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Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training and lots of free books (in 56 reviews)

  • Fantastic work life balance - bosses didn't expect us to stay late to prove a point, and encouraged us to leave work behind when out of the office (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Some departments have limited room for growth, competitive (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay (to be expected in publishing) (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "PRH Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice coworkers
    Good work-life balance
    Free books perk

    Cons

    Low growth potential
    Low pay in comparison to graphic designers in other industries


  2. "Publicity Manger"

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

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity, support, flexible vacation, fantastic collaborative team

    Cons

    Emotionally driven, punitive, limited opportunity for growth at a senior level

  3. "A simple place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House part-time

    Pros

    Bonuses: Books, holiday related bonuses

    Cons

    Repetitive work , but a different task every week


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    talented people and good benefits

    Cons

    limited growth potential and salary growth

    Advice to Management

    invest in talent


  5. "Great people and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Publishing Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publishing Operations in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing, talented people! Management is truly invested in your growth.

    Cons

    Salaries are limited, industry wide. And there isn't much diversity.


  6. "Best Internship Ever!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House part-time

    Pros

    Free books
    Pays well (for an internship)
    Learning experience
    Interns are respected (no coffee runs)

    Cons

    Not enough hours for Fall interns (14 hours/week)
    There aren't that many cons!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing your thing!


  7. "One of the best, could do better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    free books
    good vacation policy
    some interesting benefits like student loan repayment support, but that kind of thing wouldn't be necessary if they paid their young, entry-level employees a living wage...

    Cons

    low pay
    no opportunities for advancement
    incompetence at management level is never addressed

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on promoting from within, offer better training to those who are being promoted to management with no experience.

  8. "PRH"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Smart, creative colleagues and good books

    Cons

    Terrible pay and promotion prospects (an industry-wide problem)


  9. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work life balance, smart co-workers, good benefits and you are working for a publishing giant.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, you work in silos, small budget

    Advice to Management

    empower employees and they will make you look good


  10. "Overall great place to work. Pay should be higher."

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

    Lots of opportunities to learn. Great benefits- lots of time off, wellness reimbursement, good insurance. For the most part coworkers are very kind and good to work with.

    Cons

    Pay needs to be higher for the amount of overtime worked, responsibilities given, and rising cost of living in NYC. Advancement can be tough but it's doable.

    Advice to Management

    New office space should include offices for all above the associate level. Should add pet insurance.


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