Random House
3.9 of 5 98 reviews
www.randomhouse.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014

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Random House Chairman and CEO Markus Dohle

Markus Dohle

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Pros:
  • "a healthy work-life balance is maybe not guaranteed, but achievable"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Outstanding benefits that include free books"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low pay rates or bonus structure"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Low pay, though it's comparable to the rest of the publishing industry in general"
    in 7 reviews
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Freelance for an RH division

Writer (Former Employee)

I worked at Random House as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFlexible, nice, fun, creative, paid on time

ConsCan always use more money

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fantastic place

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Random House full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits, fantastic and professional support from HR. Like another reviewer said, your experience is really defined by your division - I've loved working here. The best thing about RH is that they're very open about changing into another division/role - they want to support the growth of your career.

ConsPublishing is very linear. You will rise up in a very expected manner. No cutting in line or unexpected jumps.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Random House

ProsTalented colleagues and team approach.

ConsThere are no cons that are very important to mention. It's a great company.

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The company is going through some changes.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Random House full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits are really good. Lots of vacation, personal time, sick time. Decent salary for the publishing industry.

ConsThe company is in the middle of a merger, so there's a lot of mixed direction from upper management. Expect to work long hours. Lack of training for new employees.

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Was a Great Place to Work

Senior Art Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsThe people were great; lots of nice perks: vacation, family friendly, yoga classes, workplace education

Conslow salary compared to other fields

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Random House is a great place to start your career and get your foot in the door. You learn a lot about the industry

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Random House full-time

ProsBeing the biggest publishers means more resources
The hours and benefits are unbeatable

ConsSenior management is not concerned with helping junior employees move up; they will work you at the lowest rate possible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, hard place to move up and earn more money

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Random House

ProsPeople are great, asking for time off is never an issue, so much vacation time, great 401k benefits. The culture is relaxed and creative. Definitely a great place to start working fresh out of college.

ConsGreat vacation time but you can't afford to go anywhere. Paying rent gets harder every year. It's impossible to get promoted unless someone leaves. It's hard to get the more senior people who have been working in publishing forever to change. After a few years, good entry level employees always leave, and sometimes the wrong people are promoted.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange can be good sometimes. Trust your other departments more, they know what they're doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Intelligent, supportive company

Author (Current Employee)

I have been working at Random House as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat support, great communication between editor and author, reputation

ConsSuch a large company can mean some smaller authors get left in the dust

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work with some of the brightest people who are truly passionate about what they do.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Random House full-time for more than a year

ProsThe company has a great 401K program and benefits. They really help you grow your career with internal training and development.

ConsThe implicit hierarchy between imprints and publishing groups can cause issues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A humane but competitive environment. The imprint and team you work with significantly define your experience at RH.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Random House

ProsSmart, talented colleagues. Humane HR practices (vacation time, maternity leave, bonuses, etc).

ConsA rigid, traditional hierarchy for editorial staff. It takes a long time to gain responsibility. RH has also been conservative in its response to digitally-driven changes in the industry.

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