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Macmillan Publishers Reviews

Updated Nov 1, 2019

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3.6
72%
Recommend to a Friend
85%
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Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent (no image)
John Sargent
64 Ratings
Pros
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  • "It's not specific to this company but to publishing in general, low pay for administrative departments(in 14 reviews)

  • "No cons, great learning experience(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Mailer"

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    Mailer in Kings Cross, England

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers for less than a year

    Pros

    everyone was very friendly Lovely workspace Calm and lively atmosphere

    Cons

    not really any cons

    Macmillan Publishers2018-12-16
  2. "Great company, great people, great products"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Always ambitious and looking to stay ahead of the rest of the trade publishing industry both in terms of its acquisition strategy and its use of technology, workflow and analytics.

    Cons

    Lack of training and somewhat clique senior management.

    Macmillan Publishers2019-10-16
  3. "Great company and team"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The working environment was very welcoming and supportive, a real sense of family.

    Cons

    Management structure, no progression within the company, no training and complex creative development processes.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more emphasis on training and creative lead taken upon the producers.

    Macmillan Publishers2019-06-26
  4. "A good company, better staff."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse/Forklift Operator in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, Security, Team work, Training, Progression.

    Cons

    Certain shift patterns, Reactive not Proactive.

    Macmillan Publishers2019-04-01
  5. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in Swansea, Wales

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits close to home

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Macmillan Publishers2019-02-11
  6. "Lovely Stuff"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smashing team and coffee, really firindly, like, guys.

    Cons

    Poverty, it's not needed. really.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chill pill.

    Macmillan Publishers2018-11-28
  7. "Lovely company, but limited progression and below-average wages"

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    Current Employee - Editor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A perfect work-life balance combined with a friendly team and lots of little perks.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average from my experience and it is impossible to talk about pay rises, as you aren't allowed to bring them up in your appraisals. The office is overwhelmingly white and middle-class. There is a big focus on improving diversity, but that is directed at race only; if you're from outside of London and/or working class, you'll feel like you stick out.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest about progression in pay and job title. Talking about money is not a bad thing - that's what we're working for! Improving salaries would mean people who weren't born and bred in London will be able to afford to move and work here – that is an easy way to improve diversity.

    Macmillan Publishers2018-07-20
  8. Helpful (3)

    "The people make the place. But HR is a shambles."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    The people are lovely. Everyone wants to help each other rather than compete with each other. It's a collaborative and fun culture. It's a huge pro and the main reason people stay so long.

    Cons

    Career progression is non-existent. And mixed messages from HR - one minute there are salary bands for each role, next minute there aren't. There is also a huge disparity between male and female salaries. And the way men and women are treated in general. Men tend to get noticed more within the business. Internal comms and IT were also frustrating issues. Almost no confidentiality. Not sure if this came... from HR department or elsewhere.

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    Advice to Management

    Sort out HR

    Macmillan Publishers2018-02-23
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant Publishers!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Publishers full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, supportive management, transparency from the top. Great benefits. Lovely building. Good location.

    Cons

    Can't think of any - it's a great company to work for.

    Macmillan Publishers2017-10-24
  10. Helpful (3)

    "In a bad way"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Macmillan Publishers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Often lots of opportunity for career progression - particularly if in Editorial

    Cons

    In a constant state of Change No sense of job security Heavy turnover of staff Pressure is on upper management meaning lack of resources, time, funds and support to those on the ground Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Show your associates that you appreciate - and need - them

    Macmillan Publishers2017-10-18
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