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Simon & Schuster Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
64 Reviews
3.1
64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many free books can be found around the office or ordered in (in 11 reviews)

  • The work life balance is great and there are many wonderful people that work at the company (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Because of the extremely low pay, there was mostly one type of person hired: someone who had other sources of money to pay their New York rent (in 5 reviews)

  • The room for growth is difficult (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    overall a nice place to work, great people, lots of free books

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster

    Pros

    great people, nice work/life balance, free books

    Cons

    lots of office politics, little room for advancement, not as up-to-date systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Mailroom Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mailroom Clerk in New York, NY

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster

    Pros

    it is easy work and free books.

    Cons

    the pay is not to great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work hours but little room to grow

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    Current Employee - Royalty Analysf in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Royalty Analysf in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and good benefits.

    Cons

    No room to grow in NJ office and poor upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good People

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

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Busy but people seem passionate about the job. Free books was a great perk. I liked my immediate management but I hear that others were not so content.

    Cons

    Working under the umbrella of a mega corporation is pretty oppressive. Lots of unfortunate expectations on the part of the parent company. Pay scale seemed a bit low, especially for NYC.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - EBook Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - EBook Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Simon & Schuster

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good trading.

    Cons

    Pay is not very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but pay is brutal

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

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic job experience right out of college if you're lucky enough to get an interview (I only did because I knew someone who knew someone). In managing editorial especially, you'll learn a lot about all aspects of book publishing.
    - Really nice people overall. I had especially good support from managers.
    - Free books!
    - You can network with other departments to snag freelance gigs.
    - Many prestigious authors have walked the halls of Simon & Schuster. It was thrilling being in the same space as them.

    Cons

    - All of these brilliant people were working together to produce incredible books by incredible authors, but they were making peanuts. It would have taken me years to get out of the 30k range, even with promotions. And this was before eBook production hit its stride.
    - Because of the extremely low pay, there was mostly one type of person hired: someone who had other sources of money to pay their New York rent. I knew absolutely no one but myself who had student loans to pay off. Hiring privileged, mostly white people from the east coast really narrows the perspectives and insights going into creating books, which is not a good thing.
    - No annual raises. I didn't blame this on my manager; I knew it was coming from the top, and I knew everyone suffered.
    - Surprisingly bad technology/equipment. You'd think the publisher that churns out Stephen King's novels could afford the latest version of Windows for all of its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying your entry-level folks a semi-livable wage, and then adjust senior position salaries accordingly. Other major publishers like Random House and HarperCollins manage to do this, though the base isn't THAT much more. I know things may have changed drastically since I left four years ago, and I hope they changed for the better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great brand, little growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon & Schuster

    Pros

    great brand to have associated with your resume, especially if you're in the publishing industry. (depending on the team) lots of direction and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    constant cut budgets
    confused corporate management -- or confusing message to all the underlings at least...
    terrible pay
    dour work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    build life back into the compant. provide clarity and motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Relaxed atmosphere...not much room for growth

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

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are great, they occasionally have parties, you learn a lot.

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great, not much room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great entry-level starting place

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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 Simon & Schuster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is overall very strong. Work/life balance is good if you want it. Benefits are good due to S&S being a part of CBS. Lots of variety in departments/interests/jobs.

    Cons

    Cogs in a wheel mentality- There are so many employees that you can get lost. Turnover is high at lower levels. Not much room for upward movement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lack of communication and a general failure to adhere to deadlines makes this office frustrating

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

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Book publishing is fun and rewarding. This is a major book company with really big names. The hours are fairly normal, and there are half days on Fridays during the summer. You will meet a lot of people with a love for books.

    Cons

    Many of the people were unpleasant. The lack of communication between departments was astounding. People did not adhere to deadlines in the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm deadlines! When people work together they should be on the same page and communicate directly with each other, instead of through an assistant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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