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Simon & Schuster Reviews

Updated July 19, 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 30 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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    • 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. "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.

  3. "Customer Financial Services"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Corporate Communications Assistant"

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    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


  5. "Warehouse"

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

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with and everyone is very helpful.

    Cons

    None. I enjoy working here.


  6. "Publishing Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simon & Schuster full-time

    Pros

    - Great books
    - Free books
    - Good health insurance

    Cons

    - Too much work
    - Not enough pay
    - Not enough vacation/personal days
    - Too many meetings


  7. "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.

  8. "Really great place to work"

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    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


  9. "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.


  10. "Good people, low pay"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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