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Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Free books and friendly people who are willing to help you (in 38 reviews)

  • I love working at Penguin Random House (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor salaries, sometimes long hours, difficult to merge Penguin and Random House cultures (in 11 reviews)

  • Random House wants to cut all ties to anyone who used to work for Penguin (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues. The hours aren't long, and we get great vacation and benefits. Constant access to books. Easy commuting location.

    Cons

    I find there is limited upward mobility and concentration on the growth and building up of the junior staff members

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the junior staff


  2. "Entry-level publishing work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publishing Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publishing Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free books! Lots of time off, great medical care, loan repayment program.

    Cons

    -No money!!!!!!
    -Antiquated business ideas, reluctant to hear fresh ideas or expand onto emerging platforms
    -Very few career opportunities, no one moves up/retires
    -Poor people management (expectation is that junior employees will schedule their own professional development conversations--one more burden they put on employees who already make nothing and receive no respect from upper management. Very difficult to initiate these conversations as upper management operates on a "you're lucky to even work here, shut up and do your work" attitude.)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't overhire when you cannot afford to pay young employees a living salary.


  3. "PRH Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for recent grads, perks for staying with the company long-term, wonderful culture and values, access to tons of amazing books.

    Cons

    There aren't very many cons.


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  5. "PRH"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Coordinator in Westminster, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service 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. Great people.

    Cons

    Once you hit a certain point in your career, there's very little opportunity to advance without moving departments.


  6. "Unhealthy Dept Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    The company offers good benefits overall - onsite exercise classes, onsite cafeteria, onsite ATM, movie ticket discounts, and summer Fridays.

    Cons

    Having to endure a very immature and insecure senior executive whose workstyle is to badger and attack while chronically complaining. This erratic and reactive personality creates an environment that’s like working in a minefield. Everyone tiptoes never knowing what will cause the next explosion. This is an obsessive-compulsive micromanager who causes an enormous amount of inefficiency and can’t seem to let people do their respective job. While the team is comprised of very dedicated staff who are a pleasure to work with, this senior executive ensures people work in fear and implies they’re not doing their job, or not doing it well. This executive attempts to control everyone and everything but in reality is the most out of control, unprofessional, immature, insecure person who lacks integrity and has no business being the head of a key department. She’s an actress and storyteller who ensures she’s the center of attention and her personality shifts by the minute to ensure she gains the desired benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great for entry level designers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with, fun company and there is a lot to learn about publishing. I made some really great friends at work.

    Cons

    Poor management, a few bad apples can really ruin the experience. The work is not super challenging so it is easy to get too comfortable and stagnant. Average salary is below other competitive companies.


  8. "Great company to build a career with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    While nothing is perfect, as a whole, Penguin Random House is a great company to work for. Not the best pay, but great benefits and time off make up for it. Very collaborative and team-oriented environment, plenty of opportunities for learning and development. You can get a lot of exposure to different departments no matter where you are.

    Cons

    The pay is competitive for publishing, but could be better to help retain valued employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, investing in your employees and making the workplace a positive and productive one.


  9. "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the books, the atmosphere. But this is all pre-RH takeover--pardon me, I mean "merger."

    Cons

    Random House management is craven and awful. I know this sounds like hyperbole. It's not.

    Advice to Management

    Just act like normal human beings. Stop replacing Penguin people with RH people. Good luck sleeping at night. You made a nice work environment into one rife with tension and fear. Good job!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very Corporate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits seem to be the best you can get for the book publishing industry.

    Cons

    Very corporate, and the atmosphere is very cliquey. Feels like a sorority house.
    People seem consistently overloaded with work. Investment in their employees is not their top priority. It's more about how fast and efficiently you can churn out those books. It's not about your creativity here, it's about how you interpret someone else's ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Try to look out for more than just yourself. Try to use some social skills to speak to your employees and co workers properly. Also get some employee training lessons to manage your group efficiently.


  11. "No room for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Westminster, MD
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Westminster, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work: RH is growing and diversifying
     good benefits, for a single man i have found the benefits to be good and plenty

    Cons

    Low pay, no upward mobility, heavily in deportment politics, no concern for happy employees,

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat you human workers like cogs, we work harder then cogs! I say it because that’s all we are to you. we are nothing more then machines to be Moved, Replace, or to broken!


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