Penguin Group Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2020

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4.2
77%
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82%
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Penguin Group Chairman and CEO John C. Makinson
John C. Makinson
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "I learned a lot and took home a lot of free books(in 17 reviews)

  • "Summer fridays hour lunch, vacation time(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and limited progression(in 7 reviews)

  • "Low salaries--but that's typical for the publishing industry (at least in editorial)(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work. Run well, great benefits, clear expectations."

    5.0
     

    I worked at Penguin Group

    Pros

    Great hours, passionate work, organized teams, summer fridays!

    Cons

    Some favoritism, pay could be better.

    Penguin Group2020-04-17
  2. "Good!"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    Strong Management- great benefits, Vacation time

    Cons

    Compensation, extensive travel schedule, HR

    Penguin Group2020-02-01
  3. "Great place"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Summer fridays hour lunch, vacation time

    Cons

    Ot long hours poor management

    Penguin Group2019-06-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "good place to get started"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Publicist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time for 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.

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    Penguin Group2019-02-16
  5. "Production Assistant"

    5.0
    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

    Penguin Group2019-01-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    everyone is passionate and trying to produce good works

    Cons

    lack of good directions and encouragement.

    Penguin Group2018-08-10
  7. "Excellent Publishing House with Supportive and Innovative Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Penguin Group2018-07-11
  8. "Coordinator"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Kirkwood, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It's publishing - compensation isn't great

    Penguin Group2017-04-27
  9. "Great company to work for."

    4.0
    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

    Penguin Group2017-05-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Penguin before Random House"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Associate Managing Editor in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time for 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

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    Penguin Group2017-02-04
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