Perseus Books Group

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Perseus Books Group Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015
27 Reviews
2.9
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good starting point

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    Former Employee - Employee in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Employee in Jackson, TN

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company culture and good work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay no advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within and up the pay scale to industry standards to keep talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group

    Pros

    - Work was pretty interesting and unique. Gave me skills that I wrote on my resume
    - Good name in the publishing industry
    - People seemed to care about the work we did
    - Good recommendation (written by someone in publishing, so it was very well-written and useful)

    Cons

    - Routine, not much changed from day to day
    - A bit awkward; was only there temporarily, and the transition in and out of the job was not as smooth or organized as it could have been

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Retain in-house talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group

    Pros

    Perseus has a very "indie" atmosphere and is a collaborative workplace. People are very accessible no matter what title they have. You truly get a hands-on experience of how book publishing works, so it is a great place for entry level. Each imprint publishes smart books, though no blockbusters.

    Cons

    Salaries are about 40% below what you would make at a "big 5" publisher. Raises and title changes are very hard to come by. You end up doing three times the work and do not get properly compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate people for their hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work-life balance, low pay breeds low motivation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perseus Books Group

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits for a good work-life balance. Options to work from home, half-day summer Fridays, good vacation and sick policy, and family-friendly flexible working schedules. People are smart and respectful.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of financial investment in all imprints and salaries are low compared to industry standards. Not many opportunities for career advancement in all departments means there are people who feel "stuck" in their positions with no growth. This creates a culture of low motivation in some departments and a lack of investment and creativity in the work.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Three mixed years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers. Interesting titles/free books. Reasonable hours plus half-day Fridays all summer.

    Cons

    Too many back-patting bullies on the senior staff (though that doesn't apply to all). Low pay.

  10.  

    Great people who care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Across the company, everyone I have met has been intelligent, respectful, and welcoming to all faces from the front desk to the exec's office. These people really care about the company and about each other, and look out for each other's well being.

    Cons

    Not being one of the "big five" trade publishers means there aren't as many resources to spare, and in my experience salaries and benefits can be a bit deflated depending on department and position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got great team members; reward and retain them with better compensation, especially at the bottom. And no more unpaid internships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just try to be thankful you have a job

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    Current Employee - Finances
    Current Employee - Finances

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. The summers are the company's number one perk. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor day weekend, you work 4 hours on Fridays and then you are done for the day. Ask any employee about the perks and the summer hours are the only thing they will mention.

    Cons

    1. The pay. No matter how awesome of an employee or had downright horrible of an employee, everyone gets 2% increase every year. There are no bonuses and no incentive to work harder.
    2. Lack of strong leadership. Policies and procedures are never enforced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your employees first. If you want to retain employees, pay them decent salaries, and give them accurate job training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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