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David Steinberger
10 Ratings

    Great books, colleagues, esprit de corps....and stringent budgets and growing pains

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time for more than 8 years


    I joined Perseus after many years at other houses, and I think a lot of people here posting disgruntled comments about "politics" and lack of opportunity, must not have a lot of experience elsewhere! I've seen many employees here grow from entry level assistants to become department heads, change departments and divisions, create their own jobs, acquire new skills, and be supported by their managers and colleagues in doing so. Relative to other companies the Perseus culture is fairly 'flat' in terms of being non-heirarchical and informal and collegial. The company is however made up of several different companies, and several different divisions, in several different locaitons, and also serves hundreds of client publishers, so I guess some people may have had different experiences in different sub-cultures. I myself have grown enormously in my job and have had wonderful mentors who encouraged me to learn and to take more and more responsibility and to learn and try new things. Innovative thinking and doing is encouraged here. And I love my colleagues-- smart, hard-working, unpretentious, collegial, devoted book people who value things other than their own career ambitions, and who try to respect each other and have a good time working together.


    Perseus is very leanly staffed and has vey lean budgets. People below the corporate management level "get ahead' usually by doing more than one job, being their own assistant, working 50-60 hour weeks, and accepting that more work does not necessarily mean they will get more pay or any other external reward. Growth can be limited by the fact that there is simply no one to delegate to so you still have to do what you used to do, even when you are also doing something new . Promotions are rare and raises are skimpy, at least for the people who actually execute the quotidian tasks of editing, producing, marketing, selling, and distributing books. Systems are still a cumbersome patchwork since Perseus was borne of a merger of many different publishers and distribution companies. And there can be dysfunctional cultural divides and misunderstandings between publishers, clients, IT, production, the warehouse, customer service, etc. which are not helped by the absence of formal training programs, systems manuals, geographic splits and lack of communications involving ALL parties impacted by decisions, programs, and changes.

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    Perseus has a great culture, and is growing in smart ways to support the wonderful work of independent publishers. But while systems and tools are improving, work loads are rising while staff to handle it doesn't; and salaries & opportunities are static-to-worse over the last 3 years. People here used to be more positively engaged and less beleaguered and stressed and burnt out. Without some re-investment in re-energizing the people who do the work, will the culture be so great and employees so devoted next year or the year after?

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    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Perseus Books Group in September 2009.

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    Emailed my resume and was asked to come in for a 1 on 1.

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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

While books from this publishing group don't have wings, they do help readers travel great distances. The Perseus Books Group is a large independent publisher, made up of about a dozen separate imprints that are Perseus-owned, joint ventures, or owned by third parties. These include Avalon Travel (travel guides), PublicAffairs (non-fiction), Vanguard Press (fiction and non-fiction), and Westview Press (academic books). Perseus also distributes books from more than 300 smaller presses including Grove/Atlantic and ZAGAT Survey. Its Consortium unit provides marketing and... More

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