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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated January 8, 2018
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Pros
  • Macmillan puts their employees first, great medical benefits and work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • friendly work environment, stimulating job (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Low Pay, No advancement opportunities (in 10 reviews)

  • Communications is not always best, office space (Flatiron building) is not conducive to a productive environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Macmillan Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company culture, great books

    Cons

    Difficult to obtain promotions and raises


  2. "Okay for WFH"

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

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Work From Home, Flexibility, Easy Work

    Cons

    Low Pay, No advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Organize yourselves

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Email Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Email Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Higher salary than most publishers
    - Fairly flexible work environment
    - Good work/life balance
    - Great benefits/perks
    - Annual bonus (amount varies)
    - At least a 3% raise annually
    - Summer Fridays!
    - Week off between Christmas and New Years!

    Cons

    - Probably lower salary than market rate but this is just general for publishing
    - Some managers have antiquated ideas/methods
    - While the Flatiron building is a historic landmark, the inside is underwhelming and very outdated
    - Small bathrooms on every other floor (men one floor, women another floor)

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed my time at Macmillan and I think it's one of the best publishers to work for. The work/life balance is a huge plus and I worked with so many wonderful people there. Every department is different so I can't comment on others' but working in Central Digital Marketing was great; super fun team! The benefits and perks are excellent and I LOVED having Summer Fridays and the week off between Christmas and New Years!

    The only advice I have to management is to implement a more flexible work from home policy. Right now, it's been left up to each department/manager to determine but so many have an outdated viewpoint on it. There needs to be more trust in employees, especially when they've already proven themselves in the job. This would foster a more trusting and comfortable work environment.


  4. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good location, and friendly environment with good benefits.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire upper management who understand the internet and how to manage their web presence.


  5. "Editorial at St. Martin's Press"

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are really excellent.

    Cons

    Moral has been low lately.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  6. "Pronoun is a friendly, passionate place to work"

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    This review is specifically for Pronoun, Macmillan's self-publishing platform.

    Despite being acquired by Macmillan, Pronoun still feels like a start up in many ways. Great office culture. People care about their work and are passionate about the platform we're building. Anyone can speak up with ideas or suggestions and be heard. I eat lunch with my coworkers a few days a week, and we all go out for dinner or drinks once every month or so. Work/life balance is healthy. Our platform is awesome.

    Cons

    We're isolated from our parent company, Macmillan, which has both upsides and downsides. There aren't many chances to meet and network with other Macmillan employees. It can be frustrating working with corporate restraints (e.g., required outdated software and regulated hours). Pronoun is still small and there isn't much room for upward mobility. My salary isn't as high as I think it could be elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see everyone's jobs made more visible, so that everyone on the team better understands and appreciates what everyone else does. More transparency about our status and relationship with Macmillan would be great, but maybe that information can't be shared.


  7. "Intern For Publicity Dept"

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Environment is warm and welcoming, lots to learn and everyone is willing to answer your questions.

    Cons

    Communications is not always best, office space (Flatiron building) is not conducive to a productive environment.

  8. "Decent company"

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good benefits, nice people

    Cons

    No clear guidelines for growth, low pay


  9. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Working at a Big 5 publisher, working on titles many people will interact with.

    Cons

    Long hiring process. Many contractors make for a confusing and changing environment where it seems like everyone is being trained. No real sense of community due to office layout.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture employees, or at least initiate check-ins.


  10. "Potential for a good experience, but avoiding change"

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    Former Employee - Permissions Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Permissions Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, plenty to do, good people

    Cons

    New ideas are not encouraged, projects are rushed, handoffs are not clean

    Advice to Management

    Empower your workers to create new workflows, the product will benefit and they will feel better about their work.


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