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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated December 19, 2018
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  • "Upper management power trips 24/7" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to elsewhere in other industries" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Great hours, great benefits, great options.

    Cons

    None so far. Everything is great.


  2. "Good"

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

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Transparent, good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay in publishing is always pretty bad

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Department in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Department in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, transparency from upper management, talented people.

    Cons

    Not enough communication/collaboration between imprints and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage inter-departmental communication.


  4. "CS Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and food, don’t have to stay late

    Cons

    Don’t appreciate the lower staff


  5. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Royalty Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Royalty Intern in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people who are really passionate for their work

    Cons

    Software is hard to use at times and not very intuitive


  6. "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern I learned a lot about the industry. Everyone is very friendly and willing to talk to you about their experience in publishing.

    Cons

    I have heard from coworkers it is difficult to work your way up the ladder and so most people have to move to another house for a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reward loyalty, because some of the employees feel it goes unnoticed.


  7. "Great Internship Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You'll learn so much on the job

    Cons

    You won't always receive an explanation of how to do things, which can result in mistakes that could have been prevented.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, super fun coworkers (not the case for all departments, just mine!)

    Cons

    Upper levels not diverse, full of old people who make way too much money, preventing from hiring more and giving lower staff higher wages

    Things move too slow for interdepartmental projects

    Advice to Management

    Hire some non-white old men in higher positions
    Hire some non-white people in all other positions


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    "don't work here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    good books, except for the bizarre alt-right stuff we publish

    Cons

    Where to begin. They protect people who discriminate, despite all the diversity lip service. There was a time when all the leadership was men, but they are trying to fix that, usually not by promoting from within but by hiring 20somethings at a fraction of the cost. It's like someone told them, hey, women and minorities are just as good but cheaper! I've seen senior people leave to be replaced with entry-level staff, no doubt to save a buck. Forget about being promoted. I've seen people be promoted without a pay raise, seemingly at random, creating an environment of backstabbing and gossip, while the directors seem to enjoy this palace intrigue and encourage it. A person's work ethic doesn't matter either- people responsible for NYT bestsellers or award winners at best are ignored or at worst unceremoniously forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Try to raise a family in a 1-bedroom apartment with hundreds of dollars in student loans, crippling high rents, and embarrassingly low salaries. Also list the executive compensation in the financial reports. We know you are out-of-touch, but by how much?


  10. "Good company, difficult to advance"

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    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good HR, supportive environment, great colleagues

    Cons

    Experience depends on team. My team has no investment in employees or room for advancement.