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Penguin Group Reviews

Updated February 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "I learned a lot and took home a lot of free books" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Great people, overall job satisfaction is good and there is serious cache to the brand in publishing" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and with merger jobs (including mine) being eliminated" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    Excellent, supportive company. Fun but also driven work environment. Treats employees very well.

    Cons

    None I can think of


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good place to get started"

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    Former Employee - Associate Publicist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Publicist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, pay wasn't bad, opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Many staff and supervisors did not care enough. It was understood you would work a lot of unpaid overtime. Friends who still work there tell me that after the merger, everyone over 50 was let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to your employees. Pay them for the hours they work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    everyone is passionate and trying to produce good works

    Cons

    lack of good directions and encouragement.


  4. "Excellent Publishing House with Supportive and Innovative Culture"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    Supportive Supervisors and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Like all publishing, salaries can be modest


  5. "Great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    Penguin Random House doesn't outsource their jobs

    Cons

    No cons to report for this company


  6. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Kirkwood, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Kirkwood, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, loved the industry, room for growth, great benefits, time off

    Cons

    It's publishing - compensation isn't great


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Penguin before Random House"

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    Former Employee - Associate Managing Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Managing Editor in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    working on books you know people want to read; nice offices with access to cafeteria and gym (though neither are owned by Penguin); great location

    Cons

    low pay, especially for those living in nyc

    Advice to Management

    acknowledge managing editorial and production departments with better pay--just because we spend money and acquisitions sometimes makes money doesn't mean we're less valuable employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management team led by a wonderful CEO, David Shanks.

    Cons

    Challenging industry faced with consolidations

    Advice to Management

    Dont change the culture


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment, lacks innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with people who care about their job and mission

    Cons

    Red tape and small budgets stifle innovation to a certain degree


  10. "Order fulfillment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits were good and wages were decent.

    Cons

    Employees weren't treated with fairness across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Reckognize employees when they do a good job.