Harlequin Enterprises Reviews

Updated Dec 11, 2019

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Harlequin Enterprises CEO and Publisher Craig Swinwood  (no image)
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  1. "A great place to work."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work which makes a contribution to culture. Supportive and engaged colleagues. Positive environment for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy but that is the nature of the business. Changing retail environment for our products.

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    Harlequin Enterprises2019-12-05
  2. "good company, industry in transition"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunity to work on books with good authors

    Cons

    a lot of stressors from industry in transition

    Harlequin Enterprises2019-12-11
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Favouritism /unfair/slow progression/lack of leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    work life balance downtown location (close to transit)

    Cons

    Many people have been here for 15+ years and have just made their way up being friends with the "right people". The organization is top heavy HR is non existent. I dont see the HR reps since moving downtown. They dont care if employees are successful and progressing in their careers. They only care of their own jobs and try to keep things from employees. Half the company is on medical and stress leave (saying something about the environment)but people are not told and are expected to cover the person who has gone on leave without added compensation or clear direction There is a huge play on 'favouritism'. If you are a part of the correct group of people then you have MANY benefits like working from home while babysitting the kids and not paying for daycare, working 5 hours a day, or just decide to take the day off without letting anyone know. While if you are not a part of that and just sincere then you have to show up every single day (even if its ice rain and snow), not allowed to work from home and dont get any compensation. There is a complete lack of leadership. Most managers are fearful of speaking their mind in order to save their own jobs. The attitude is to let things be the way it is because if someone ruffles feathers, they will be looked as the 'disturber' The company isnt doing well and the way the leadership takes things and manages the company, it wont take too long for the higher up bosses in New York to take an action and there will be many consequences for many people and jobs, unfortunately for those who also work hard.

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    Harlequin Enterprises2019-11-07
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great work life balance, poor leaders at the top"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly. Good work life balance. Lots of opportunity to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    No clear direction from leadership team. Decisions are made with no input from people below the VP level. Always being asked to do more with less, and then leadership team is surprised when numerous people go out on stress leave. HR is pretty useless.

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    Harlequin Enterprises2019-11-06
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Harlequin"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    New employees are treated very well

    Cons

    less care given to long-standing employees

    Harlequin Enterprises2019-10-07
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Ok"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co workers and relatively good work life balance

    Cons

    Leadership is outdated and exercises heavy favoritism. They claim to be innovative and current when in fact the business practices are anything but.

    Harlequin Enterprises2019-09-21
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nowhere to go"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Great people trying their best.

    Cons

    The company is very slow to advance people. There's no clear track for advancement, and the metrics for success in any given position are largely a mystery.

    Harlequin Enterprises2019-04-24
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Old-Fashioned Company, very slow to innovate"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good benefits - Free books - Bought out by HarperCollins Canada, Harper Collins is cool

    Cons

    - Corporate culture can be toxic - a lot of the employees have worked there for 10-20+ years and are very stuck in their ways - Very blame oriented, everyone needs to point a finger and be reprimanded BEFORE a solution can be found - A lot of inefficient processes

    Harlequin Enterprises2019-04-05
  9. "Awesome"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Highly recommend to anyone interested in working in publishing. Managers are awesome and really interested in helping you move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Fewer jobs at the top (like any company, I guess), and they’re awesome so people don’t leave them very often, making it harder to get into prime spots (like editor).

    Harlequin Enterprises2018-01-06
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harlequin Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    - a lot of free books - great work life balance - friendly HR

    Cons

    - very outdated internal systems - uninspiring culture, no one really cares about their job - slow paced with little opportunity for growth

    Harlequin Enterprises2017-09-19
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