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Parragon Books Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  1. "Overall, a good start to gain experience. The work is not difficult, but time consuming."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parragon Books full-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot of transferable skills and work relationships. The people there are great to work with.

    Cons

    There is very little mobility within the company.


  2. "A good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parragon Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Parragon for 2 years and started in an entry-level position and was able to grow into a better role in 6 months. If you put in the time you will be rewarded. It's a great place to start if you're interested in publishing and consumer packaged goods.

    Amazing benefits!
    Great people!

    Cons

    Long hours and and not technologically innovative. It's hard to take time off, and when you do you end up being swamped with work.

    Company brand seems dated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking towards the future!

  3. "Account Manager"

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great benefit package, family oriented

    Cons

    Slow growth process, low salary, limited room for growth


  4. "Solid Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Employee in Milan, TN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Employee in Milan, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Boss was very laid back, and did not care when you vacation.

    Cons

    The work is very boring.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Publisher of bargain books"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good people working there.

    Cons

    Scattered management across global locations.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great work but chaotic management badly affected overall employee and company performance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parragon Books full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work for those who enjoy publishing. Opportunity to learn if you are a self-starter and motivated enough. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Long demanding hours. No training, support or opportunity to upgrade skills. Low pay. Unclear instructions from chaotic clueless bosses affected staff morale and decline in company performance.

    Advice to Management

    Better work-life balance, better pay, more training for the staff. Better planning and clear communication from the managers. Reward good performance. More effort to retain good workers.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good experience overall despite all the craziness."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parragon Books full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was exciting work. Challenging and a great opportunity to learn if you are willing to work hard and put in long hours. Some of the books are great. Rest are just rehashed stale material that's difficult to sell. Colleagues are competitive but fun especially if you enjoy loads of beer and partying!

    Cons

    The place is short-staffed. Everyone's overworked. The work is chaotic and unplanned and the pay could definitely be better. Long work hours and very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer vision and better brief to the team would help improve team performance and reduce stress.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "No regard for its employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parragon Books full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - medical all paid for.

    Cons

    - need to request days off 6 months in advance.
    -abusive treatment of employees.
    -upper management has free range and HR turns a blind eye.
    -low pay
    -overworked, bad managers

    Advice to Management

    - get new management


  9. "really neat"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    there are lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots (many) of books

    Cons

    sometimes you have to get into a car (auto) in order to go through a tunnel that takes you to New Jersey

    Advice to Management

    Have more meetings in the office so that people don't have to get into a car (auto) and drive to New Jersey


  10. "May the force be with you ..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Parragon Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Broad range of products to work across

    Cons

    Poor communication, poor staff treatment, poor rewards, poor salaries, expectation to do 10 hour days, lack of compassion, micro management, passive aggressive, senior managers are a bunch of bullies who reep all the perks that the teams below have given everything to push through and publish on time. Biggest staff turnover I have EVER seen and HR just do nothing about it.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the constant restructuring ... deal with the managers who are micromanaging egotistic bullies and stop sprinkling them with glitter. Only so much glitter you can spring on a four letter word not good!


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