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Updated Jul 6, 2022

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4.0
79%
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99%
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Penguin Group Chairman and CEO John C. Makinson
John C. Makinson
35 Ratings

Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Great people and engaged team(in 20 reviews)
  • "Free books everywhere!!(in 11 reviews)
  • "Great benefits(in 9 reviews)
  • "Great colleagues, fun activities and culture(in 6 reviews)
  • "Flex time, amazing benefits, insurance, And vacation time(in 4 reviews)
Cons
  • "Low salary and difficult to move up.(in 11 reviews)
  • "Low pay and with merger jobs (including mine) being eliminated.(in 10 reviews)
  • "Poor management and HR all around and lack of concern for employees with discrimination of some management, especially in tech.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Long hours That make work life balance hard(in 5 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Excellent place to work

    May 11, 2022 - Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The colleagues were talented, smart and incredibly supportive. Leadership first rate. Lots of opportunity for advancement. Excellent books in the catalog.

    Cons

    Operational systems are a bit lacking, so there's a lot of etra work pulling data to develop strategies.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Just not a good fit

    Mar 31, 2022 - Marketing 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good product for SMB space in telco

    Cons

    Company not interested in streamlining processes

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    It's nice

    Oct 7, 2021 - Electrician in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good pay and benefits union

    Cons

    None I love it here

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

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

    Apr 17, 2020 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some favoritism, pay could be better.

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good!

    Feb 1, 2020 - Business Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Strong Management- great benefits, Vacation time

    Cons

    Compensation, extensive travel schedule, HR

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Depends

    Feb 2, 2013 - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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..

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Nice atmosphere, poor management

    Nov 15, 2010 - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Penguin has a good reputation and a lot of talented editors, so there are opportunities to work on interesting/high profile projects and the quality of work is high. Editorial staff here learn a lot and make important contacts. Depending on your immediate supervisor the atmosphere is relaxed and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Many of Penguin's practices are antiquated - even for the generally old-fashioned publishing industry - and instead of helping productivity end up creating busy work. Promotions are slow in coming and happen haphazardly. Many editors are frustrated by publisher and management decisions, but there is no way to communicate dissatisfaction or problems within departments to higher level supervisors. There is constant pressure to publish "commercial" projects and to steer away from "literary" titles, and you can expect to work late or on the weekends a few times a month.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Wonderful Work Environment with Some of the Problems Typical to Publishing

    Jan 15, 2013 - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent working environment. My department is completely lacking in the intrigue and in-fighting that frequently plagues a group of people who have worked together for many years. Management is flexible and open to suggestions and ideas.

    Cons

    The fact that so few editors have left during my time here is a positive indicator of job satisfaction. However, it makes opportunities for advancement difficult. As with most editing, the compensation is pretty poor and there is little distinction between the work you do in the office on the clock and what you do at home on your own time. Interdepartmental dissemination of information can be abysmal.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Interesting, Creative, and Stimulating Work

    Aug 31, 2010 - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Penguin Group is a congenial, creative, and fun place to work. With over 75 years in the business and offices located all over the world, they obviously know how to run a great business and keep their employees happy. Penguin is owned by Pearson Education, the largest educational publisher in the world, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore different facets of trade, educational, and online publishing if you find yourself stagnated in one particular area.

    Cons

    Compensation is very, very low. You may need to take on freelance work to make ends meet (I do). Bonuses are not offered to employees.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great books, great colleagues, good benefits, satisfactory workplace, low pay, long hours

    Mar 19, 2011 -  in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Management avoided layoffs during 2008 depression. Management is addressing new-media challenges, and being smart about it. Opportunity to work on fine books with first-rate authors and editors. Highly intelligent, experienced, and talented, and friendly colleagues. Civilized and respectful environment with very little backbiting or sniping. Good health benefits, generous personal and sick-day allowance for salaried employees, a lot of employee discount/membership perks. Able to purchase company stock at 15% discount. New employees are automatically enrolled in 401k; company matches 4.5% of contributions. Free books everywhere!!

    Cons

    Industry salaries are uniformly low, but entry-level salaries are SO low that we lose talent. Raises generally do not match the cost of living. No bonuses that I know of, except for upper management, and occasional discretionary corporate-wide bonuses ($500-600). Young staff hasn't a clue about how to manage their 401k investments. Management frequently rolls out new software and workflow procedures that can make working more, not less, difficult. At the same time, important, industry-wide software is often outdated. When software is finally updated, staff is expected to train themselves online while still maintaining workloads and deadlines. In editorial/production, unrelenting increases in workloads, with higher percentages of books on brutally tight deadlines. New imprints, but no new staff hires in years. Not too fond of the open-floor cubicle-pens and bright overhead lighting: no privacy at all, voices carry. No place to take a private phone call, such as a callback from a physician.

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    6 people found this review helpful
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Penguin Group Reviews FAQs

Penguin Group has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 159 reviews left anonymously by employees. 79% of employees would recommend working at Penguin Group to a friend and 81% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -6% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Penguin Group employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Penguin Group. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

79% of Penguin Group employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Penguin Group 3.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Penguin Group to be culture, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be management, career development, compensation.

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