Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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3.7
75%
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83%
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Penguin Random House  CEO Markus Dohle (no image)
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214 Ratings
Pros
  • "Plus, there are bookshelves everywhere from which to take free books(in 77 reviews)

  • "Fantastic company, great benefits, focus on learning(in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay" because we "love what we do" is code for continuing to hire the same type of rich white employee who can afford NYC on a tiny salary(in 34 reviews)

  • "The big problem with Penguin Random House is that it is a very loyal company(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Forward thinking company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Production Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent company- so many benefits. Better than average health care, sabbaticals, classes, great projects to work on.

    Cons

    The Cubicles are very small.

  2. Helpful (4)

    "Can't Beat the Benefits"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    That's really the only thing that's worth mentioning

    Cons

    Rich old white women run the place so POCs can never be seen in upper management. Huge diversity issue.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Generally a good place to work; difficult to live on in New York"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big company, regular cost of living salary increases, benefits, coworkers, room to grow

    Cons

    Needs more support for POC employees, wages

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "😕"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of upward mobility, lack of POC & bias with promotions. POC have to work two, three times as hard to receive a fraction of the praise & pay. Different divisions/publishing houses can be divisive & snobbish.

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    "Ugh"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues. Got to work with the best minds in the world to create amazing books. Loved the work. Absolutely loved the work.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. In my one department, 3 harassment cases, of which we were told to consider "both sides." Perpetrators protected based on friendships with key decision makers. HR was notified, and did everything they could to protect to company against victims. Was personally sexually harassed, as were many colleagues, who no longer work in publishing, or live in NYC - basically they fled. "Low pay" because we "love what we do" is code for continuing to hire the same type of rich white employee who can afford NYC on a tiny salary. If you're going to prioritize white books and white buyers, just be transparent about it. Stop putting the onus on employees to undergo "diversity trainings." Pay more. Hire diverse employees. Listen to victims.

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  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Takes great care of their employees and makes every effort to make sure you are satisfied at work!

    Cons

    Pay is low at first but opportunity to advance!

  7. "Enjoyed my time there"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best and smartest people you'll ever meet

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in publishing overall

  8. "Very good and "safe""

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice workplace, and feels very stable for a publishing house.

    Cons

    Seems to have slow growth in terms of upward mobility. Small yearly raises based on an allowance per division.

  9. "Busy"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent staff, fast pace, interesting

    Cons

    Low salary for workload. Long hours

  10. "Great Learning Opportunity for Entry Level Employees (ie Assts)"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, and PTO. You can basically take off whenever you'd like (in moderation)

    Cons

    Salary. Very low salary for entry level--and in general. It's hard to live in New York with this salary. DIFFICULT to move up within dept.

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