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Random House Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
53 Reviews
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Random House Chairman and CEO Markus Dohle
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Pros
  • I think those little perks help bring a good work-life balance, especially in a city like NY (in 13 reviews)

  • Endless supply of free books and collectors' proof copies (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay rates or bonus structure (in 10 reviews)

  • The publishing industry is a dying industry, as reading is no longer a primary form of entertainment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Random House

    Pros

    Awesome Benefits, great atmosphere, creative environment, enjoyable work, decent hours

    Cons

    salary, rate of promotions in finance, high turnover, limited bonus structure, industry changing

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    Great Intern Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House

    Pros

    I learned a lot while interning at Random House. They really put a lot of thought in to it, and they want to expose you to as many different aspects of the industry as possible.

    Cons

    Not every editor knows how to mentor an intern. I interned for an editor who really didn't know what to teach me or how to teach me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great benefits but little opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offers the highest salary, the best benefits, and the most vacation in the industry. (Though that's not saying all THAT much - starting salaries industry-wide are notoriously low.) You do feel like the company cares about its employees, which is unusual.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement - higher-ups don't seem to leave, and many aren't invested in training or mentoring their assistants for a career in publishing. You could languish in an entry-level job for years (and many do).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some time in your assistants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Passionate, family-oriented and laid back environment

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Random House as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone who works here truly loves what they do. There's lots of perks and a generous time-off policy. General consensus is that if you do your work, no one bothers you.

    Cons

    There's little room for professional growth here and people tend to get too comfortable to quit. There's a lot of folks who've been here for generations, occupying high level positions who, for example, still have no clue on how to convert a scan to a pdf. I've been here for a year now and have seen 3 people leave the company after not being promoted after 5-9 years of service, but stayed because there were comfortable with the company culture and other perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps, if RH paid their employees more there would be a better retention rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Random House

    Pros

    Free books, friendly colleagues, working with books

    Cons

    No work-life balance, not much room for growth

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great company culture, and full of passionate people who love what they do. Benefits are exceptional, with plenty of vacation days.

    Cons

    Some of the management has been in place for perhaps longer than they should be. It can be frustrating to have bosses who don't seem all that invested in seeing your career grow. Promotions are difficult to achieve - many only got promoted after they countered with offers from other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn, hard to move up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Editorialand Marketing/Publicity in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Editorialand Marketing/Publicity in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at a small imprint within such a large company was great because I got the opportunity to try different fields, learn a lot about the general process of book publishing. I was encouraged and nurtured by the people on the team. Plus the person in HR was simply amazing. It also had good benefits within it like yoga. I think those little perks help bring a good work-life balance, especially in a city like NY.

    Cons

    It was very hard to advance. Even with great networking and people liking the work I was doing, it was still too big a company to try and make yourself know. It was hard to truly make yourself shine in a larger scale. I saw that in order to move up you had to go elsewhere and then come back. I didn't feel that company loyalty was such an important factor for them. I wish it were

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work on exciting projects and brilliant people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - You get to work on books that make history.
    - Coworkers are brilliant, best in the business.
    - Employee perks are good. They're not Google, but better than most companies.
    - Free books!

    Cons

    - Cafeteria could be better. Not as bad as most employees complain about.
    - Seating / office space is a disaster. They rented out half the floors in the building to save money but now they have no seating for most employees so you often see people sitting in phone rooms or conference rooms turned into multi-employee rooms.
    - Constant re-orgs and upper/middle management seems to be laid off constantly which creates a negative work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the seating / office space issue!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thrilling job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Random House full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of what's happening in the world, meeting with big names in our culture - both pop and academic. Day is flexible.

    Cons

    Pay is low. You have to put in a lot of time to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Freelance for an RH division

    Former Contractor - Writer
    Former Contractor - Writer

    I worked at Random House as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, nice, fun, creative, paid on time

    Cons

    Can always use more money

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