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Updated November 7, 2016
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  • Plus, there's lot of free books (in 20 reviews)

  • Great company with great people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Internship Program"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at HarperCollins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met some of the nicest people in the San Francisco office who took time out of their busy days for informational meetings

    Cons

    Sometimes, I would run out of things to do


  2. "Used to Be a Good Company, Not So Much Nowadays. . ."

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

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

    Pros

    Good Titles. The people are very dedicated, skilled, and talented.

    Cons

    Management seemed to have lost its dedication to its employees. The focus appears to have shifted to the bottom line without regard for structure and the day-to-day operations. As with most companies nowaday, management wants way too much for way too little. There's a revolving door of talent either forced (layoffs) or voluntary.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just give lip service to having an open-door policy. Try actually paying attention to employees. Then move forward to implement their ideas and suggestions since they're the ones who do the work.


  3. "Good Old Boys Clum"

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

    I worked at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Prepared me to accept a position at a company that actually cares for and allows for merit-based advancement. There is no other reason to stay at this organization otherwise.

    Cons

    The very definition of a good old boys club. Executive leadership has been in place though failed project after failed project. Publishing is a dying industry; anyone with any talent at both the staff and leadership levels left the company long ago.

    Advice to Management

    It's better to simply ignore your employees, rather than paying lip service to the problems then changing nothing.


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  5. "Not the greatest"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. Compensation. Overtime wasn't necessary.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't care about us at all. Some don't know/care about name of people under them. Such a shame

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the people at the lower levels


  6. "Great Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tobyhanna, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tobyhanna, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Working on teams has never been so relieving
    - Amazing benefits (Tuition Reimbursment)
    - Great Flexibility
    - Very nice coworkers
    - Opportunities!

    Cons

    No cons that would defer my interest in employment.


  7. "Big 5 publisher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An innovative company that works hard to connect with consumers.

    Cons

    Lean in terms of staffing.


  8. "Pretty good place to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, Nice Benefits, The work is interesting and requires the use of my brain, which is awesome, lax dress code

    I think the job really comes down to who you work for. My bosses are wonderful, which in turn, makes my experience one of the better ones. I get to work on editorial projects that are interesting and I'm learning the craft of editing that'll benefit me in the future. My colleagues are wonderful at this level, and I've had pretty good interactions with upper management. No complaints yet . . .

    Cons

    Bad pay, sometimes long hours with no compensation, sometimes tedious work

    Advice to Management

    Have a detailed guide for entry-level employees so that people know all the aspects of the job without having to ask a colleague a million questions! Also, update some of the outdated systems that require far too many steps for simple tasks.


  9. "Nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Moosic, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Moosic, PA

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The people are mostly friendly. They try to promote team spirit. Lots of books available to read.

    Cons

    The pay is not very competetive. There's a lot of traffic in and out of the location. 81 gets backed up often.


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    "Managing editorial"

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    Former Employee - Managing Editiorial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Editiorial in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the big time. Some good books. Lots of best sellers. Some have the possibility of bonuses. There is a cafeteria on site. Managers urge employees to use it.

    Cons

    Extreme pressure. Irrational expectations. Lots of overtime. Many are toiling thanklessly in the trenches with little chance to be recognized. It always feels like "never enough."

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what the end game is with various consolidations and new technologies being launched. If you explain the goals to your employees, they can help you figure out how to get there rather than instituting new plans without explaining what problems they are supposed to solve or what advantages they are designed to confer.


  11. "Good Working Environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HarperCollins full-time

    Pros

    Great Medical & Dental Benefits; good 401k match and vested pension based on salary; relaxed working environment; very nice offices; cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Things move very slowly in a company this size, but that's to be expected of a supply chain that's part of a huge corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Put money and effort behind new marketing strategies instead of relying on a business model that slowly loses money if there's not a blockbuster novel that season.



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