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Updated February 7, 2018
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Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn K. Reidy
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  • Not much room for movement within the company and pay is not in line with the other big publishing houses (in 5 reviews)

  • No room to grow in NJ office and poor upper management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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. "Editorial"

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

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

    Pros

    Your colleagues will, in general, be smart and enthusiastic people who care about what they do. The work is often creative and satisfying, and the excitement of discovering and getting to publish a new voice is hard to beat.

    Cons

    The pay in publishing is always extremely low, and Simon and Schuster is known to pay less than other publishers. Especially at the upper levels, it's widely reported that the only way to get a raise is to get a better offer from another company. The hours are punishingly long, and in editorial in particular, opportunities for advancement can be a long time coming.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover is expensive, and you get the talent you pay for. If an employee does great work, then pay them what they're worth--don't wait until they're halfway out the door to another company to decide that you want to incentivize them to stick around.

  3. "It's ok."

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    Current Employee - Subsidiary Rights in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Subsidiary Rights in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simon & Schuster is an excellent brand and well respected in the industry. Working here will guarantee people take you seriously as you network and navigate next steps.

    The pay is comparable to other publishing houses, and the health benefits are good.

    Most people are friendly.

    Most people leave at a reasonable hour and do not have to check emails at night or over the weekend.

    Cons

    The company does not close for the winter holidays. You only get a day or two off making travel to visit relatives very difficult--especially if you need to travel to both your family and your in-laws. If you want more time, you have to use your paltry 10 days of vacation time.

    Highly filtered communication. There's communication with your direct report and none with the upper management. Meetings are often with department heads only. Anyone at the associate level will not get facetime with upper management. Haunting the kitchen seems like your best bet to getting some name and face recognition with higher ups.

    There are no work from home options.

    There seems to be little room for promotion, and what room there is seems to be in title only.

    Advice to Management

    A lunch with the Publisher and associates who have been working at S&S for a year or more but who are not yet management. It would help people who might otherwise be overlooked get time with the decision makers.


  4. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Respectful work environment that always fostered learning.

    Cons

    Not all that much room for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more room for growth for new talent.


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked organization and good structure. Nice group if people to work with

    Cons

    No room for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Make room for promotions for talanted / hard workers


  6. "Outsourced"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Simon & Schuster (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People in order processing are great, down to earth and helpful.

    Cons

    Seems much of technical staff is being outsourced. Not sure of incoming tech staffs personality and commitment

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate those you have


  7. "Easy to stay, not great at raises"

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

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Part of CBS, great benefits, active employee social network, Rock Center benefits

    Cons

    There is promotion from within, but the raises that go along with are meager

    Advice to Management

    Spend more to keep your best employees

  8. "Exciting 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a part of CBS corporation, they offer great benefits.

    Cons

    Publishing is a hard business to be in.


  9. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Assistant
    Current Employee - Assistant
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The free books are great, but that's probably about the only pro about working here. People are nice, depending which imprint and department you're in.

    Cons

    Assistants are not treated with respect because they are at the "bottom" of the hierarchy. Very corporate. The pay is absolutely terrible. There's hardly any diversity. Managers are completely uninterested in their direct reports' growth.

    Advice to Management

    Make managers go through training so they know how to run a team effectively.


  10. "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


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