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Pros
  • Flexible, loved the industry, room for growth, great benefits, time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Flex time, amazing benefits, insurance, And vacation time (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Low pay and with merger jobs (including mine) being eliminated (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "laborer"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Laborer in Great Bend, PA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Laborer in Great Bend, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for penguin. The people were great to work for. The benefit were real good.

    Cons

    It closed the door after Random House merged with us.


  2. "Good publishing job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Better benefits and salary than competitors. Smart, interesting, nice people.

    Cons

    Low salary overall. Long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more to keep young talent.

  3. "Not for ambitious and motivated"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although many perks have been eliminated while I was there. (No more cafeteria, lost my office and got moved into terrible open floor office space - reminded my a factory work space)

    Cons

    The management doesn't promote high performing and motivated employees. It is very difficult to advance especially if you have an unsupportive and undermining supervisor. That's very discouraging and makes young talented people leave the company. Those that stay are mostly unmotivated and disgruntled or don't have any aspirations and don't mind stagnant, stifling workplace. At least that was the case in my old department. Technologically backwards - they were still using MS Office 2003 in 2013! Very low salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Fire micromanaging middle managers who have no vision or strategy.


  4. "Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some nice individuals. A big company with lots of resources and different possible projects to work with and to learn about many aspects.

    Cons

    Difficult to determine who has responsibilities for particular areas, and often hard to get concrete answers to specific questions asked about a project.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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

    Pros

    Great, smart, and friendly coworkers, free books, summer Fridays

    Cons

    Low salary and difficult to move up. I had a terrible salary negotiating process with HR where I was low-balled in terms of salary. I also asked for several days to consider the offer, and HR was extremely rude and said I was taking up too much time. I considered not accepting the offer because this person was my first impression of Penguin and it was not a good one.


  6. "Entry-Level"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working with nice, literary-minded people with a passion for books.

    Benefit package is awesome. Plenty of paid time off and good reimbursement policies.

    Cons

    Long hours, high work demand, and political hierarchy created a tense work environment.

    Software was outdated and difficult to use.

    Company fired dozens of people in short amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in updating software. Too much time was spent tinkering with outdated software that, though usable, was inefficient.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Editor"

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, fun activities and culture

    Cons

    Terrible salaries for young editors

    Advice to Management

    Try to sustain talent

  8. Helpful (1)

    "group leader"

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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kirkwood, NY
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kirkwood, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    i could work as many hour as i wanted to

    Cons

    they treated you like a machine

    Advice to Management

    treat people like you would like to be treated


  9. Helpful (3)

    "lovely old Penguin..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Group full-time

    Pros

    the people. sense of family plus great company and department parties + freebies.

    Cons

    the pay. overworked underpaid. When you have a sucky boss that alienates your most experienced staff, HR doesn't do much to help or even notices the disturbing pattern of mass exits.

    Advice to Management

    well, its not Penguin anymore,


  10. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Freight Handler in Kirkwood, NY
    Former Employee - Freight Handler in Kirkwood, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management wasn't terrible, paid well for the type of work I was doing. Settlement packages were offered on closing the plant down.

    Cons

    The place went out of business. Some of the people could be hard to work with at times.

    Advice to Management

    Find more productive ways to use the employees downtime.


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