Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated May 15, 2020

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3.6
66%
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79%
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Hachette Book Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Pietsch  (no image)
Michael Pietsch
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good training opportunities, company-wide networks, free books(in 45 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and lots of events that are interesting/exciting(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "The entire upper management has changed for the worst(in 17 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to elsewhere in other industries(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are generally great to work with and there are some fun employee programs like book giveaways and a volunteer service day every year. It's overall a really good place to work.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is not as good as it could be. It's very difficult to get a raise or promotion.

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  2. "good benefits"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    benefits - unlimited sick days

    Cons

    no room for growth here

  3. "Better than most publishing houses, but stagnant"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations 
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good health insurance Great books Pizza and fresh fruit weekly

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career development Toxic middle management Virtually no interdepartmental collaboration

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  4. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Books at discount, summer hours, good team working environment

    Cons

    Salary is lower than average, Boston is not easy to commute to, not much flexible work from home options

  5. "Fine"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot at Hachette

    Cons

    Transphobic and isolated work environment

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good starter position"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It started off better than it ended; I received a some training when brought on board, and the work isn't overly complex. It was a good environment for a while, perfect if you're early in your career.

    Cons

    Lower pay for the position than other companies in the surrounding area; It does actually require you to put in extra effort, especially since things began to decline when I left.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Has become a bad place to work. Great coworkers, bad management."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good location in NY and Boston. Flexible on working from home during bad weather, etc. They seem to take care of our health by arranging some activities and sending us e-advices.

    Cons

    The entire upper management has changed for the worst. Some people that are hired lack people skills and that makes good employees leave. Pathetic health insurance. Public transportation / parking benefits are covered only partially (pretax money). They don't listen to the employees and just promote the people they need, so the good employees are gone. Entire IT department was gone, and each one of them was just incredible, but they wouldn't get what they needed to exist with life/work balance, things became a nightmare for all. Micro-management from certain newly hired people at the top made others leave. Shame.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Director"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly employees, vacation days, free books, flex time, travel

    Cons

    low salaries, no growth, some managers rude, clique rules

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Culture"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly employees Office space is very nice Pool table

    Cons

    The pay could've been a little higher

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be."

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free books. Every 3rd Thursday free beer + pizza. Author M&G events. Most co-workers are pleasant to work with, no drama. Good work/life balance depending on your supervisor. Overall, a good environment, you are respected, especially compared to other large publishers. You get almost all of the last 2 weeks of December off. HR does a great job of pushing diversity initiatives.

    Cons

    Upper management in my group doesn't care about their employees. My co-workers are great people but supervisors very openly and obviously do not care about getting to know their workers. I can see that morale declines every month I'm here. There were a bunch of layoffs and it was done hastily and in a tacky fashion. And after that, we were never told what the company would be doing with the money saved from these layoffs. The layoffs made more work for everybody else and no raises or help with the transition were made. Raises are rare. Bonuses are only half of your paycheck once a year and they come in late (a long time after the holidays). Upper management is stuck in an antiquated baby boomer way of thinking. There is no room for growth. And no incentives to stay anyways.

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