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Hachette Book Group Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Amazing company, free books, fantastic like-minded co-workers (in 25 reviews)

  • Good work life balance programs (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Too many changes with not enough thought going into these changes by upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, but not for Growth Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, relaxed, free coffee, free books, great people to work with. They really do have a lot of perks.

    Cons

    Very few growth opportunities. Promote based on tenure and not because people deserve it or earn it because of hard work. People who are not the manager or supervisor type, end up becoming managers and hurt more than they help because there is no professional development to help them grow into the role.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development would go a long way here. They could also promote more carefully for people who will actually make a positive difference.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Nice place to work...if you're female"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Lots of really nice people there.

    Cons

    Can feel like you're in a sorority house. Diversity is way off.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Things have gone downhill fast, and don't seem to be improving."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publicity Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity Department in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people in the trenches are hard-working, competent, intelligent, and lovely people. Your co-workers are likely as passionate about books as you are, and in my experience, are always willing to lend a hand when necessary. You get a week off between Christmas and New Year's, which is nice. There's beer and pizza every now and then.

    Cons

    Upper management has completely lost touch with their worker base. There's a very clear "us vs. them" mentality in place. Before I left, layoffs had completely changed the feel of the company, decimating morale, and management made no attempt to fix issues or assure remaining employees that their jobs were secure. Workloads increased exponentially with little support beyond same-level coworkers (who ALSO had more on their plate). I wasn't the first to leave, and I'm not the last. It seems like people are fleeing the company at an alarming rate, and ridiculous hiring freezes and the complete lack of promotions have done little to give current workers any reason to stay. CEO Michael Pietsch seems to have no idea what his employees are forced to put up with on a daily basis, or even worse, doesn't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Show your workers that you value them. More attention is given to agents than to the men and women that actually make these books possible. Adding more responsibilities to already overworked employees is NOT an example of simplifying workloads. When people have remained in the same position for years, telling them "we can't promote at this time" is NOT acceptable. People will rise to the challenge when things get tough, but when a toxic work environment becomes the norm, don't be surprised that people are jumping ship. A CEO with actual business experience might be a good idea. It was wonderful to hear that a storied editor was taking over the company ("He's one of us! He gets it!"), but it's time to consider this a failed experiment before the company bleeds out completely.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away from the IT department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    I worked at Hachette Book Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some truly excellent colleagues who are hard working and really care. Good work life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    If you're considering an IT career here, stay away. The department has been reorganized 3 times in as many years. Leadership is horrible - the CIO barely interacts with anyone. The people he's hired lack leadership skills. He's let go of good talent or encouraged people to leave because of his own personality problems. The rest of the company is frustrated with the lack of technological progress, despite individuals working hard to do their best, but no one cares. Technology is not a priority here. Morale is low. There is nothing innovative happening here now.


  6. "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Returns Associate in Lebanon, IN
    Former Employee - Returns Associate in Lebanon, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working atmosphere, nice hard working people

    Cons

    Getting Full Time is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring illegals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company. Wonderful colleagues."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's rare to find a company that provides its employees with the care and attention that Hachette does. You'll enjoy a great environment to work in with employee benefits, perks, and all the books you can dream of!

    Cons

    Rough work-life balance
    Few promotions


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The company had to go undergo lots of layoffs due to financial concerns."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Very little turnover.

    Cons

    Lots of upheaval in 2014. Move to an open floor plane. Let go of lots of talented employees. Very poor communication from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Read some of the business management books you publish!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great people to work with here, a lot of hard working, friendly and dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy and out of touch with the reality of the day to day business. High turnover in key areas, including many top level managers, are not seen for the warning signs they are and the response to problems are restructuring rather than investment.

    CEO is clearly dedicated and knowledgeable about the core areas of the business, publishing, but appears disappointingly out of touch with the operational elements.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the folks in all areas of the business, not just those at the top.


  10. "Great Internship!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very pleasant people to work with and free books! HR truly cares about their internship program and having their interns learn as much they can.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Rough Waters, Leaking Ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hachette Book Group full-time

    Pros

    Employees are personable and friendly. A large amount of vacation. The week between Christmas and New Years off. Summer Hours.

    Cons

    Hachette is going through major transitions currently (2013/2014). Leadership seems to be lacking during these rough times and the company doesn't seem to be able to keep/value talented employees any longer.



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