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Skyhorse Publishing Employee Reviews about "editors"

Updated May 15, 2019

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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. 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 less 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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  2. Helpful (9)

    "Management is highly unethical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time

    Pros

    You gain a lot of experience quickly.

    Cons

    - Management is unethical (but people haven't sued because the publisher is a lawyer), highly manipulative, and views millennials as pawns/fodder (use them for all the energy they have and kick them out when they want too much aka fair compensation and work environment.) - Highly toxic atmosphere - Everyone is overworked to the extreme - Terribly low advances for authors - Publicity works on so many titles that they...

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    Advice to Management

    Care about your books and employees. Good luck avoiding bankruptcy!

    Skyhorse Publishing2017-11-02

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    November 3, 2017Human Resources

    It is a fact that Skyhorse offers people the opportunity to gain experience quickly. We’re disappointed that you choose to cast untrue aspersion on the company, but we hope that your time here will benefit you as you go forward in your career. We encourage visitors to this Glassdoor ...

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "Exciting, enlightening, positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Assistant to the Publisher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've spent the last year working closely with the Publisher, Tony Lyons and other senior leadership at Skyhorse. I've found my time at Skyhorse to be immensely enriching in both personal and professional development. Upon demonstrating the value one can bring to the company, senior leadership is remarkably open in allowing junior/entry-level employees great autonomy in seeking out, pursuing and acquiring titles that fit...

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    Cons

    Workload - as an overwhelming majority of other reviews also state, workload is a serious consideration with respect to whether Skyhorse is the right fit for someone. It takes a certain type of person who feels excited/energized by a multitude of responsibilities to succeed at Skyhorse; and it takes a large degree of understanding one's own assets and limitations in order to realize success here. Of the people that don't...

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    Advice to Management

    Try to find ways to improve transparency in the company; more direct communication from the top down. Additionally, continue to find ways to encourage a culture of support/community.

    Skyhorse Publishing2017-06-06

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    June 9, 2017Human Resources

    Thanks for your review. You point out aspects that we believe make Skyhorse such a dynamic place to work. Add to the mix the fact that, yes, there's always been a lot of work to do over the past ten years of growth, and this year is no different as we're publishing over one thousand ...

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  4. Helpful (17)

    "I hope it's changed"

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

    I worked at Skyhorse Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Hour lunch, the oppressively overwhelming deadlines and complete lack of respect from the upper management forges closer friendships throughout the lower ranks. Smaller publishing house means you have to wear a lot of hats, which expands on your experience.

    Cons

    There's a lot I could say about Skyhorse, but I'll save it for my therapist. I've been quiet watching the rating go up as I know that upper management puts the pressure on the people below to post positive reviews so that no one ever really knows what's going on there, but Skyhorse was probably one of the worst experiences of my life. I pride myself on working hard, on loving a challenge, but even if you are a total workaholic...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't bother replying to this. Respect your people more. Do SOMETHING about the VP. Or do whatever you want, it doesn't matter much more to me.

    Skyhorse Publishing2016-09-24

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    September 28, 2016Human Resources

    Thank you for your direct and honest review. It's difficult to guess when you might have worked here at Skyhorse, but we can assure you that things have indeed changed: salaries and benefits have increased, and staff and management communications and interactions are clearer, smoother, ...

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Company I've grown to respect"

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

    I have been working at Skyhorse Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As has been noted in many comments throughout this site, Skyhorse is in a constant state of accelerated growth and change, requiring all who work here to bring our best game to the company in exchange for opportunities of increased salaries and responsibilities that come with riding this bull. I came here from one of the big publishing firms, where the environment was less intense and much less interesting, and the...

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    Cons

    Still a hell of a lot of work. Do I have other critiques? Of course, but I've addressed them to our management and CEO and they're being dealt with. I'm writing more as a nod to this company that I've grown to respect.

    Advice to Management

    Be very clear with prospective employees as far as expectations. Skyhorse may well be the best place for an ambitious editor to grow, but it is not for everyone.

    Skyhorse Publishing2016-08-23

    Skyhorse Publishing Response

    September 8, 2016Human Resources

    Thanks very much for your review. We appreciate your candidness. The respect you noted goes both ways! Please continue to raise any critiques or concerns you may have.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 (3)

      "4 Stars"

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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 less than a year

      Pros

      *Interesting variety of books published. You will not find a list like this anywhere else. *Nice office that has recently expanded to include an extra floor. Will be much more comfortable and roomy once the move is complete. *Good processes that include a final check where everyone signs off on the finished product. This type of final check doesn't happen at many publishers where acquiring editors can be more hands...

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      Cons

      *Sometimes unclear expectations or unexpected last minute change of plans. *Tight and occasionally competing deadlines, not always explained or understood which projects take priority over others. *Heavy workload. *Slightly longer than average hours (M-F 9:00 to 5:30 instead of M-F 9:00 to 5:00).

      Advice to Management

      The company is definitely improving. You have been making a lot of changes and they are appreciated. I would suggest changing the hours to 9:00 to 5:00. People who are focused on their jobs will stay late anyway to get their work done. No need to force it and sometimes leaving at 5:00 would be a real treat for many people. I have heard that salaries are below the market average. This is okay for a smaller publishing company...

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      Skyhorse Publishing2015-08-26

      Skyhorse Publishing Response

      October 19, 2015Associate Publisher

      Thanks for the thorough and specific review! We are taking your suggestions seriously as we work to make things even better for our hardworking team.

    • Helpful (4)

      "Learn a Lot, Learn Quickly, and Work With Great People"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I think people tend to post in these things only when they have something negative to say--I think people with positive experiences tend to stay quiet, which is why I'm jumping in. Skyhorse certainly isn't for everyone--no company is--but it's for people who really want to work in New York City publishing, one of the most exciting industries in the world. If people want to...

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      Cons

      Skyhorse publishes a ton of books and, accordingly, there is a lot of work.

      Skyhorse Publishing2014-09-22
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