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Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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  • "Some departments have limited room for growth, competitive" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience and fulfilling 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

    Great people at their Westminster distribution center, love that there are a lot of females in leadership positions. Amazing benefits, great time off, hard work is noticed

    Cons

    can't think of any cons at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering people and giving them a sense of responsibility


  2. "great opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Lots of job possibilities because the company is large

    Cons

    A fair amount of conflict between similar imprints

  3. "Fun but a culture in some limbo"

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    Former Employee - Online Editor in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Online Editor in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to cool, fun people with lots of diverse interests
    FREE BOOKS
    Lots of events and things to plug into

    Cons

    Pay to experience level isn't great in many departments
    The merger left a lot of change in limbo and it seemed to drag on forEVER

    Advice to Management

    Staff isn't interchangeable. Don't treat them as such.


  4. "A good first job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and you will work with some incredibly intelligent and creative individuals.

    Cons

    The publishing industry is not profitable so your salaries will be incredibly low.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain talent you need to pay them.


  5. "No, No, a Thousand Times No"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Generous benefits. Decent salary.

    Cons

    Clueless management. They don't know what they're doing.


  6. "Generous 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

    Generous Benefits, Flexible Environment, Great Books!

    Cons

    Location and lots of dedicated long-term employees can make advancement difficult


  7. "Great Job. Strange Boss"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great titles to work on. Lots of camaraderie among the art department. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Paul Buckley is a strange man

    Advice to Management

    Schedule therapy sessions for Paul Buckley. Put a lock on his ability to send mass emails

  8. "generally good"

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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

    books, people who love books

    Cons

    not all people who work there seem to truly care about the books and authors themselves


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Also Free books!

    Cons

    Salary is low and doesn't increase quickly. Depending on departments, you could be an assistant for years and then when you eventually move up it is a pretty small bump.

    Advice to Management

    Make salary more competitive and invest in the growth of the employees more.


  10. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Great people, free books, fun, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Entry-level salary, but that's across the industry