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Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Penguin Group

Pros

team work, good comp, promotion

Cons

lots of work, hard parking, requires more managers

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keep up the good work

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company

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

    I have been working at Penguin Group

    Pros

    it definetely is a great company to work at. Lots of nice people. huge, as it has multiple floors and you can get lost.

    Cons

    As nice as it is, if you are not into books, this is not the place to be. Can get quite boring at times because of lack of challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for doing what was necessary to keep everyone employed - no layoffs. Keep up the good work. We appreciate the fact that you care deeply about the workers.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice atmosphere, poor management

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

    I worked at Penguin Group

    Pros

    Penguin has a good reputation and a lot of talented editors, so there are opportunities to work on interesting/high profile projects and the quality of work is high. Editorial staff here learn a lot and make important contacts. Depending on your immediate supervisor the atmosphere is relaxed and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Many of Penguin's practices are antiquated - even for the generally old-fashioned publishing industry - and instead of helping productivity end up creating busy work. Promotions are slow in coming and happen haphazardly. Many editors are frustrated by publisher and management decisions, but there is no way to communicate dissatisfaction or problems within departments to higher level supervisors. There is constant pressure to publish "commercial" projects and to steer away from "literary" titles, and you can expect to work late or on the weekends a few times a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Penguin has an elaborate performance evaluation system in place, but it only works from the top down. Problems with mid-level management often go unnoticed by those in a position to address problems. Adding peer reviews or 360 degree reviews - bottom to top reviews - would be useful in at least increasing communication within the company.

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