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Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Some departments have limited room for growth, competitive" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Low pay in comparison to graphic designers in other industries" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Great people, free books, fun, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Entry-level salary, but that's across the industry


  2. "generally good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    books, people who love books

    Cons

    not all people who work there seem to truly care about the books and authors themselves

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    "Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Also Free books!

    Cons

    Salary is low and doesn't increase quickly. Depending on departments, you could be an assistant for years and then when you eventually move up it is a pretty small bump.

    Advice to Management

    Make salary more competitive and invest in the growth of the employees more.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Lots to do, great shift leaders, not too much drama.

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like high school.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment to realize that not everyone can meet your expectations. But if you let them work within theirs, they can do more than you expect.


  5. "Worked as a summer worker in warehouse."

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    Former Employee - Summer Student Worker in Westminster, MD
    Former Employee - Summer Student Worker in Westminster, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent hours, tasks were well defined.

    Cons

    Hot building during the summer.


  6. "Good Media Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    - Contributes to the cultural conversation in a meaningful way
    - Tries to be progressive in its offerings and benefits

    Cons

    - Work/life balance isn't always ideal


  7. "Great processes in place, passionate staff"

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    The history of this place is amazing, as are the benefits. The processes from marketing planning through supply chain are impressive and organized. The people are passionate.

    Cons

    All different kinds of personalities are tolerated, which is both a pro and a con. It differs by department, but some are more mature and others feel light high school with cliques and "cool kids" that make it a little difficult to focus on the work and great products.

  8. "great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, summer fridays, pretty progressive company

    Cons

    my job itself isn't great, but that's the role, not the company


  9. "Junior Book Cover Designer"

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    Former Employee - Junior Book Cover Designer
    Former Employee - Junior Book Cover Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, chill atmosphere. a lot of hands on work. area is good and buildings are clean/nice. alot of benefits. alot of people to meet and make connections.

    Cons

    nothing really. Everything was very good and I enjoyed working there.


  10. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people who love books. Good vacation policy, work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pay could be better--meaningful raises are hard to come by. Can be cliquey.


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