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One of the best in a shrinking industry

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

I have been working at Random House

Pros

Random House has truly great benefits, like extended vacation. The work environment as a whole is great with highly intelligent and creative coworkers. Publishing is a fun industry, with the majority of employees being very passionate about their work.

Cons

Random House suffers many of the ills from outdated business practices: It is very difficult to advance beyond mid-level. It's a very traditional company, so change is generally regarded as a four letter word. The environment is fairly political, so interdepartmental communication is discouraged. Publishing, as a whole, is notorious for its low paying positions.

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Modernize and do it fast, or risk being made redundant

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    Random House pretty decent place to work as long as you love books more than money (smirk)

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Random House

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance; great co-workers; great atmosphere of teamwork; job satisfaction; excitement of meeting authors; working to bring literature to the world; lots of group activity and friendliness; great cafeteria; lots of time off; paid holidays on top of vacation days, sick days, and personal days-- which you are actually encouraged to use; free books

    Cons

    low-pay; difficult business in which to advance; old-fashioned practices. It's difficult to feel like you're moving forward in this business. People seem to have to work at their jobs for many many years before receiving any sort of promotion or even recognition. This is mostly because the book publishing business is so small you almost have to wait for someone to retire, have babies, or die to get to move up.

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    Keep working on advancing us technologically; trust in junior staff

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    Great company in a difficult industry

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

    I worked at Random House

    Pros

    Random House has a respectful, appreciative attitude overall towards employees. There is plenty of opportunity to do wonderful projects, and to facilitate that, there are clear, organized systems and structures. In addition, the New York City headquarters building is a pleasure, and the company great benefits, including many weeks of vacation that make it possible to maintain a satisfying work-life balance. Overall, Random House is a special place.

    Cons

    Publishing is in bad shape, and working in a shrinking industry is hard. One hopes that Random House, with all its smart people, can find a way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bookstores may be the General Motors auto dealerships of the next decade. So leave the corporate comfort zone and make a commitment to figuring out 1) how to get books into the hands of people who don't go to bookstores; 2) ways to deliver content into nonpaper formats; 3) ways to generate revenue from content that don't involve selling "books." Pilot-test projects related to ideas around these topics. Then roll out on a wider basis.

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