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Zondervan Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work and advance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zondervan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good salary. Good benefits. Great job security (for quality workers). Great future financial outlook.

    Cons

    Career growth possible but nothing beyond Sr. Director very likely; very corporate/legal/hr driven


  2. "Excellent opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and shared values that make it a wonderful place to work. Pay and benefits are not bad.

    Cons

    Owned by Harper Collins (and hence NewsCorp). Strategic cuts and reorganizations are not uncommon.

  3. "Good People, Fair Pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zondervan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to learn excellent PR skills as an intern.

    Cons

    Office can be very quiet via most communication is through email.


  4. "Beware, understaffed, odd culture"

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    Former Employee - Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    SOME great people, pay is fair. occasional food hangouts between divisions. Compensation and benefits are fair for Director positions and up

    Cons

    Meeting heavy, lack of job stability, culture is unstable since NewsCorp has taken over, overworked, lack of support, understaffed, dead cubicle atmosphere. NO TRAINING.... Be prepared to fall on your face if you don't push and scream for somebody to spend time to welcome you into the team (understaffed). Politically correct culture (religious wise).

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't take advice usually. Shoestring budgets from Newscorp (rupert murdoch & co) are killing the excitement and the employees are not that happy even if you think they are. Do a polling of each division to privately gauge fulfillment and happiness levels of the employees... you would be surprised.


  5. "Lpn"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work.

    Cons

    No diversity in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions.


  6. "exemployer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benifets, get free books

    Cons

    doesnt care for their employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be the best place to work. Merger has left many scars."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Department ( Senior Level, Non-selling Role) in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Department ( Senior Level, Non-selling Role) in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to openly embrace your faith in a work setting. Great work ethic, support of mission. Benefits (although shrinking over time) are still better than most companies, especially in regard to work/family balance (paid time allocation is generous and appreciated).

    Cons

    Merger with Tomas Nelson smashed an apple with an orange -- sour taste in the mouths of many at Zondervan (where no power remains-just ask anyone). New open concept office is a disaster -- no privacy -- hard to concentrate, feels like a call center. Involvement from parent company feels excessively burdensome -- the culture is suffering (culture is a very fragile thing). Hard to get staff the pay levels the market is paying.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being blind to the obvious bias to grow/support Nashville location at the expense of Grand Rapids. Some employees remain very under-paid (mostly long term employees). Trust more.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It was a good experience, learned lots."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great. They told me in the interview the employees were very committed to the mission of the company and I didn't realize just how much until I attended my first sales conference.

    Cons

    There was a lot of turn over. We had a difficult time supporting new and smaller authors/titles. Also, being owned by HarperCollins had it's challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Either take completely over or go hands off.


  9. "Once a great place with mission, now sadly in decline."

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    Former Employee - Word of Mouth Marketing Strategist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Word of Mouth Marketing Strategist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zondervan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great team of coworkers with very little backbiting, political infighting, and gossip. The people who work here genuinely (usually) want to make a contribution to the greater mission of the company, and they love their work. (You don't generally go into publishing to get wealthy!)

    Cons

    Since the parent company (HarperCollins) acquired Thomas Nelson, the Thomas Nelson leadership has now been placed over Zondervan and the new combined organization has a very vague sense of mission and purpose. Further: Many Zondervan employees have been laid-off and most coworkers feel a sense of impending doom for the company and their own careers.

    Advice to Management

    You need a COO to run Zondervan locally. The occasional departmental meetings ("Town Halls") with the current CEO, Mark Schoenwald, isn't cutting it.


  10. "Vice President of Finance interfacing with Corporate and the Shared Services Center. Generally a well managed company."

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Finance in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Vice President of Finance in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HarperCollins is the parent company which provides competitive direction towards the digitization of book publishing, information technology, distribution, and other general business practices. Zondervan was able to operate in a quasi-independent manner with the assistance of corporate knowledge in New York.

    Cons

    Decisions were not always made by the Zondervan management but we passed down from the parent company in New York. Additionally, long-term strategic planning and direction were often predetermined due to the talent and staffing levels of HarperCollins NY therefore the senior management team was not in complete control of their destiny.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the working relationship with HarperCollins by having more of it's own forward thinking stategic opportunities rather than waiting for direction and instructions from Corporate in NY>


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