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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Loved the people, the culture and the free books" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and lots of events that are interesting/exciting" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management power trips 24/7" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Follow industry standards of low pay" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to grow your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, friendly colleagues
    Great books from a diverse group of publishing divisions
    Strong international presence with opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in UK, France, and Spain
    Modern open-plan office
    Good internship program, talent development programs
    People stay at this company a long time

    Cons

    A lot of committees and new initiatives going on all the time
    Some of the systems are dated and hard to use -- they are working on fixing this but it will take awhile
    People coming from larger publishing houses miss some of the resources that come with size but appreciate the collegial atmosphere and focus on quality

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your junior employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bleh"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros here are that the office is nice, there’s 401k matching, and the occasional free pizza/fruit. Free books, occasional free breakfast. Sometimes get to meet authors which is cool. But, it’s really a catch 22 because most of these pros just lead to the company spending money on things, while the salaries remain low (almost to try and cover up that fact)

    Cons

    I worked here for almost 2 years and being here just got worse and worse. There is a lot of weird hierarchy, and a LOT of people with attitudes. Editors seem to be very high and mighty and the amount of people here who don’t say excuse me when they’re in your way or thank you when you hold the door for them is truly astonishing.

    It is ridiculously cliquey and everyone is ALWAYS complaining. Seriously, I don’t think I ever interacted with one lower level employee who liked their job or felt they were compensated enough. When you look at the “CEO Inbox”(company suggestion inbox) it is just adults complaining like children about the most frivolous of things and it’s truly exhausting to know I work with these people. The only people who seem to like it here are higher ups who are able to have their opinions heard and get paid enough to justify even coming to work.

    I really wouldn’t recommend this company to anyone who can do their job elsewhere (ie. finance, design) You are very underpaid when you could be getting better money in a more lucrative industry, and SERIOUSLY undervalued. Basically try having an idea there’s absolutely no point, it often goes unheard.
    I really wish people were kinder, more interested in their positions, and received better pay. The entire environment would be better.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rolling out initiatives that waste money just to make the company sound enticing. Things like third Thursday where there is beer/alcohol and free fruit sound nice, but I’d probably rather just make more money. It’s also nice to work in a beautiful office in midtown, but also would rather just make more money (can’t even imagine what rent is) Everyone seems annoyed and overworked, and maybe it’s because there just aren’t enough employees And the ones that are there are not compensated enough.

  3. "Had it’s perks"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    Generous PTO

    Cons

    Standard publishing complaints, doable for some but tough for others


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the people, the culture and the free books. It was amazing being able to work with such talented authors, editors, artists, publicists, etc. on a daily basis. The office is new and modern and in a great location. Good benefits and lots of events that are interesting/exciting.

    Cons

    Really one of the only cons is the culture of complaining, mainly from employees who have been at the company for a long time. New employees are huge book lovers and excited to have their dream job. Older employees like to reminisce about the good old days and can't grasp that the industry has changed drastically in the past few years. The negativity drips down to the newer hires and can bring down morale. Also, there can be drastic pay ranges for the same role.


  5. "Could do better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, free books, consistent work, unlimited sick time. Sabbatical after 20 years.

    Cons

    Divided cultures- depending upon which office your in and what department your part of there can be a real issue with culture class and "better than you" attitudes are abound even if seniority is pretty equal.

    False empowerment. Unless you have director or higher in your title, nothing you say matters. They say it does, but it really doesn't. In one ear and out the other most of the time. Some management has a serious issue with belittling attitudes around this.

    The pay is publishing pay. You can try and negotiate high before you get in but if you were acquired in the merger a few years ago you are paid less and that won't change unless you move departments and negotiate well. Standard raise with bonus' that mostly get eaten by taxes.

    Its publishing, the only upward movement is based on seniority and "proving" yourself if someone above you quits or retires. If you're lucky, transferring departments.

    No incentives until that 20 year mark except slightly more vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Actually empower people. Titles aren't a rank nor a judgement on the worth of the employee.
    Find actual incentives if you want to keep employees 20 years before that 20 year mark.


  6. "Art Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Company system is a bit messy

    Advice to Management

    Improve management skill


  7. "It's Just Not A High Paying Industry..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    great books and lovely people

    Cons

    workload can get overwhelming causing feelings of burn out. with little room to find upward movement

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Employer with Dismal Future"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were great people working there and that made employment much more bearable. They have good benefits, and work, life balance. The work week was 35 hours. The best part was summer Fridays; work a little longer Mon-Thurs and then only work until 1 on Friday during the summer months. I wasn't given too much grief for taking time off for doctor appointments and needing to be at home for home repairs.

    Cons

    I worked in finance which had a very different aura then the fulfillment side. Finance was Coach and Fulfillment was First Class. Some of the leadership in finance were unpleasant and unhappy and that trickled down. And there were particularly toxic people there. One individual was finally let go and most everyone in the company was happy that person left. They let this person stay far too long.
    The book publishing business is slowly dying...not much of a future.

    Advice to Management

    It takes management a long time to remove toxic people. I don't know the intricacies of the firing process, but removing that one horrible person made a big, positive impact on many people and departments. Perhaps move that process along faster.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One of the smallest of the big five, but the friendliest."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager 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

    I'm continually impressed with the passion, integrity, and ingenuity of my colleagues, all of whom genuinely love books and the culture surrounding them.

    Many people here complain about lack of opportunities for advancement, but I've seen my colleagues move up. But you aren't going to get a promotion every year, for sure, and raises are modest. There's some pressure to prove your value in order to advance.

    If you come to management with smart ideas and plans to move forward, they do welcome innovation.

    The benefits are decent and the vacation time is good, including Summer Fridays and a bonus week off at the holidays. The culture is solid and they are actively trying to build diversity in the ranks.

    Cons

    It's challenging to manage your time when your bosses have a difficult time prioritizing what's important. As an assistant/associate, you need to be comfortable managing up in a respectful way, but it's hard to feel confident enough to do it.

    While they push employees to innovate, there's not a ton of time to work on anything that isn't a day-to-day responsibility.

    There's some really bad employees and there doesn't seem to be any way to get rid of them. There's also a lot of people who complain about everything and bring down morale, but they aren't rushing to quit their jobs.

    The pay is low, but in line with the publishing industry as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    While it is respectable to want to give 100% on every project, the manpower isn't there. Learn how to be more realistic about a prospect early on, so your employees can focus on what's working instead of constantly bailing out a sinking ship.


  10. "Great internship program"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good internship program; comprehensive publishing experience with lots of opportunities to see other areas of the industry.

    Cons

    There was not always a huge amount of work to do. It was occasionally boring.


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