Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated 8 Sep 2020

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3.8
77%
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84%
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Penguin Random House  CEO Markus Dohle (no image)
Markus Dohle
218 Ratings
Pros
  • "Plus, there are bookshelves everywhere from which to take free books(in 78 reviews)

  • "Amazing team, great work life balance(in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay" because we "love what we do" is code for continuing to hire the same type of rich white employee who can afford NYC on a tiny salary(in 34 reviews)

  • "Starting salaries are low, though competitive for the industry(in 21 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Good team work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and team spirit

    Cons

    Disorganized sometimes high turnover staff

  2. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company, terrific culture and work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted as it’s not a growing business


  3. "++"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly place to work and with good benefits

    Cons

    There no cons I can think of.

  4. "great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    wonderful place to work, benefits great

    Cons

    the pay could be better

  5. "PRH review"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    great coworkers and company identity

    Cons

    not great job growth opportunities

  6. "corporate hierarchy"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    incredible benefits, incredible authors, world class colleagues

    Cons

    poor compensation, poor work/life balance, poor communication

  7. "good brand name"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Poor management and can be improved

  8. "Great Temporary Job if you need extra cash"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operator in Grantham, England

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Helpful senior management - Easily switch jobs (pack/pick) - Colleagues helpful - Easy to pick up jobs - Flexible overtime

    Cons

    - Early starts and long hours

  9. "Slow moving career trajectory but enjoyable work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Work is interesting and not very stressful

    Cons

    Salaries are low and work culture in corporate departments is only good if you have been there 10+ years

  10. "Good company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, easy work

    Cons

    It's a bit hard to move up

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