things down in a fast paced world.



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