Penguin Group Reviews | Glassdoor

Penguin Group Reviews

Updated January 7, 2019
91 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Penguin Group Chairman and CEO John C. Makinson
John C. Makinson
24 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • "great place to learn the ropes of publishing industry, nyc location is wonderful" (in 3 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Production Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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 experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Great company to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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


  5. "Coordinator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Penguin before Random House"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment, lacks innovation"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Order fulfillment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  10. "Great company for work life balance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Assistant
    Former Employee - Contracts Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex time, amazing benefits, insurance, And vacation time

    Cons

    Low salaries and small raise percentage

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanaging