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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated June 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "Macmillan puts their employees first, great medical benefits and work/life balance" (in 14 reviews)

  • "They have intern resume workshops, and the people are friendly" (in 7 reviews)

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

  • "The pay - one of the lowest paying in our industry, entry level is around 29,000" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love working here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEO and Upper Management are incredibly accessible and open
    Nimble and easy to move and shift
    Minimal bureaucracy
    Trusting
    Kind
    Fair
    Visionaries
    Good pay
    Good products
    Work life balance

    Cons

    I have worked at 4 companies in the industry and after 2 years here, I cannot think of a con. It is by far an incredible place to be. The industry is changing a lot so that could be hard for an outsider but from someone in the industry, this company is incredible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and looking a few steps ahead for us so we can continue to grow and remain relevant in the industry.


  2. "Great publishing firm for a dying industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Optimistic environment! Friendly coworkers. Amazing office locations

    Cons

    Publicists cant get a hold of great authors that usually go to other publishing firms.

  3. "inconsistent management, good culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    The expectations placed on the marketing team at Macmillan are generally totally reasonable, and the atmosphere is one of creativity and collaboration. There is also great variety to the titles that are acquired by the great editorial departments.

    Cons

    Salaries are low when compared to other large publishers. Budgets for non block buster titles can be very limited, which makes it hard to always do new and exciting things.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the management is very strong. However, promotions are made based on business success rather than management strength or know how, so the level of supervision is very hit or miss.


  4. "Good company, good people, not the best pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and knowledgeable. You have a lot to gain experience-wise.

    Cons

    They just don't pay enough to keep people.

    Advice to Management

    You already know you don't pay enough. No reason to beat a dead horse.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very low-key company culture, a lot of flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of clear management and expectations from entry level roles


  6. "Great company with senior management issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    majority-female office, flexible with time off, relaxed corporate culture

    Cons

    salary is low, HR doesn't take you seriously, poor communication from upper executives


  7. "Okay for WFH"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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