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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Macmillan puts their employees first, great medical benefits and work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • friendly work environment, stimulating job (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay (standard for industry, but still) (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of communication, more reactiveness than proactiveness (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "nice place to work; scrambling due to industry downturn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, no drama, upbeat executive team. Good for long-term. Great office (One NY Plaza) and location. Environmental conciousness at least from the top. Friendly atmosphere with plenty of work (no goofing off) but not so pressured that you can't do your work in a reasonable workflow.

    Cons

    Industry pressure has caused a lot of staff reduction in last months. Disorganized. No room for career growth in Info Tech areas. Always been lower pay than other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff. Hang on to executives - they are top-notch.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly company with publishing pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 Macmillan Publishers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate culture values work/life balance; summer Friday half-days and a week off between Christmas and New Year's; work environments seem to vary by imprint/department but mine has been warm and welcoming; my manager makes it clear that I am valued

    Cons

    Low publishing salaries; technology is behind the times and updates are difficult to implement; some practices and habits feel old-fashioned and not as effective as they might have been 20 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in tech and diversity/inclusion


  3. "Great corporate culture but IT department has too much politics and little growth for associates."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ETL Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ETL Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free books. Chance to learn new technologies. Great corporate culture with charismatic CEO. Leniency on working from home when needed.

    Cons

    Departmental change to meet demands of fast business growth has led to immaturity amongst management. Seeking other opportunities within company is met with strong opposition from management. Associates are not encouraged to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Spread technical job roles out amongst multiple people instead of concentrated on one manager. Recognize accomplishments that have helped the department get to where it is.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "No career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Service Desk A in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9-5 work schedule; no off-hours work expected

    Cons

    very poor IT management. There was almost zero cooperation between different IT teams; often a toxic atmosphere where employees spent more time trying to find fault with someone than taking a proactive approach to solving problems

    Advice to Management

    Hire externally and clean house. Listen to your employees (and these reviews)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great company to start a career in publishing. Helpful leadership who are mostly prepared for the future.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover, but that's pretty typical in this industry and at this level. Budgets are tight but that's the industry norm.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Industry leader, big name authors and imprints and the opportunity to be part of an evolving industry

    Cons

    Poor compensation and willful exploitation of freelancers. They haven't fully figured out how to evolve. Insufficient benefits for the many young women who fill the field- ie terrible maternity leave.


  8. "it was not great"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of books for free

    Cons

    boring environment. needlessly stuffy. Could be brightened easily


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Old school British mentality"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are intelligent and enjoy being surrounded by stuck up people who are not as smart as you and who work much less harder than you yet make more money than you than voila this is your perfect dream job.

    Cons

    I was given a work load three times as time consuming as the other Production Managers who are juiced in while I received much less pay in terms of salary. The management plays big time favoritism and selects "royalty" for the cushy jobs while giving the hard working employees the shaft. Average level of intelligence for the workers is surprisingly below average.
    Human resources department is corrupted and protects upper management.
    Bad managers who do not really know how to motivate. Bad people all around.

    Advice to Management

    your industry is obsolete. Go out of business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cost Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    2 weeks off at the end of the year. If you are good there are opportunities to grow.

    On finance team there are a lot of smart folks.

    Cons

    Too many unprofessional college grads. I lost the count how many times some "creative" guy hit a Send to All button instead of sending to the desired individual.


  11. "Cost Accounting Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work life balanced environment.

    Cons

    Not alot of room to grow


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