Perseus Books Group

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Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Technology Associate

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    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Morris Plains, NJ

    I worked at Perseus Books Group (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great overall environment with good, nice people. The location is in a nice spot as well

    Cons

    There is sometimes not enough work to do and not too much company cohesiveness


  2. Helpful (3)

    one bad apple

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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 Perseus Books Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Almost all people who work here are professional, kind and nice. People are good to go for beer with and care about their work. Office itself is really nice, with a little cafe with nice coffee machine.

    Cons

    The leadership is AWOL. This allows bad apples to dominate. And there is one bad apple in particular... . Anyone who has worked in NY OFFICE knows who I mean. This person gets away with behavior that wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else. I'm talking about really cruel, divisive, borderline harassment type behavior. What does this person have on the CEO? We all wonder.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the problem doesn't exist. It doesn't make it go away. It is unethical to let people struggle under a a person like this. How many people have to leave?


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good smart people, most overworked and underpaid, publishing good books despite difficult conditions

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

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A collegial and respectful culture inside most individual imprints and departments; smart, conscientious, fun, and largely un-snobby employees; since there aren't really enough people to get the work done initiative is always welcome so there are ways to learn & grow on the job (though you may never be paid for it or officially promoted); Perseus imprints and distribution clients publish lots of wonderful good books to be proud of. Lots of opportunities to socialize with bright, fun colleagues. Most people are politically progressive & engaged in issues/causes/endeavors beyond their career ambitions.

    Cons

    In the last few years management has been focussed on selling the company, cutting overhead, and/or growing the distribution side of the business, and has devoted few resources devoted to building Perseus publishing imprints, better and more integrated systems, or supporting chronically overworked and underpaid staff. Everyone has more to do than any one person can possibly do, and there is too little support staff for the volume of work, ever more stringent budgets, and a mishmash of primitive systems to navigate that makes every task take longer. Since the near- but aborted sale of the company to Hachette and Ingram, morale is low and anxiety high. Raises are typically 1-2% if you get one at all, less than the rise in benefits cost and cost of living, and management's attitude about that is that if you don't like it, go get another job --we'll easily replace you with someone else who won't complain. Unsurprisingly, many employees feel unseen, unheard, burned out, and devalued.

    It didn't used to be like this at Perseus. Five+ years ago the company and its culture seemed optimistic, open, creative, collegial, nonhierarchical and innovative, and employees were devoted to it despite a somewhat lower pay scale than the majors. That's changed, and it's sad.

    Advice to Management

    Management isn't interested in advice from the likes of me.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unstable atmosphere

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

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy within your own job. It's a small company so you don't feel lost there.

    Cons

    Future of the company is unstable and CEO seems to be ok with that. The sale to Hachette would've been great if it went through - I left a few months after due to low morale and lack of advancement opportunities. Workplace can be clique-ish.


  6. Friendly group

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

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Really good group of people to be around and work with.

    Cons

    Raises weren't great, but that could probably be said for most publishing companies.

    Advice to Management

    Retain in-house talent


  7. Great place to start

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

    I worked at Perseus Books Group

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here were great - the environment is supportive and is condusive to learning.

    Cons

    Perseus is a company that has grown a lot without the proper systems and procedures to accompany the growth. With HR in Jackson, various databases and cut costs, career growth depends more on luck than ability.

    Advice to Management

    A real HR system would help grow and retain talent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Poor management and no room for growth

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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 Perseus Books Group

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and summer hours from Memorial Day - Labor Day weekend.

    Cons

    PBG hires an excessive number of consultants that pad their bills by shuffling papers and pretending to work.
    Contradicting employees policies - on some departments employees can take up to 3 weeks vacation at a time while others can only go on vacation for one week at a time.
    Absolutely no room for growth, even when the employee expresses a desire to grow with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Value your hard working employees and compensate them for the hard work and dedication they put in day in and day out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Avoid if you can

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

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice, smart, and interesting people, and some of the books are good. Good work-life balance--summer Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

    Cons

    Much of the actual workload falls on poorly-paid junior employees who are treated very poorly here. There is a revolving door for good reason. There is no room for advancement. The office is usually completely silent, which is an indicator of the isolation in which everyone works. This is a workplace best avoided, tough in this economy, but true nonetheless.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone is cut out manage others, even if they may be very good at the substantive part of the job. Don't underestimate the cost of keeping bad managers in management positions.



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