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Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Plus, there's lot of free books (in 22 reviews)

  • Great company with great people (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Treats employees well; super great company.

    Cons

    Pay isn't very high, but it's publishing.


  2. "Amazing people, difficult track to advancement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest, friendliest colleagues. Passionate, caring, creative.

    Cons

    Hard to make ends meat in NYC and budget constraints limited promotion opportunities. Though this is typical for all of publishing.

  3. "Meh."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with amazing, creative, dedicated coworkers

    Cons

    Poor compensation, low vacation time, and weird advancement/salary restrictions that HR somehow manages to blame on the union contract...

    Advice to Management

    Mostly to those at the VP level: stop chasing other publishers' creative coattails and take some more risks editorially. Also, maybe think about giving everyone that New Year's break like the other big guys do.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager, Ad/Promo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Great company brand that is well known and the offices are really nice.

    Cons

    Little to no training when you start, and you are expected to perform exceptionally from the get-go with very little room for error. Upper management is not understanding, and will chastise you for even taking a short break to get coffee. Everyone who isn't upper management is incredibly overworked and under appreciated. Don't expect to suggest any sort of changes or voice your opinions as this will be seen very negatively. I was working 60+ hours a week yet was still being told that things were slipping through the cracks. When I brought up that I felt my workload was too heavy, I was simply told "well this is the job" and was expected to get over it with absolutely no support.


  5. "Admin"

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

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

    Pros

    A great environment to learn and grow

    Cons

    A business transitioning for growth


  6. "Dead end jobs a plenty"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Scranton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office location is nice.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement I was in a group with 11 employees and one manager. Job complacency in management is an overwhelming problem. Best practices are rarely discussed, and if they are rarely implemented

    Advice to Management

    Don't be an old dog - learn new tricks.


  7. "An excellent place to work, but can get a bit cliquey."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    You get to spend every day working with books. You have access to read anything published by Harper or Harlequin. Great location right off of the Fulton stop. They put a lot of focus on career growth and development and HR is very responsive. The benefits are nice as well.

    Cons

    The company is a bit cliquey among imprint and specific department, so networking can be tough. The pay is low for NYC but that is standard across publishing houses.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, it's a great place to work if you are committed to working in publishing!

  8. "Harper Collins Operations"

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great associates, Good benefits, enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Increasingly political work environment, pressure from parent company, without recognition for success and innovations of the remote offices


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    -unlike some publishers, they do at least promote internally, though the process and requirements are extremely unclear
    -they let their assistants acquire
    -very good author portal and other author services
    -very organized managing editorial

    Cons

    -there are legitimate psychopaths working there and it is a serious morale issue
    -really toxic and gossipy culture
    -managers play favorites based on arbitrary judgments
    -no integrity
    -lowest starting salaries of any publisher
    -no concern for the wellbeing of junior employees
    -overly corporate draconian atmosphere
    -HR is useless
    -pay huge bloated salaries to people who do nothing and never come to work and then won't give raises to the people who do the bulk of the work


  10. "Supervisor"

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

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Great Hours and Great Benefits! Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay should be higher for certain titles


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