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Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
14 Reviews

3.7
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penguin Random House

    Pros

    Lots of talented employees, a very creative atmosphere

    Cons

    Hard to tell as just merged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit more feedback from middle management

  2.  

    Good - could be better

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

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    - Good facilities & equipment
    - Good work ambiance overall
    - Plenty of vacation days/ sick days

    Cons

    - Could be more flexible, creative and forward thinking in terms of company structure, hiring etc
    - Low salaries (like the rest of the industry)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world is changing. Publishing is a great industry but needs to be more inline with emerging values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Publisher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Random House

    Pros

    1) Open, interdepartmental environment
    2) Higher end salaries

    Cons

    1) A little conservative
    2) So big it's often hard to find out information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take a risk on interns/entry levels and give them more responsibility as well as some form of pay. Stop utilizing academic credit; it's beneath a company of this size to act like a start up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An incredible company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    One of the most amazing places I've worked in my career. Everyone is bright and engaged. We're working on interesting projects and work with the best books and authors in the world. Company culture is phenomenal; very conducive to working parents (mother's room, flex time, Take Your Kids to Work Day, etc.); philanthropic (charity fundraisers, Red Cross donations for emergency relief, matching gifts), conscientious (paid time off for part time employees before mandated, LGBT and diversity committees who go out into the community and do good work); a recognition that we're people not just employees.

    Cons

    Change is challenging post merger as we move systems and merge departments; some people are fearful of their jobs. A bit of a have and have not mentality from uptown to downtown; the commute between the two offices is a pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to move into one building. Thank you for all you've done since the merger, this is an incredible company where I'm proud to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good job, but it will be the only thing you do with your time

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A fantastic group of very driven people create a truly impressive collection of works. The staff is supportive of each other and you learn a ton while you are there. While the pay isn't great, the benefits and vacation days are good.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as "done with your work for the day." No one understands the boundary between work and life, and all of the editorial employees work non-stop. The company hires driven, smart people and then takes advantage of how driven they are by forcing more and more work on them. It is an unhealthy place to stay in for too long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, low pay, and limited promotion opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Working for Penguin Random House is a great achievement for any publishing professional. The company does its best to take care of you with free book offers, fitness reimbursements, and other discount plans.

    Cons

    As is the case in publishing everywhere, the pay is low and there are limited opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people in the way of salary and upward mobility.

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

    Fun job with great coworkers and free books, but with low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly and down-to-earth, and everyone genuinely cares about the company, their jobs, and the books we all work to produce. There are usually lots of free books available on take-shelves throughout the offices and you get a great discount on books you have to buy. Great time-off policies, and decent healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be a little hard at times, and interdepartmental communications leave a lot to be desired. The low wages make it difficult to live in New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees. We love working for this company, but the low wages and high cost of living in New York makes it difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many training opportunities. Great health and 401K benefits available.

    Cons

    Job growth potential is limited for those that aren't upper management creating minimal salary increases in comparison to cost of living increases.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Great Corporate Culture Destroyed by a Merger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    When I first came to Penguin, I was extremely happy with the culture. Everyone was working together and pulling in the same direction.

    Cons

    Once Random House took over, the Penguin way of doing everything went out the window, even in cases where it clearly outperformed the Random House way. Morale at Penguin is down throughout the company as Random House dismantles everything that made Penguin great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at what would really improve the company instead of trying to preserve the status quo at Random House at all costs.

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

    Nice before-unknown how it will change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penguin Random House

    Pros

    Great Benefits for Health and Fitness

    Cons

    Merging- unstabile job security and unsure if benefits will change

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