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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free books, nice people, great atmosphere" (in 38 reviews)

  • "They have good benefits, and work, life balance" (in 14 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. "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

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

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company has good benefits, but it's not worth it. Systems are old, communication is bad and your opinion doesn't matter."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time is generous and it's usually easy to take time off. Free books are constant. Office location is nice in Boston.

    Cons

    There's no communication and the environment feels very negative and uncomfortable. Manager is afraid of change and doesn't want to try new things unless the idea comes from upper management, which it never does. Suggesting new ideas is usually met with negativity, which makes you unmotivated to suggest new ideas in the future. No one owns up to their mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be encouraging managers of departments to be open to new ideas and change. A manager is a leader and it's sad when they don't even want to try and make things better for their group. Please consider looking elsewhere for your next job.

  8. "Be careful where you work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k, summer Fridays, free books

    Cons

    -Upper management power trips 24/7
    -Staff who greases the wheels are overlooked, overworked, and paid pennies

    Advice to Management

    Fire upper management, and promote only those who deserve the promotion


  9. "Customer Financial Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Free books. A great working environment with great people.

    Cons

    Publishing companies in general do not pay enough to live in the Boston area that they are located in.

    Advice to Management

    Great management. Love my managers.


  10. "Junior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, free books, lots of community events.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, loses a lot of talented people because they don't promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within rather than bringing in new people.


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