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"A fantastic company"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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Positive Outlook

I have been working at Penguin Group full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

This company hires intelligent, team-oriented people to make the best books in the industry. People are trusted to do the job they are hired to do; there is not a lot of micromanaging. They encourage creativity.

Cons

Not really a con, but because there are not a lot of middle management or filler positions, each employee is responsible for more than they would be at other publishing houses .

Other Employee Reviews for Penguin Group

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fine, but not as great as advertised"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR did a great job of cultivating community among interns, and if you work for a smaller imprint you do gain a lot of experience because there are less people to get the job done. Another pro was the summer schedule: Fridays ended at 1 p.m.

    Cons

    Experience as intern really depends on what imprint/department in which you are placed--each one has a different feel so it can be hard to give a definitive answer to "Is Penguin a good place to work for". The stereotype that Penguin is a friendlier place than Random House is also not necessarily true; I had a great internship experience at Random House and a sub-par one at Penguin, and that had everything to do with what department I interned with.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns more.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Depends"

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    If you're really gung-ho to be in publishing, this is a good place to learn the ropes and establish contacts - especially if you happen to have a good mentor. Pleasant working environment unless you happen to work for one of the few tyrants. Okay pay but good benefits.

    Cons

    Very entrenched bureaucracy that is slow to move. There's a factory, tunnel-vision corporate mentality at management level that ensures there is a splashy, flash-in-the-pan best seller out ever season. Editors are basically allowed, occasionally, to work on innovative, quality books of long lasting value on the side. There is very high turnover, at least in my experience, and people seem to be happier with their jobs elsewhere than they were at Penguin..

    Advice to Management

    Some valuable literary talent proves its value on the first book and then fizzles. Other talents take a few books to hit their stride. Continue to force editors to focus only on those bestsellers and big auctions and you're going to end up losing editorial and literary talent in the long run.

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