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Updated August 7, 2017
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Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn K. Reidy
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, not much emailing past 5 or at all on weekends (in 14 reviews)

  • Free books, interesting industry, decent health insurance (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Because of the extremely low pay, there was mostly one type of person hired: someone who had other sources of money to pay their New York rent (in 9 reviews)

  • Cogs in a wheel mentality- There are so many employees that you can get lost (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fair & Safe Company to Work For"

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

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    - Good Job Security
    - Very Smart Employees
    - Free Books
    - Fair Benefits

    Cons

    - Top-Heavy, not many associates to help with day to day
    - Not a lot of growth opportunity


  2. "2 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    great people, great books, great writers

    Cons

    some upper management very resistant to new ideas

  3. "QC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, manager of my department.

    Cons

    Time can drag when it isn't busy.


  4. "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Great Manager, learned a lot

    Cons

    Difficult to grow, poor company structure


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Old school publishing"

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

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits; great co-workers.

    Cons

    No flex time or work-at-home days--not particularly working-parent friendly. Not much room for movement within the company and pay is not in line with the other big publishing houses. No advantages to being a long-term employee (raises, flexibility, etc).


  6. "Junior Children's Designer"

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    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great diversity of projects, wonderful team and working environment. The work involves a variety of responsibilities and encourages creative thinking and having fun with designs. Very stable work hours, great benefits.

    Cons

    Rhythm of work shifts from very busy and rushed to very slow often, and some projects have very standardized design, which doesn't leave a lot of room for creative design and experimentation. There is an established hierarchy of design positions, and it is difficult to move within the company without going through set increments.

    Advice to Management

    The career hierarchy does make it quite frustrating at times, since it feels like there are few opportunities to move up through hard work and being compensated in that way. It would be more motivating and exciting if there were more flexibility with promotions and increasing job responsibilities without having to go through the set increments of time.


  7. "Books > Corporate Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great books. Motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Advancement is slow, and many employees are told that in order to get a raise they should attempt to get a job offer elsewhere. Very corporate environment

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain your staff. With frequent staff turnover, departments are losing a lot of institutional knowledge.

  8. "S&S"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    A lot of great books

    Cons

    They don't invest in their staff


  9. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Free books, interesting industry, decent health insurance

    Cons

    Very little possibility to grow, pay is low , outdated systems.


  10. "Senior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely office in Rock Center. Great HR department. Carolyn Reidy was a joy to meet and interact with.

    Cons

    Paid workers lower than industry standard. Management was very difficult to work with. Cold and dismissive working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in your employees.


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