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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Oh, and there were tons of free books on "take shelves" around the office (in 33 reviews)

  • Excellent company, very good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of transparency from upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of direction, lack of communication between departments, management not taking ownership of their bad ideas (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and free books.

    Cons

    You will work long and hard, and no one will notice or care unless something slips through the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Know how much is on your employee's plate.


  2. "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people! Everyone is wonderful and friendly. Management is direct and communicates well. People really care about you here.

    Cons

    Rarely see growth opportunities. Pay is below average for any position non-editorial based.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good People, , nice working environment"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free books, short Fridays in summer, intelligent, hardworking colleagues.

    Cons

    Upper Management not in touch with day to day operations

    Advice to Management

    To upper management: pay attention to the people on the ground, value their talent and experience.


  4. "Coordinator Role"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning environment
    Summer hours
    Flexible work schedule
    CEO very down to earth
    Business transparency

    Cons

    Nepotism
    No diversity, although this appears to be an on going topic of discussion.
    No growth opportunity: There is always entry level work available but, mid-level opportunities are very rare. If your comfortable in being in a position for 5-6 years this is the place.
    Follow industry standards of low pay.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Fixable work hours
    2. Nice and quiet work environment
    3. Office location is very good

    Cons

    1. Using very old technologies
    2. People here tend to maintain current situation. Less motivated to change or to figure out better ways of improving the system.


  6. "Drink the kool-aid"

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

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

    Pros

    Sometimes, some people listen.
    Sometimes you get bonus'.
    Half day Fridays in the summer.
    35 hour work week because no paid lunch hour.* pro and con
    Free books.
    Internal book leading program for audio and ebooks.

    Cons

    Too many status update meetings and new initiatives that they tell you are just the best.
    If you don't drink the kool-aid on how perfect they are you get outcasted really quickly. Sometimes you even get threatened. It's easy to see they're just doing more cooperate attempts at keeping people happy without really asking what the people want.

    35 hour work week because no paid lunch hour. * pro and con.

    They let you ask questions to the C level people but if they are answered they can be very dismissive.

    They tell you they're doing great on making money and then tell everyone under the director position they're only getting the industry standard 2% raise. Same as every publisher out there which isn't appealing.

    They love the "if you can't fire them, promote them" mentality. They don't seem to pay attention to the turn over rate in departments, which is a good indication of where bad management is.

    There's a serious "better than you" attitude to any company the acquire and the employee's they bring in. From every department, every office location.

    Some departments have a micromanaging problem, treating most of the people doing the leg work like they're stupid. They still make them do a lot of work but don't give them any praise for it.

    Advice to Management

    There's no incentive to be loyal. 20 years of loyalty before you get something substantial isn't really fair when there's so little compensation before that.
    Consider firing people instead of promoting them, especially if they refuse to change with the times and have a high turn over in their department.
    Offer management training to people who have become managers.
    Consider giving actual raises to people lower in the company, think below "director".
    Consider actually listening to concerns of people below the title of "director".


  7. "Industry in Transition"

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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

    Pros

    Dynamic, talented employee base. Good benefits. Some flexibility in work hours and telecommuting. Good vacation policies, especially for veterans. Commitment to advancing causes of literacy and freedom of expression.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement of younger staff. Tight financial situation due to flat overall industry environment. Lack of clarity from upper management on the trajectory of company's mission.

    Advice to Management

    Business really needs to be consolidated and streamlined, eliminating some of the redundancies at the top levels. Resources need to be spread more evenly, bringing up the conditions of the younger workers, to facilitate quicker advancement and employee retention.

  8. "Amazing colleagues but not enough support for junior staff"

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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

    Pros

    Passionate, well-read, generous coworkers across all departments
    Great benefits, including Summer Fridays and holiday schedules

    Cons

    Junior staff overworked and discouraged from declaring overtime
    Not many opportunities to advance within company
    Lack of transparency from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your assistant & associate level staff as disposable


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Nice peers, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free books, summer Fridays, plus holidays, and good PTO

    Cons

    Too much work from managers who also hire poorly therefore brings down work morale. Really low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Give the staff a break! We are tired, overworked, and underpaid.


  10. "Manufacturing"

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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Warm, congenial working atmosphere. Excellent benefits. Many group activities to foster open communication.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement. People are in positions for many years. Open floor plan with cubicles which may not appeal to everyone


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