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Pros
  • Oh, and there were tons of free books on "take shelves" around the office (in 33 reviews)

  • Excellent company, very good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of transparency from upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of direction, lack of communication between departments, management not taking ownership of their bad ideas (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, fantastic vacation, good 401k

    Cons

    Comunication between departments leaves something to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Grow talent


  2. "Great Publishing House"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Love Summer Fridays
    Great company culture

    Cons

    Little growth potential
    Compensation for EAs and Assistant Editors is laughable for NYC living

  3. Helpful (6)

    "You know what rolls downhill..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues--attracts the best talent! Great benefits-- I'll stay a while to keep them. The management supports doing your work well and will never encourage cutting corners or being lazy-- in my case, that I can edit my heart out. Lovely books. Great place to be if you're upper management.

    Cons

    Managers are out of touch with what their employees do, so are surprised when employees are over-worked. Work-life balance is poor; 20% of my division works to or past 9pm at least once a week. Though raises happen every year, they're are minimal even with a promotion until you get an offer from another house; then you're worth quite a bit more to them. Senior management is paid very well, and are happy up there, so they have a hard time believing how poor morale is in the rest of the company. They don't take suggestions for improving things, and tend to place the blame back on the lower-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a great company, but now morale is lower than I've seen it in all my years here and I see us losing talent, both employees and authors. Listen to employees, create an environment where they can speak to upper management freely without fear of reprisal; try to make a more egalitarian workplace that values the voices even from the bottom. If you work with your employees rather than separate yourselves from them, this could be a best-in-class company once again.


  4. "A focused company with a few old fashioned traits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    - Passionate, caring, driven colleagues
    - Great office - facilities good, wow factor views from the roof terrace, nice cafe and lots of meeting room space
    - Pay review each July and bonuses at the end of the year help boost the coffers!

    Cons

    - Old fashioned at times - the same people don't tend to move from the same seats and an bit of an old boys network going on (Oxbridge types dominate!)
    - Tricky to get promoted
    - Not much cross working between departments - Hodder Education will have absolutely nothing to do with Orion, for example

    Advice to Management

    Recognise talent from within. If somebody is doing a good job, make sure you retain them by promoting them.