HarperCollins Reviews

Updated Aug 3, 2020

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3.4
74%
Recommend to a Friend
76%
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HarperCollins President and CEO Brian Murray
Brian Murray
72 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free books, good healthcare, great discounts, a handful of intelligent, gifted people if you’re lucky to work with them(in 31 reviews)

  • "unlike some publishers, they do at least promote internally, though the process and requirements are extremely unclear(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management does not put a lot of value on their lower level employees(in 15 reviews)

  • "HR is aware that their entry-level employees are being overworked and that OT rules are abused(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Processor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady schedule, fairly easy work, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Can get chaotic during the winter months and doesn't ease up until May.

  2. "The absolute worst company. Don't DO IT."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    401K match - thats about it.

    Cons

    Unhealthy and demoralizing management practices: 1. Racial prejudice: If you are a minority expect to be passover for promotions. 2. Implementing old technology and knowing how to use it. 3. HR posting fake reviews to glassdoor and everywhere else. 4. Introverted, cliquey office culture 5. HR/department head/managers are aware that their employees are being overworked and that OT rules are abused. Your commitment to your job will be constantly questioned. You'll be discouraged from even requesting overtime on the basis that doing so could prevent you from getting promoted. (for real) 6. No outside life. 7. Department managers would rather avoid conflict and force you out than advocate for you. 8. No room for growth. 9.Hard to watch good hard working employees demoralized 10. Lots of unprofessional drama/politics/favoritism 11.

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  3. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay vacation pay paid time off

    Cons

    None really. Loved everything. Pay.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good but no real movement"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator 

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    The people—on my level, not higher up—were the best part

    Cons

    There was no movement available unless you jumped between and across teams

  5. "Flexible environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flexible hours, ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Low pay, disorganized, office politics.

  6. "Great Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    leader in publishing industry talented teammates pay

    Cons

    Difficult commute when traveling from certain parts of NJ

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good People"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    People there are professional, respectful, and kind.

    Cons

    There are some talented people there, but for software development and IT, it is small with little room to grow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company. Not competitive."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins

    Pros

    Free books. Great titles to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. Underpaid for most positions.

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  9. "Great place for book lovers!"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working on amazing books and meeting fabulous authors!

    Cons

    Like many publishing companies, the pay is well below average for marketing roles when compared across industries in NYC.

  10. "Decent Company"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Publicist 

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work at; supportive bosses

    Cons

    Long hours, hard to move up, low pay for assistants

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