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HarperCollins Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free books, though this company will kill your love of reading" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Great products and great people" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is not concerned with lower level employees or middle management and there is a great deal of dissatisfaction across the board" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Upper management does not put a lot of value on their lower level employees" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 HarperCollins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie among employees. Management has big vision and growth plans. I feel very optimistic about the future.

    Cons

    Difficult commute for people who live north of NYC.


  2. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and time off.

    Cons

    Poor communication within the company

    Advice to Management

    Communication includes external, internal news...both positive and negative news.

  3. "Content Management Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    SO MANY free books!

    Cons

    Upper management does not put a lot of value on their lower level employees. Very poor salary.


  4. "Excellent company, but large-scale corporate"

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people on the Harper team, excellent products and authors to work with, a culture that embraces new ideas

    Cons

    Very large company with a lot of decision makers and layers of management to work through. Innovation is often secondary to risk-aversion.


  5. "Temp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly nice, helpful, and passionate about books.

    Cons

    Not many cons, since I was only in a temp capacity.


  6. "I find this company to be a great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Manager in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Manager in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good work/life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    It's hard to think of any


  7. "Creative and fast paced"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with amazing authors and illustrators. Career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Restructures creating some layoffs a few years ago. Replacements not hired and remaining employees expected to pick up the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate priorities.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Huge issues with gender pay gaps and limited upward mobility for current employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of experienced, talented, and passionate people working here. You can learn a lot if you're willing to deal with some of the cons. People are genuinely excited about what they're working on.

    There are different levels of medical benefits which provides flexibility.

    Recently added paternity leave.

    A couple times a year they will do company-wide book drops. Otherwise, you are entitled to one free e-book a week but hard copy book purchases are taken out of your team's budget. Sometimes they will provide a discount during the holidays.

    It vastly ranges and depends on the team but generally, working hours are flexible so if you need to dip for an appointment or for your kids you can work from home within reason. There are some parents who work remote one day a week.

    Vacation policy is generous 15 vacation days to start and 5 vacation days additional after 5 years. Everyone gets 5 personal days.

    Cons

    Big issues with pay parity across similar roles with similar work experiences. I found out I was making over 40% less than my male counterpart and Human Resources actively prevented my manager and I from raising my salary claiming I was at market rate.

    Huge pay differences between junior and senior staff. The best way to make market rate here is negotiating hard when you join the company. Additionally, pay at the other publishers is generally higher than at HarperCollins.

    Even though the company is vastly female there is not much female leadership. You will see the same older, white, males at the c-level. HarperCollins UK released a gender gap report which confirmed a pay gap between males and females.

    There have been a couple restructurings and there was not transparency or communication from anyone so the fear of job security was in question for a lot of people.

    They increased the level of vacation time but now, time is accrued monthly and days can no longer be rolled over.

    Some teams are expected to be available on email after working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously take a look at gender gap issues in the workplace. It's more important than ever and the company won't be able to sustain attracting great talent unless this issue is addressed. Alumni, friends, and others in my network reach out to me a few times a month to chat about HarperCollins and I've been actively steering them away from considering working here.


  9. "Harper Collins review"

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    • 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

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great products and great people

    Cons

    To be honest it is hard to think of any


  10. Helpful (2)

    "If you aren't especially drawn to the book industry, you can do better."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HQ is between Fulton St & WTC, convenient to transit. Free books. Solid benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low and project budgets stingy.

    Owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

    Introverted, cliquey office culture conflicts with open office plan that turns employees into props to show off when trotting authors around.