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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  • Oh, and there were tons of free books on "take shelves" around the office (in 29 reviews)

  • flexible hours leads to a good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work if you don't want to advance quickly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good people. Decent benefits. Excellent discount on HBG and client books.

    Cons

    Insurance costs a little high, not always a clear path for promotion and career. Salaries are on the low end. By raising salaries based on % of current salaries, it is impossible to catch up to current market values and pay employees equitably.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on the mergers & acquisitions. We don't need to become Penguin Random House to succeed. The constant adds to clients and business acquisitions without major system upgrades are overwhelming our infrastructure and employees. Sometimes management forgets to think about the everyday employees and logistics because they are caught up in big picture.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Little, Brown department at Hachette is unnecessarily exhausting"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on great projects, but have to fight more senior coworkers for them. If you don't fight for them, you'll get nothing.
    Some people in other departments are friendly.
    The office is bright and mostly clean.
    Free books.

    Cons

    Lots of cliques. People gossip nastily about you and others on a daily basis when you're not present.
    People are unfriendly just because they can be.
    Senior members lord their power over you instead of being professional.
    Senior members will give you their own workload so they can go to lunch longer or go home early.
    High level bosses are never around.
    Coworkers routinely talk about being unhappy and ready to 'escape'.
    Multiple years of losing money means we get small bonuses and raises.
    Open floor plan is loud and exhausting.
    Lazy people who complain about working hard the loudest seem to get rewarded.
    All the nice and hardworking coworkers leave quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your coworkers more, or else talent leaves. Fire or reprimand lazy and unprofessional coworkers. Listen when we provide ways to improve business.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Services Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Friendly people, good work ethics

    Cons

    Compensation does not always reflect their value of employees, or in accordance with similar jobs in the area


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed bag, but mostly good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Publicist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Publicist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I've never worked with a friendlier and more passionate group of colleagues. Most of Hachette's employees truly care about their work, even if they don't always make the right decisions. The people really make this place.

    - Though the books are great, too! I'm genuinely proud of most of the things we publish. Quality is a concern here.

    - Solid benefits. Good PTO policies (unlimited sick days!); medical/dental/vision insurance are decent and comparable to or better than at many other companies.

    - Consistent raises and bonuses... even if they're not as high as you might like.

    Cons

    A lot of the problems here are, I think, endemic to the industry (and corporate culture as a whole). It's hard to move up, unless you're lucky. Salary increases favor those who jump around, rather than those who are loyal to the company. Cost-cutting is rampant. But I think you'd be hard-pressed to find any publishing company that acts differently. It's just a tough time.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of incredibly talented employees who are working hard and getting frustrated with work increases and low pay. Please recognize that you're going to lose a lot of talent if you can't address this.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck in time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to make decisions you can have a meaningful impact

    Cons

    Systems are awful. Upper management is unwilling to make difficult choices.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the COO and get rid of underperforming publishers


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Former coworker was right!"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I WONT BE ABLE TO WORK WITH ANYMORE!
    Free books, which I'll sell to make rent now!
    The vacation time of which I'm about to take all of at once!

    Cons

    I'm not surprised, a coworker who left last Summer always said that the NY office would find a way to eliminate the Boston office! We were just told not 2 weeks ago my dept (customer service) and Claims were being eliminated and moved to our warehouse facility in Lebanon, IN! We "of course" have the option to transfer to Lebanon, but who the heck wants to move from Boston to Indiana!?!?! So now many people who have only known HBG will be looking for work and NY doesn't give a damn! Watch out to the rest of the Boston office it's only a matter of a few years (I give it 3) before the rest of the departments are divided between NY and Indy!

    Advice to Management

    Update your resumes because you're next!


  7. Helpful (8)

    "I'm disappointed"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented, hard working people in the Boston office. I really adore my coworkers.

    Cons

    Customer Service and Claims were recently laid off, and I'm unable to stand by the company's decisions. I'm not sure how the company expect to re-build the customer service team from the ground up because the knowledge base is located in the Boston office. We have employee's with one (sometimes two) decades of experience. HBG has left a bad taste in my mouth.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Hachette"

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

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

    Pros

    On the whole, this is a very friendly culture. It's also a group of very smart, competent people.

    Cons

    Morale is very low right now after a move to open floor plan and lay-offs in 2014.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice people
    good location
    good summer hours
    good books

    Cons

    company change a lot, lack of communication with staff

    Advice to Management

    care about your staff


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work that is very creative and rewarding. There is the opportunity to work with great writers doing important and creative work.

    Cons

    Management, particularly sales has no appreciation or true understanding of the visual as it relates to marketing, but think they do.

    Advice to Management

    Have sales do a better job of selling books and finding new markets. Do not believe for a moment that they are experts in editorial acquisitions, marketing or design.


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