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Updated February 5, 2019
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Pros
  • "Free Books and my coworkers are amazing" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Friendly people, strong management, work with books, great work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very little room for growth and no feedback" (in 7 reviews)

  • "The lack of communication between departments was astounding" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Overall positive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually-stimulating environment. Great coworkers. Fun work.

    Cons

    Hard to get raises outside outside leveraging job offers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits. Company overall tone-deaf."

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits if you can get them. A lot of really amazing people. Good hours. The work can be creative and exciting and rewarding. Some of the funniest and smartest people in the world work here.

    Cons

    Tone Deaf. Diversity a buzzword, not an actual goal. Not a ton of room for growth unless you leave & come back (in certain departments). Very little time off/sick time for newer hires. Industry-standard technological advancements move at a snails pace.

    Advice to Management

    Most people would rather have bonuses or raises or an extra week off than expensive holiday parties. Increase diversity in staff and also in the books you publish. And maybe sales strategy should not just be focused on white people.

  3. "Great Company Wrong Department"

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Take home as many books as you want (many hardcover and worth up to $75!)
    Pay was above average for entry level position
    Head of HR/Recruitment is really nice and tried to help me find another position within the company (see Cons for explanation)
    S&S automatically gives major holidays off to all employees and does Summer Fridays
    Benefits and Health, Denatal, and Eye Insurance are great
    Matches 401K contributions (approx $0.70 per $1)
    Office is in central NYC near Rockefeller Center and easy to get to.

    Cons

    Sales department is very cliquey and if you are not willing to “drink the Kool-Aid” they can get very nasty and make your work life miserable
    My pay was above average because nobody wanted to work for the supervisor and that above average pay meant I couldn’t change positions within the company (labor laws prevent companies from downgrading employees pay when it’s not at fault of their own)
    HR knows about the problems in the department but does not or maybe cannot do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the abuse and get rid of those who abuse their assistants. I know you’re a business and need to make money, but it is hard to make money if your employees keep leaving.


  4. "Friendly but very corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor
    Former Employee - Associate Editor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    There's a lot of trust in employees, which translates into a lot of freedom for young employees to take on responsibility.
    Very good health insurance.
    Lots of meetings, which takes up a lot of time, but it allows for corporate transparency. There's always a sense that management is working to improve the company, which is a big morale boost.

    Cons

    Very top heavy structure. There's a large assistant pool and a large executive pool, and not a lot of room for promotion. A good company to start out at, but not one you'll be able to stay at.
    Culture of overwork and unpaid overtime, and the belief that you'll do it because you love books, though that is endemic to the publishing industry as a whole.


  5. "Great First Job"

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

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

    Pros

    I made great friends and worked for a great boss and that makes coming to work less dreadful.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between higher ups and everyone else, Pay is terrible if you need to survive in New York, NO room for growth, After a year and a half I feel like there has been no room for me to grow in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate what's going on more to assistants, give assistants advice in how to advance their careers, offer more learning opportunities, and pay more.


  6. "The friends you make here will keep you sane"

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    Current Employee - Assistant
    Current Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So easy to make friends, especially if you're a female. I've met some of my best friends at this place.

    Cons

    Some people in certain divisions tend to be gossipy. Management of course will not look out for you.


  7. "Fun place to work but not much vertical movement"

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

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Books and my coworkers are amazing

    Cons

    Don't promote from within often
    Don't pay well

  8. "Overall, a good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about the industry, as this is one of the top publishers.

    Cons

    The ideas informing editorial decisions can be cynical or uncreative.


  9. "Customer Financial Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with good people

    Cons

    The company's culture is very old school


  10. "Corporate Communications Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Company is great, good benefits. Great opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Low pay, wish they offered a better salary especially because three don’t give bonuses