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  1. "A great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster Children's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, wonderful coworkers, creative and efficient workflow throughout the office

    Cons

    This office is located in Rockefeller Center so the area is quite touristy


  2. "Okay workplace."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster Children's full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth if you befriend the right people.

    Cons

    Management can be terrible and very short sighted.

    Advice to Management

    Need to take newer employees more seriously, and address concerns before major problems arise.

  3. "Career employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster Children's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment , consistent workflow , acceptable benefits , used to promote from within.

    Cons

    Management had become disconnected from labor. Lapses in communication. Reactive instead of proactive advancement of staff in positions.

    Advice to Management

    You're only as good as the people under you.
    Care for them as they've cared for you.


  4. "Good quality of life, lousy pay"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very successful publisher. They know their business very well and the culture is hard working but far from over the top. Hours allow employees to have an actual life outside the workday

    Cons

    Salary scale must assume everyone there has a $5M trust fund and works in the industry as a gentlemanly pursuit only

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth to be able to keep better non-publishing people from defecting to industries that pay more competitively


  5. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster Children's full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Autonomy. Somewhat interesting work.

    Cons

    Overworked. Under paid. Management a bit unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate between departments/imprints. Appreciate your staff.


  6. "S&S Kids is a wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work, with a fun and creative atmosphere and a genuinely friendly, community-oriented group of colleagues. People get along very well and bond together over helping to work on great books, and the books really are very well-done. The environment during the work day really is one of support and collaboration and it doesn't feel corporate at all.

    Cons

    Because it is publishing, promotions and fair raises are hard to come by. The company will find any excuse not to promote you unless they absolutely have to, which is pretty much true all across publishing, but just something to be aware of if this is the field you're going into.


  7. "No opportunities for growth and poor management. Insular environment."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster Children's full-time

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, Rock Center location, easy access to transit.

    Cons

    Compensation is awful and turnover is high because people often find the need to move to another house to get promoted. There is no investment in employee training and retention and lower-level staff takes on responsibilities greater than their level but do not get compensated for it. All internal systems are outdated and archaic.

    Senior managers are resistant to change and innovation, despite the industry chatter that change is needed in order for our business to survive. Most higher ups prove to be fairly incompetent towards any sort of new or social media. The "Boys Club" mentality still exists and there is no respect for someone with an advanced degree or real business knowledge.

    No one is promoted based on merit; all promotions depend on someone leaving for you to take their place, and promotions are only allowed once a year during the month of April.

    HR is very unresponsive and reluctant to challenge upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better management training programs and review your middle and senior-level employees frequently. Give your employees greater incentive to invest in the company and realize that your entry-level employees are incredibly well educated and savvy and should be seen as tools for better business, not a threat to your insular club.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "SImon & Schuster is a good place to start, but difficult to advance"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Relatively fun environment, but things have changed the past couple of years with budget cuts.
    Little things done to boost employee morale.

    Cons

    SImon & Schuster is a good place to start, but difficult to advance


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great people, good communication flow

    Cons

    Low pay, otherwise nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    Overtime would help entry-level staff a great deal


  10. "Simon and Schuster Children's - Only OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Keep churning out only mediocre books. Where's the creativity?

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive and get into the web!