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Updated September 9, 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "Great processes in place, passionate staff"

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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

    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.


  5. "great benefits"

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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

    Pros

    great benefits, summer fridays, pretty progressive company

    Cons

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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Wonderful business"

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    Current Employee - Stock Control Coordinator in Westminster, MD
    Current Employee - Stock Control Coordinator in Westminster, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, educated peers and coworkers

    Cons

    Long hours but this is offset by nice vacation time and bonuses


  9. "Yearly"

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    Former Employee - Forktruck Driver in Crawfordsville, IN
    Former Employee - Forktruck Driver in Crawfordsville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, stable working conditions. They’re pretty reasonable on having to have time off

    Cons

    The workplace has its favorites and everyone can clearly see it

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as equals. Whether you’ve been there a year or 20, everyone should be treated the same


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a great job

    Cons

    I got layed off from my job

    Advice to Management

    I didn't see any reason to get layed off


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