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Updated March 28, 2018
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Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn K. Reidy
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Pros
  • Friendly people, strong management, work with books, great work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Free books, interesting industry, decent health insurance (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management tends to treat the assistants very poorly (in 6 reviews)

  • It is impossible to live in NYC on this degradingly low salary (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall positive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good place to work but high stress"

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    Current Employee - Managing Editorial Assistant
    Current Employee - Managing Editorial Assistant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the people in my department. The Xmas party was great!

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful, S&S has a reputation for crashing books on short schedules and it's often deserved.

  3. "Really great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, strong management, work with books, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, not a lot of growth opportunities


  4. "Editorial Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    If HR likes you, they'll do their best to keep you and address any concerns you may have.
    Great, smart, funny people to work with.
    The work is sometimes extremely fun.
    Moderate freedom to work

    Cons

    Upward growth is extremely slow & very difficult (in editorial department, as is standard for the industry).
    Often work is monotonous and circuitous (in editorial department, as is standard in the industry).
    Innovation goes unrewarded and often is discouraged.
    Low salary for long hours (slightly higher salary than is standard for the industry).

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovation and increase efficiency. The old-school "do things as they've always been done" method should be discouraged in upper management, and most changes suggested by younger employees are shot down.


  5. "Good people, low pay"

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

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    The people are great and the books are fun. The CEO is inspiring and seems to care.

    Cons

    From comparing to friends who work for other publishers, it seems like the pay at S&S is lower, even though we publish a lot of books each year.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  6. "Stay Away!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The free books are honestly so great. The almost make up for the low salary. You occasionally get to meet some famous authors and the people you work with are incredibly smart.

    Cons

    Upper management tends to treat the assistants very poorly. Often very rude because you're at entry level. And If you are a person of color, good luck. Implicit racism is very real here.

    Advice to Management

    Have serious training with upper management so they know how to effectively run a team.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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