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Updated Jul 23, 2021

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3.8
77%
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Pros
  • "Plus, there are bookshelves everywhere from which to take free books(in 82 reviews)

  • "Amazing team, great work life balance(in 56 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay for entry-level workers(in 41 reviews)

  • "Starting salaries are low, though competitive for the industry(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for

      Jun 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - supportive, welcoming environment - prioritizes taking time off!

      Cons

      - lots of work, but that's any company

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good working environment with outdated promotion policies

      Jul 18, 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You get to work with some of the best books, authors, and illustrators in the market. - Benefits are incredible. - Overall company wide communication is clear and frequent. - Most people who work here really love books and their job. - Lots of non-compensation work perks like free access to audio and ebooks, author events, trainings, resources, etc

      Cons

      - I have been told repeatedly by senior management that the only way to get a raise or a promotion is to get a competing offer. - Growth potential is highly limited. - Entry level and middle management salaries are extremely low. They are not livable New York City salaries. - Annual salary increase is 2%, which does not match the annual estimated inflation percentage of at least 3%.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent place to work.

      Jul 22, 2021 - Permissions Director in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      PRH offers fair salaries and excellent benefits. They hire bright, motivated and competent people who are a pleasure to work with. I have been treated with respect and deference whether as a temp, Associate, Manager or Director. Civility is a common value across the board.

      Cons

      Publishing is not noted for generous salaries. PRH can seem tech and data-heavy. There is excellent racial and cultural diversity, but little diversity in political thought. PRH is a liberal-progressive company in a liberal-progressive city.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      It was a great experience to work there!

      Jul 11, 2021 - Warehouse Worker 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits! Excellent supervisors and boss! We got some free stuff and bonus check on the occasion. Great pay!

      Cons

      No air-conditioning! Some of my co-workers were difficult to work with. Some of the work was a bit overwhelming. Conditions was questionable.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Forbes Top Company (size wise) to work for

      Jul 19, 2021 - Sales Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Autonomy, good work from home policy when moving past Covid, good benefits.

      Cons

      Cost of living increases seem low.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      As good as you can expect for book publishing, I think

      Jun 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - PRH was a company I felt proud to work for. Love the initiatives to give back, including paid volunteer days, matched donations, and company-wide fundraisers. - In my last years there, the company seemed to be making some genuine efforts to improve diversity and inclusion, both with PRH staff and its authors. - Colleagues were all smart and passionate about what they do. - Hours (for my team) were usually great. Especially summer hours!

      Cons

      - It's book publishing, so the pay is barely a livable wage for NYC. - Similarly, it can be hard to get promoted in certain departments. - There is constant restructuring that leaves many people on edge about getting laid off (I left because my small department was eliminated).

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      PRH

      Jul 23, 2021 - Assistant Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Working from home flexibility, generous vacation

      Cons

      Low pay, promotions aren't merit based, few opportunities for advancement

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good work life balance but very low pay

      Jun 24, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      they have great benefits have good moral values

      Cons

      low pay for the amount of work that you have to do Career growth is nonexistent. Most people leave the company in order to get promoted

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good if you work with the right people

      May 4, 2021 - Digital Asset Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits package and affordable insurance, matching 401k, etc

      Cons

      It’s bogged down by hierarchies of people who care more about their corner office than good work or efficiency. If you work with the right people you’ll never leave, if you get saddled with the beasts you’ll notice how everyone leaves around them within 2-3 years. But HR and management are about protecting those higher up regardless of the quality of their work.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Jun 16, 2021 - Anti-Piracy Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great work life balance, friendly people, access to lots of books, very fun

      Cons

      low pay, U.S. politics somehow everywhere even when not relevant

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