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Perseus Books Group New York City Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, flexible schedules, summer Fridays, interesting work (in 7 reviews)

  • The one pro with this company are the summer hours (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay for low-mid level employees, especially for the Bay Area- they don't take cost of living into consideration at all (in 8 reviews)

  • With the split & changeover to Ingram & Hachett in place there are a few uncertainties with job security, and company direction (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "RIP Perseus"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Team Member in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once upon a time, Perseus Books Group was a fun, innovative, up-by-the-boot-straps amalgam of book publishers and book distribution services companies; modest pay, dedicated employees, non-heirarchical, not-too-corporate 'speak-your-mind' structure, successfully publishing good books with much esprit-de-corps despite jerry-rigged infrastructure, undercapitalized systems, and understaffed overwhelmed departments. Then the goals of management shifted to selling the whole thing to someone else, and ultimately did. Publishing units were bought by Hachette; distribution services to Ingram; and Perseus Books Group is no more. RIP.

    Cons

    Perseus Books Group is no more.

    Advice to Management

    Fare thee well.


  2. "Salary too low to justify working here"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible with time off and personal needs.

    Cons

    -Low salary and very small wages.

  3. "Poor Salaries, Bad Management"

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

    Pros

    Work is not boring. Summer hours. Flexible work schedules. Insurance package pretty good.

    Cons

    Very poor salaries. We are only given 2% raises. Upper management gets bonuses but there are none for everyone else. Friends get promoted and hired, even when it is not deserved. Too much work assigned to each person in my department, but our manager does not help. It is like this in other departments too. Management is not effective. They have no vision. Company is up for sale, but management will not tell us anything. Not a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Better salaries would help the general work atmosphere.


  4. "Market follower"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company. Flexible. Good for early career education at lower levels.

    Cons

    Small company. Market follower, not leader. Struggling. Very little to no chance for career advancement.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Associate"

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    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Morris Plains, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perseus Books Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great overall environment with good, nice people. The location is in a nice spot as well

    Cons

    There is sometimes not enough work to do and not too much company cohesiveness


  6. Helpful (4)

    "one bad apple"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Perseus Books Group full-time

    Pros

    Almost all people who work here are professional, kind and nice. People are good to go for beer with and care about their work. Office itself is really nice, with a little cafe with nice coffee machine.

    Cons

    The leadership is AWOL. This allows bad apples to dominate. And there is one bad apple in particular... . Anyone who has worked in NY OFFICE knows who I mean. This person gets away with behavior that wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else. I'm talking about really cruel, divisive, borderline harassment type behavior. What does this person have on the CEO? We all wonder.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the problem doesn't exist. It doesn't make it go away. It is unethical to let people struggle under a a person like this. How many people have to leave?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good smart people, most overworked and underpaid, publishing good books despite difficult conditions"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A collegial and respectful culture inside most individual imprints and departments; smart, conscientious, fun, and largely un-snobby employees; since there aren't really enough people to get the work done initiative is always welcome so there are ways to learn & grow on the job (though you may never be paid for it or officially promoted); Perseus imprints and distribution clients publish lots of wonderful good books to be proud of. Lots of opportunities to socialize with bright, fun colleagues. Most people are politically progressive & engaged in issues/causes/endeavors beyond their career ambitions.

    Cons

    In the last few years management has been focussed on selling the company, cutting overhead, and/or growing the distribution side of the business, and has devoted few resources devoted to building Perseus publishing imprints, better and more integrated systems, or supporting chronically overworked and underpaid staff. Everyone has more to do than any one person can possibly do, and there is too little support staff for the volume of work, ever more stringent budgets, and a mishmash of primitive systems to navigate that makes every task take longer. Since the near- but aborted sale of the company to Hachette and Ingram, morale is low and anxiety high. Raises are typically 1-2% if you get one at all, less than the rise in benefits cost and cost of living, and management's attitude about that is that if you don't like it, go get another job --we'll easily replace you with someone else who won't complain. Unsurprisingly, many employees feel unseen, unheard, burned out, and devalued.

    It didn't used to be like this at Perseus. Five+ years ago the company and its culture seemed optimistic, open, creative, collegial, nonhierarchical and innovative, and employees were devoted to it despite a somewhat lower pay scale than the majors. That's changed, and it's sad.

    Advice to Management

    Management isn't interested in advice from the likes of me.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable atmosphere"

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

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy within your own job. It's a small company so you don't feel lost there.

    Cons

    Future of the company is unstable and CEO seems to be ok with that. The sale to Hachette would've been great if it went through - I left a few months after due to low morale and lack of advancement opportunities. Workplace can be clique-ish.


  9. "Friendly group"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Perseus Books Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really good group of people to be around and work with.

    Cons

    Raises weren't great, but that could probably be said for most publishing companies.

    Advice to Management

    Retain in-house talent


  10. "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here were great - the environment is supportive and is condusive to learning.

    Cons

    Perseus is a company that has grown a lot without the proper systems and procedures to accompany the growth. With HR in Jackson, various databases and cut costs, career growth depends more on luck than ability.

    Advice to Management

    A real HR system would help grow and retain talent.


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