Perseus Books Group

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Perseus Books Group Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
23 Reviews
2.8
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    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 an 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
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    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
  7.  

    Good people,, few opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are some of the best I've worked with anywhere. Very open-minded editors.

    Cons

    Two percent a year raises,, antiquated systems. The only way to advance for most is to leave and come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your long term employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing benefits, hands off management, and no room for personal advancement

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

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group

    Pros

    Truly incredible benefits including work from home days and a company that takes care of its own. The work is generally easy/low impact and the managers are, in the regional offices at least, very hands off leaving you plenty of freedom to do what you want when you want.

    Cons

    Very little training or upward mobility. Pay is low compared to other companies of the same size despite strange/inefficient hiring practices. Work load and stress level varies greatly depending on department or office. Very little interoffice communication often leads to confusion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great books, colleagues, esprit de corps....and stringent budgets and growing pains

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

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

    Pros

    I joined Perseus after many years at other houses, and I think a lot of people here posting disgruntled comments about "politics" and lack of opportunity, must not have a lot of experience elsewhere! I've seen many employees here grow from entry level assistants to become department heads, change departments and divisions, create their own jobs, acquire new skills, and be supported by their managers and colleagues in doing so. Relative to other companies the Perseus culture is fairly 'flat' in terms of being non-heirarchical and informal and collegial. The company is however made up of several different companies, and several different divisions, in several different locaitons, and also serves hundreds of client publishers, so I guess some people may have had different experiences in different sub-cultures. I myself have grown enormously in my job and have had wonderful mentors who encouraged me to learn and to take more and more responsibility and to learn and try new things. Innovative thinking and doing is encouraged here. And I love my colleagues-- smart, hard-working, unpretentious, collegial, devoted book people who value things other than their own career ambitions, and who try to respect each other and have a good time working together.

    Cons

    Perseus is very leanly staffed and has vey lean budgets. People below the corporate management level "get ahead' usually by doing more than one job, being their own assistant, working 50-60 hour weeks, and accepting that more work does not necessarily mean they will get more pay or any other external reward. Growth can be limited by the fact that there is simply no one to delegate to so you still have to do what you used to do, even when you are also doing something new . Promotions are rare and raises are skimpy, at least for the people who actually execute the quotidian tasks of editing, producing, marketing, selling, and distributing books. Systems are still a cumbersome patchwork since Perseus was borne of a merger of many different publishers and distribution companies. And there can be dysfunctional cultural divides and misunderstandings between publishers, clients, IT, production, the warehouse, customer service, etc. which are not helped by the absence of formal training programs, systems manuals, geographic splits and lack of communications involving ALL parties impacted by decisions, programs, and changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perseus has a great culture, and is growing in smart ways to support the wonderful work of independent publishers. But while systems and tools are improving, work loads are rising while staff to handle it doesn't; and salaries & opportunities are static-to-worse over the last 3 years. People here used to be more positively engaged and less beleaguered and stressed and burnt out. Without some re-investment in re-energizing the people who do the work, will the culture be so great and employees so devoted next year or the year after?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An A-ok place!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome. Supervisors are true mentors. Summer Fridays!!! FREE Shelf Books!!

    Cons

    Typical yearly increase. No additional bonus for extra hard working employees :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider increasing yearly increases - especially to those who truly deserve it!

  11.  

    Needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and there are some wonderful talented employees at PBG. HR is developing and improving.

    Cons

    Boys club mentality in certain divisions of the company. Communication between divisions is severely lacking. IT needs improvement. Too many systems to learn and most are bastardized inhibiting support needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at vp's , directors, and general managers. Not everything is as it seems. Open communication is better than mandating silence between divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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