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"Great company"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Being a large corporation, the benefits at PRH are great. You learn a great deal about the industry as PRH is among the top few publishing houses in the world. There can be strong mentors depending on the department you're in and the supervisor you work for.

Cons

There is a very strict hierarchy and low pay for entry level jobs.

Advice to Management

Consider encouraging more mentoring and growth opportunities within individual imprints.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Publicity Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free books, access high-profile authors, and the chance to sit in on meetings where big decisions about print runs and strategy are made. Opportunity for mentorship with senior editors and publicists. Great location in the West Village/SoHo. It's a good job to develop basic publicity skills. You have the opportunity to watch a book go from proposal to editorial to design to launch, and that's pretty cool. Benefits were pretty good--fairly comprehensive health/dental/vision packages at a relatively low price.

    Cons

    It's a lot of grunt-work. A lot of long hours. A lot of tedious tasks, such as list-building and mailing packages. The pay is abysmal, and the work atmosphere is very hierarchical and can be, at times, demeaning to a young person who wants to learn and has ideas. High-stress, high-pressure, and surprisingly fast-paced environment. You get 20 days of vacation even as an assistant, but I never felt comfortable taking my vacation. Promotions are often more title changes than actual promotion--you may get promoted to Associate Publicist, but you'll still be a Senior Publicist's assistant while working on your own full list of books, and the pay raise will be incremental.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your assistants more, at the very least--you can't eat free books.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Affordable benefits, generous vacation/sick/personal days, new assistance program for student loans

    Cons

    Pay not conducive to cost of living, little to no chance for movement/raises

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees

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