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Updated 18 Mar 2019

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  1. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun Halloween party! Most people are nice. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Things are changing and the company is getting leaner. You need to network and brown nose to get anywhere. Just doing your work is not going to get you anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits are good. Arm yourself with knowledge. Take Advantage of Educational Benefits Available to Employees.

    Penguin Random House 2014-09-11
  2. Helpful (1)

    "The tradeoff for good books is bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Best books in the business; excellent benefits; relaxed attitudes and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Abysmal pay and little growth

    Penguin Random House 2019-03-19
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Best Publishing Company in the Industry"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing facilities, great systems, hardworking and progressive staff, the best books in the business, strong diversity & inclusion programs, top-notch health benefits including maternity and paternity leave, a multitude of programs for learning and development, and a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    While it is the leader in the publishing industry, there are many pockets of teams which are still mired in sexist, misogynistic, racist, and generally ignorant tendencies. The company is actively training, but managers are still not given adequate education to deal with the complex situations that can arise when running a department. Leadership is often a dictatorial situation rather than a collaborative one.... The company would like to think it is a tech forward, but it pays too low to be competitive in talent acquisition with other industries, so it needs to invest in technology in a much more disruptive and progressive manner. Publishing is in a transitional period with a pause in the growth areas, so it is hard to say what the future will look like, but PRH is the house to lead books into this new age.

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    Advice to Management

    The employees are your best resource. Treat them as such and pay them livable salaries, promote them on merit, and clearly communicate corporate intentions.

    Penguin Random House 2019-02-14
  4. "Good people"

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    Art Director in New York, NY
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penguin Random House

    Pros

    PRH is filled with a lot of great people. I've been freelancing there for 15 years. There's pride in the company and products.

    Cons

    Staffing in-house seems tight. Everybody has to roll up there sleeves and pitch in. This isn't necessarily bad since there is not a lot of dead weight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good people you have happy.

    Penguin Random House 2015-09-30
  5. "Art Director / Covers"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Great Salary, Good Community

    Cons

    Some divisions are run erratically and have a high amount of turnover and layoffs. Can be slow to develop new technologies and be innovative. The approval process for visuals is complex and arduous which causes all involved to lose confidence. Editors no longer have confidence which creates more work for the support departments.

    Advice to Management

    Make an attempt to know your employees. Create a sense of working together on something and make people the most important aspect of your company.

    Penguin Random House 2015-08-02
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