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Skyhorse Publishing Reviews

Updated May 15, 2019

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Skyhorse Publishing CEO Tony Lyons
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50 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Unparalleled Opportunities in the Industry, If You're Lucky and Work Hard; Some Indignities Must Be Endured"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Publishing is a competitive industry for all the wrong reasons, but what's great about Skyhorse is that it gives a voice to editors and authors who deserve a chance to make books and can't get it in a shrinking industry as the Big 5 merge. I've seen entry-level kids fresh out of college or career-changers who don't lose their wide-eyed and ambitious dreams and solid work ethic rise up fast in a way that's unusual for...

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    Cons

    The pace is super fast and the volume is super high, and sometimes important things are lost in the hustle--from quality of content, to faithfulness to the book we set out to create, to publicity/marketing/sales support to books that deserve a bigger shot, to opportunities for learning between junior and senior staff, to meaningful communication among staff and with outside authors/freelancers. And historically compensation...

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    Advice to Management

    Attract and retain more passionate, smart, and ambitious employees, and continue to work on building a sense of team. Reward good work from junior members, and continue mentoring programs. It's great you're trying to address the legitimate complaints people have made in person and in the shadows, but it's going to be a nonstop process to improve the reputation enough to have it be a self-sustaining equilibrium of good...

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    Skyhorse Publishing2016-04-01

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    April 5, 2016Human Resources

    Thanks very much for your honest and comprehensive review. You pull no punches and we appreciate that. You basically opened the curtain to the full atmosphere at Skyhorse, from the rush and excitement we experience in producing a vast array of books, to the pressures and stresses ...

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "The way I see it..."

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

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Skyhorse has hired two very experienced senior people -- David Talbot who runs Hot Books, and Mark Gompertz who I guess is the new driving force behind editorial. These are top notch people and I'm proud to be working with them, and with all my colleagues. Almost everyone at the company is fairly new (57 out of 83 people, I was told). There's a feeling of movement, of excitement, and there are a lot of high quality books...

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    Cons

    It's a little hard to tell what's going to happen next.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't been here long enough to start giving advice. Nevertheless, I guess I might as well ask for what I really want. Make a rule that after two years editorial employees can work from home one day a week. We would get a lot more editing done that day!

    Skyhorse Publishing2016-02-28

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    March 1, 2016Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments. Without a doubt there are a lot of top notch people at Skyhorse! With regard to your suggestion, currently two pod leaders in the company work from home one day per week. Letting some editors have an editorial day is certainly worth considering.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Keeping up with quick changes and fast growth"

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    Current Employee - Production in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The thing I like best about working at Skyhorse is how quickly it's changing. When I started about 9 months ago in production, things were messy because two pretty senior people had left. I got to meet one of them and she was very nice. She left, even though she liked the company and was and still is close friends with a bunch of people, because she was exhausted after five intense years at the company. She said that...

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    Cons

    Because the company is growing so fast, there's always a lot to learn and sometimes no one to teach you. Clearly if you're not a self starter, this will be tough for you. I try to roll wit it, but it's not always easy though I worked at a bunch of difficult jobs while in college. Still though, I'm learning a lot - fast.

    Advice to Management

    That's a tough one because I've only been working in production in publishing for under a year. I guess I'll just say, remember that we're all working really hard and make sure to give us more raises! I got a $5,000 raise in December from $30,000 to $35,000. I'd like to think that I'll get that raise each year for the next three years. It might help if someone explained to me what the likelihood of that is, since it will...

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    Skyhorse Publishing2016-02-29

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    March 1, 2016Human Resources

    Thanks for your honesty. Generally, raises at Skyhorse are based on merit rather than time at the company. If you continue to work hard and impress the person you report to with your dedication and attention to detail, then you will be certain to receive substantial raises.

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Skyhorse is on its way to becoming a great company"

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

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing

    Pros

    Skyhorse is a company that moves quickly and expects a lot of its employees. It publishes about 950 books a year through its14 imprints. 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. The editorial directors are first rate and there's a new system in place to train junior editors. I think this is a great place to launch or grow...

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    Cons

    It's important to realize that there are a small number of former employees writing scathing reviews here. Don't believe them. But don't believe the all the five star hype either. Skyhorse asks a lot of its employees and, for some, it was just too much. Clearly they didn't enjoy their time at the company and it left them, in some cases probably justifiably, with a bitter taste in their mouths. They did their very best...

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    Advice to Management

    Rent more space, expand the training/mentorship program that you started, and continue to invest in your employees by improving the benefits.

    Skyhorse Publishing2016-02-01

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    February 10, 2016Human Resources

    Thanks very much for your comments. It's clear from the many reviews, regardless of how many stars, that the work environment at Skyhorse is challenging. We're grateful and proud that we have so many talented and outstanding staff who thrive, excel, stay and grow with the company. ...

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Acquisition Editor"

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

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been working at Skyhorse for 18 months and I enjoy the challenge of the work and I enjoy the people. Skyhorse is publishing books that can be controversial but they are books that matter and that have an impact. Tony Lyons, the CEO, is taking on critical issues, such as the excessive corporate influence over American life. If you want a career in publishing that has meaning and you're not afraid to work hard, then...

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    Cons

    Skyhorse isn't a place for those who want to get lost in a large publishing house. Skyhorse has been unfairly criticized for publishing on topics that rattle some cages.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the envelope.

    Skyhorse Publishing2016-01-21

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    January 21, 2016Human Resources

    Thank you. There are indeed cool people working here, and the work is interesting even though it can be challenging at times. As you advise, we will keep pushing the envelope with the wide range of books we publish.

  6. Helpful (4)

    "The fastest-growing independent publisher"

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      Current Employee - Editorial Director in New York, NY
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Skyhorse is all about growth. This company is the fastest-growing independent publisher in the country. Over the past few years, most publishing companies have contracted, facing shrinking profits and laying off staff. Skyhorse, on the other hand, has just had its best year ever and has hired dozens of new employees—of which I am one. I have been with the company for almost four months, brought in to help with the new...

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      Cons

      The workload can be daunting; you need to be organized and willing to work hard.

      Advice to Management

      When I started, Human Resources mentioned that a 401k plan was in development. This would be a very nice addition to the additional time off given to all employees this year.

      Skyhorse Publishing2016-01-20

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      January 21, 2016Human Resources

      We greatly appreciate your comments. We're in the process of evaluating a 401k plan to implement as soon as possible as an addition to the benefits we offer. The speed of growth you mention wouldn't be possible without the talent and hard work of all staff at Skyhorse. Thank you!

    • Helpful (6)

      "Skyhorse Publishing"

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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

      Pros

      I’ve been working at Skyhorse for three months and am challenged every day, by the amount of work there is to do here. However, I should say that the work has been interesting, and the structure of the company is such that everyone pretty much needs to be a self-starter and can rise through the ranks quickly if one does well. In other words, there’s a start-up feel here. It’s not vertically integrated. One doesn’t get...

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      Cons

      This place won't work for you if you expect to sit around most of the day checking personal email and Facebook, and do only a few hours of real work, as at many large companies.

      Advice to Management

      Everything is moving in the right direction. Keep it up!

      Skyhorse Publishing2015-12-11

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      December 13, 2015Human Resources

      Thanks very much for your review. You gave a pretty good oversight of how things are in the company. Yes, lots to do. But also, yes, lots of latitude with which to do it. We're doing our best, with everyone's help, to keeping things on track as we continue to grow.

    • Helpful (9)

      "Editorial"

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

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing

      Pros

      I recently began working here after starting my career at another small publishing house and then many years in large corporate publishing companies. What a welcome relief to return to a dynamic environment where people get to perform many functions, act on new ideas, exercise creative freedom , and--most importantly--want to succeed. But unlike larger places where the year in and year out emphasis on the P&L permeates...

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      Cons

      Before accepting the job, a couple of the reviews here gave me pause. But reading between the lines made me understand that somebody had an ax to grind. I have not experienced anything onerous and, in fact, one of the first things I learned was that we will be given off between Christmas and New Years this year. Yes, people are moving at the speed of light. Yes people work very hard and long hours. Yes, plans suddenly...

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      Advice to Management

      As the company grows, there will be growing pains and the temptation to adapt the processes of large companies. Resist that urge. Remember to keep a small company mentality even when you grow

      Skyhorse Publishing2015-11-20

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      December 11, 2015Human Resources

      We appreciate all the experience that you are bringing to Skyhorse, and thank you for your review. You offered a comparative glimpse of what it's like at larger companies. Yes, we will continue to grow, and we will endeavor to retain that dynamic atmosphere that you noted.

    • Helpful (4)

      "Skyhorse Publishing after 9 years."

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      Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Visionary Publisher/CEO; a huge variety of books published (literature, children's picture books, YA fiction, politics, gift books, photography, humor, cookbooks, and much more); the opportunity to learn and grow, energetic and talented staff; a company that started with 8 people in 2006 now has over 80 people and continues to grow in an era when many publishers are stagnant or cutting back. Employees that started as...

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      Cons

      Employees are expected to work hard and produce in their assigned tasks and are told when their work needs to improve. There are not all the amenities that you might find at a "big" corporation, but that is also the sign of a company that is smart about the way it is managing it's money and planning it's future.

      Advice to Management

      Keep on growing the company, and continue to reward hard work and imagination.

      Skyhorse Publishing2015-12-04

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      December 11, 2015Human Resources

      Thank you for your review. Over the past five years, we've asked a lot of our staff as we've been steadily growing. We've needed to operate frugally and make smart decisions over this time, so that today we can offer higher salaries and greater benefits to everyone.

    • Helpful (9)

      "The job that made me switch careers"

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

      I worked at Skyhorse Publishing

      Pros

      It's between Penn Station and Port Authority, even though I call that corridor running the homeless gauntlet.

      Cons

      Today I just celebrated a 20% raise at my current job and wandered onto memory lane, thinking about how I got here today. I have to say this internship was one of those stepping stones. It was so terrible I lost interest in the publishing industry and found a job in tech. Now, so many years later, I'm happy I stumbled onto this crappy internship posting on craigslist. So, thank you, Skyhorse Publishing for being so utterly,...

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      Advice to Management

      You're on your own.

      Skyhorse Publishing2016-01-17

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      January 19, 2016Human Resources

      Thank you for your review. Respect among all staff at Skyhorse - entry-level, senior staff, management, and CEO - is of utmost importance, and is an operating principle that we do not compromise. We're sorry that you felt disrespected as an intern while you were here. This absolutely ...

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