Penguin Group (USA)

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Penguin Group (USA) Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
32 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, decent internship

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

    Pros

    Well, it pays, unlike most internships in the publishing world and elsewhere, though the pay is still low. My coworkers were friendly and eager to help, and there was a nice mix of boring clerical work and stuff that was actually challenging and rewarding. For someone looking to become an editor, it's hard to think of a better place to start.

    Cons

    You will have to do a lot of work at home, especially any reading you're assigned. This doesn't sound bad at first, until you realize that a future at this company means almost never getting to read books of your own choosing. Sometimes the people seem TOO friendly -- it was hard for me to tell how well I was really doing, or what I could do better. In the end, I didn't want to work in publishing, so it wasn't the job for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seemed to be a serious absence of ethnic and cultural diversity at Penguin -- at least for any floor above the mail room.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Decent experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Office environment is fairly relaxed and positive. People at the company are mostly friendly and will provide support as asked. Good vacation policy.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth in certain departments and people can be pigeon-holed. Frustrating to see employees who are under performing but are still holding a position. Pay is on the lower side.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Fantastic company benefits, low salaries

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

    Pros

    Solid support system across the company, plus the support of teams of enthusiastic, intelligent, and passionate people.

    Cons

    Low salaries--but that's typical for the publishing industry (at least in editorial). Increasing pressure to produce "hits" meant long hours under a lot of pressure. There was a high turnover due to poor managerial skills, at least in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company, passionate people, lacking in some areas

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Incredibly talented people
    - Positive corporate culture
    - Employees are generally friendly, happy, intelligent, and motivated - a rare find

    Cons

    - Compensation is beyond minimal. No one in publishing expects to make the big bucks, but it is rather deflating to work for such a revered publisher and not be able to afford the city it is based out of.
    - The internal infrastructure and promotion structure is flawed. Penguin is not good at appreciating talent and promoting or giving money to keep good employees around. Promotions are few and far between. Unfortunately several colleagues (who were genuinely talented individuals) have had to move out to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the talent you have - work to keep employees around who work just as hard for you every day.

  6.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good, cooperative atmosphere. Product (books) that one can be enthusiastic about. Always intellectually challenging.

    Cons

    Not clear what will be the effect of the merger with Random House. Also, old Penguin was very stingy with salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Not bad, could be better

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

    Pros

    Great list to work on, fantastic vacation time, and fairly decent benefits. There's a great work-life balance to be had in publishing, but especially at this company.

    Cons

    It's top heavy with executives and depending on which department you're in, there's not a lot of room for growth and expansion. Loyalty is not rewarded until you have another offer in hand. I've also found a lot of micromanaging in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more time for management training because there are a lot of people who could use it. The merger should also allow for better benefits and salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subsidiary Rights Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Subsidiary Rights Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    The pay was decent. Entry level was 32,000, which was a lot of money to me at the time. My supervisors were great. The environment was great. I learned a lot and took home a lot of free books. My colleagues were smart, friendly and professional. And there was a discounted gym membership which I wish I had utilized.

    Cons

    The workload was insane, and the first couple months were hell. It was very difficult to get acclimated, and I never really got comfortable. The training could have been better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training would have been helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Like heaven on earth

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits package & 401K, 10+ days of vacation and personal days, surrounded by books, passionate coworkers, not a lot of micromanaging from management, trust in employees is great

    Cons

    Salary is a little low at entry-level, would love more direction, but otherwise there are no real cons working here (in my opinion).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture can be a little cliquey - it would be nice to have more department events so that employees can get to know each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad working environment

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous time off (15 vacation days for the first year), free books, great location.

    Cons

    Terrible upper level management, dreary work environment. Some upper management people have no respect for their employees. Overtime is not payed but expected. They promote substandard work done quickly over quality work. Computers are outdated and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees esspecialy if they work hard to get the job done. Hire enough people so you can have better quality work. Quality is valued over quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that has been over taken by the merger.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No one can take away the beauty of a penguin classic!

    Cons

    Messy merger that only time will tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not too big to fail

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