Simon & Schuster Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2020

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2.8
36%
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92%
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Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn K. Reidy
Carolyn K. Reidy
91 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free books and a lot of office space(in 35 reviews)

  • "Friendly people, strong management, work with books, great work/life balance(in 18 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 11 reviews)

  • "S&S also gives less time off than any of the other big 5 publishers(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Loved it!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very friendly upper management and a lot of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    dated software systems used to track titles and manage backlists

  2. "could be better"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some co workers are great

    Cons

    hard to move up, very low salary especially when being promoted internally


  3. "Poor Management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free books and a lot of office space.

    Cons

    In my dept, VP's and higher have no idea what is going on in their departments. Inadequate and weak middle management with very little experience. Total lack of communication. So frustrating.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great company if you're blonde and hate money"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Subsidiary Rights 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some genuine people who work here. Some of the books are readable.

    Cons

    S&S has been using the same internal systems for decades. They have no idea how to upgrade systems and get up to speed where other industries are. Publicity doesn't even know what digital publicity efforts look like yet. It's insane how behind the times this company is. There is a huge lack of diversity at this company like any publisher - nearly everyone is blonde haired and blue eyed. Corporate is attempting to diversify by hiring a lot of Asians in lower level positions which is hilarious because that isn't diversity. Now they claim they will look into ways to support black people entering the industry which is laughable because the best way to attract diverse talent is by having attractive pay. No INTELLIGENT self -respecting college graduate is going to just sit there and accept a 1% annual pay raise and a starting salary of 37k without a bonus or incentives. After 5 years I have yet to break 50K in this company and I've been in publishing 10 years. We work too hard for too little. S&S also gives less time off than any of the other big 5 publishers. Why stay here when we could at least get more time of elsewhere? If you have issues relating to bullying, sexism, harrassment, etc, HR will not back you up. My supervisor enjoys tracking my lunch and bathroom breaks and has been doing so for at least a year. S/he eventually came out and accused me of a two hour lunch with zero proof - s/he confused a bathroom break with my going out to lunch since s/he never bothered to walk by again with his/her side glance to see that I came back from the bathroom and then later left for a lunch break. When I proved I didn't take this lengthy lunch s/he imagined up, s/he didn't apologize. Apparently butt and seat time is more valuable that the revenue I've generated for an ailing dinosaur company. I have heard similiar nasty stories from others who work in the company - bosses making them do things unrelated to actual work, bosses that say racist (cough subconscious bias as HR is now calling it) things to their staff, etc. This kind of atttude is not isolated - you'll find it throughout the higher levels of the company.

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  5. "Your Manager is Key"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You'll get to work with smart people and on smart books.

    Cons

    Often the only way to get a raise is to get offered another job.

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  6. "Review headline"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will work for and with some genuinely smart, creative people You will learn to do a lot Mostly a collegial atmosphere

    Cons

    Very hard to move ahead...plan to regularly be seeking competing offers Because it's so limited, turnover is very high and continuity is an issue Very dated software and internal systems Company is so far behind the media landscape that it's depressing...invested virtually nothing in robust digital/social marketing and data analytics Incompetency and laziness at the executive level is widespread...people at VP level are woefully underqualified but they are friends with so-and-so Actual building and infrastructure is filthy Very narrow vision for an industry that is dying quickly People will steal your ideas or methodologies and pass them off as their own or attach themselves to them You will be expected to use your own devices and data plans but not be compensated for it

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunity for growth, average publishing problems"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love learning from the people with decades of experience!

    Cons

    There's not a clear raise schedule and compensation is not exceptional--even in an hourly position you're expected to work overtime without compensation for those hours.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Close The Chapter..."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    There are some brilliant, hard-working people that are passionate about the industry and excellent at their jobs. They deserve to be fairly compensated and recognized for their talents, but unfortunately they are not. There is a generous amount of PTO (you'll need it). The benefits are decent.

    Cons

    The pay is abysmal. Not once was I ever approached about how the job was going nor was a discussion about career growth/future opportunities ever in the periphery. Both diversity and a warm culture are lacking (i.e. gossipy culture). Senior management seems burnt out/overwhelmed and has little idea how to effectively promote a positive atmosphere. There are minimal opportunities to engage with your team beyond day to day tasks, leading to an individualist environment. Meetings are generally run without everyone having a seat at the table, quite literally. Turnover is remarkably high.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer operations"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Operations in Riverside, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great boss, good schedule

    Cons

    Low salary, no promotions

  10. "Same old, same old publishing"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location, interesting co-workers, working with interesting authors

    Cons

    Hornet's nest of people who are competitive and backstabbing. Budgets being cut. Authors are nice than management

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