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Skyhorse Publishing CEO Tony Lyons
Tony Lyons
50 Ratings
Pros
  • "I think there are 32 editors, so that's about 15 books per editor each season, which is higher than the 10-15 average at Big Five companies(in 11 reviews)

  • "They shape manuscripts, work with authors, write cover memos, learn the ins and outs of contracts, etc(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Don't believe the hype about "the fastest growing small publisher in America(in 13 reviews)

  • "Upper management doesn't care about the employees at all(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Teamwork in full force"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of moving parts in any company, and staff are supposed to ensure that those moving parts function smoothly. The entire operation can be tested when stakes and pressure are highest, and deadlines critically loom. We at Skyhorse had the opportunity to experience very high stakes, pressure, and deadlines recently when the Mueller Report was released on Thursday, April 18th, and Skyhorse was in a race with...

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    Cons

    Things are working out well so no complaints. But will be sure to bring them up if/when...

    Skyhorse Publishing2019-05-16
  2. Helpful (5)

    "The only thing I miss about this place was bagel friday."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Summer Fridays! Free Bagels. The office is super close to Penn Station. 9 to 5:30 work week.

      Cons

      It felt a lot like high school... Turnover like you wouldn't believe. Somehow, and I'm not sure how or why.... but apparently working 2 years as an assistant qualifies you to jump to a manager position with little to no managing experience. This place is quite the giggle when it comes to hiring and firing. In the time that I was there the entire publicity department quit, a new team was hired, and then shortly...

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      Advice to Management

      Get your life together...

      Skyhorse Publishing2019-01-29
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      "Steady work, good atmosphere"

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

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      With a reduction in the number of books targeted for publishing this year and into next, we have a steady and less stressful flow of work. Of course, challenges remain, but the array of titles is always interesting. It’s unfortunate that the company had to restructure earlier in the year and was forced to let go of some staff. The results though are more chances to get to know one another, and so more camaraderie at...

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      Cons

      I’ve read through past reviews here trying to assess whether the major cons raised in them are valid today. I honestly can say that I don’t think so. Of course, there's always room for improvement, so the company needs to stay on its toes.

      Advice to Management

      Keep those lines of communication with all staff open.

      Skyhorse Publishing2018-10-21

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      October 23, 2018Human Resources

      Thank you for your comments. As you suggest, we’re trying our best to keep on our toes, and provide an atmosphere where everyone here can feel good about coming to work each day.

    • "Take the negative reviews with a grain of salt."

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      Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      I’ve now been at Skyhorse for 2 1/2 years. It’s a great and unique publishing experience, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Being a smaller house, we’re able to react very quickly to the environment and any new publishing trends. That’s both a blessing and a curse. If you’re used to a rigid, structured environment, then it will be tough for you. You have to be willing to adapt and go with the flow. If you can handle...

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      Cons

      Sometimes we’re so busy in our own roles that we don’t see the bigger picture and it’s to our detriment. Sometimes decisions are made too quickly and then they have to be walked back. With a non-corporate environment, you have to take the good with the bad and roll with the punches. The good far outweighs the bad.

      Advice to Management

      The same as I’ve said previously, keep listening to your employees.

      Skyhorse Publishing2018-08-02
    • Helpful (6)

      "Not recommended"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time

      Pros

      It's a job. There are a few nice people there.

      Cons

      - Upper management that insists upon absolute control over everything while also being opaque and inconsistent, and constantly changing their mind. Any communication from them is tone-deaf and unclear, and it's often nonexistent. This type of management not feasible for the size of the company, and is difficult and generally awful to work for. - Focus is 100% on quantity of books over quality. As a result, workloads...

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      Skyhorse Publishing2018-07-10
    • Helpful (11)

      "Do not recommend."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      -My coworkers were hardworking, savvy, creative, and hilariously funny. I met some people here that I will stay friends with for a long time. -Young editors are given the opportunity to acquire their own titles, albeit with no training, support from management, mentorship, or insight into the potential of the proposed projects. -You do get a lot of vacation time and summer Fridays. Office attire is casual. If...

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      Cons

      -A lot of reviews on here call out management for being inexperienced which, in terms of years worked, is not true. I think the issue really is that they are self-interested and indifferent to the struggles of their employees. Any achievement by an employee is at best ignored and at worst belittled by management. I’ve seen managers actively take credit for their employees breakthrough projects and aggressively defend...

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      Advice to Management

      Reduce your staff back down to ten people and/or put some thought into who you hire. They should be more than disposable warm bodies.

      Skyhorse Publishing2018-04-12

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      April 27, 2018Human Resources

      In October, Skyhorse hosted an inclusion training workshop to educate all employees about unconscious bias. We are committed to ongoing education and efforts to attract and retain women and minorities. Staff and management at Skyhorse are diverse. From a total of 60 employees, 61% ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      "Getting better and better"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time

      Pros

      Skyhorse is an interesting place to work and I enjoy it. My co-workers are generally friendly, hardworking, and smart. The benefits are better than most other publishers--summer hours, leave at 2:30pm before all holidays, Christmas to New Year's week off etc.

      Cons

      Things were disorganized, but that's improving. Salaries were lower than Big 5 publishers, but now they start off at the same levels and go up faster.

      Skyhorse Publishing2018-01-13

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      January 30, 2018Human Resources

      Thank you for your comments. We're always trying to improve.

    • Helpful (10)

      "So much turnover, which should tell you all you need"

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      Former Employee - Employee in New York, NY
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Summer Fridays were nice to have I wore jeans to work everyday which was awesome Work life balance was reasonable Lots of young people right out of college so you feel the love that employees have towards what they do

      Cons

      Management is unprofessional and inexperienced For almost an entire year, they had no Human Resources Department, I heard they hired a part time person for this position Lots of inter company dating causing conflicts of interest Sexual harassment is an issue at this company SO MUCH turnover... constant new people You might come to work and find out an entire department was fired They take attendance and check what time...

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      Skyhorse Publishing2018-02-09

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      February 11, 2018Human Resources

      Individuals who comprise Skyhorse management have decades of experience in publishing, and well over a century of experience when combined. All are very professional and competent. It's not worth going tooth for tooth through the allegations of this review because they are groundless, ...

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    • Helpful (4)

      "Great publishing experience!"

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

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I've had a great Skyhorse experience. Sure, there is a lot of work, but if you manage your time efficiently and are willing to ask for help when needed, it should be manageable. The company is great for learning a lot about various aspects of the publishing industry, and being a smaller company means it has the ability to be more flexible and pursue projects that you wouldn't be allowed to do at a larger house. There...

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      Cons

      Depending where you sit, it can be difficult to concentrate sometimes with everyone talking around you--but that's what headphones are for. There is a lot of work, but like I said, nothing that is unmanageable. If you do feel overwhelmed, you can always discuss options with your manager.

      Advice to Management

      It's great to maintain an open-door policy so employees do feel comfortable talking to someone in management when needed. There are plenty of options, so everyone should have at least one person they're comfortable talking to.

      Skyhorse Publishing2017-12-16

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      December 18, 2017Human Resources

      Thank you for your comments and your “advice to management” note. Everyone at Skyhorse should feel comfortable raising issues, concerns, and ideas with management whenever necessary. This open communication is critical for smooth operations, and for a professional and congenial work ...

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    • Helpful (9)

      "Outlook Negative"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time

      Pros

      You may get lucky and work on a rare decent book. If you're entry-level, this may be a good networking opportunity since half the company is ran on the backs of younger hires, who may remember you later.

      Cons

      Please understand: every single 5-star review is fake. Basically every new employee is forced to leave one. The management saw negative Glassdoor reviews as an existential problem, and has invested major resources to rectify it--they would never put this much work into anything inside the company, however. If that's not a major red flag, I don't know what is. Don't believe the hype about "the fastest growing...

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      Advice to Management

      I don't think the management is interested in any advice, so I won't waste time giving it.

      Skyhorse Publishing2018-01-11

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      January 30, 2018Human Resources

      This review is unfair. In reality, the Outlook is Positive. Skyhorse is looking forward to an exciting year ahead despite challenges in the publishing industry. The workplace is dynamic and professional. No employee, new or veteran, has ever been “forced” to write a review. This reviewer ...

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