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Penguin Random House Reviews

Updated 23 Jan 2020

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3.8
72%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
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Penguin Random House  CEO Markus Dohle (no image)
Markus Dohle
204 Ratings
Pros
  • "Plus, there are bookshelves everywhere from which to take free books(in 78 reviews)

  • "Fantastic company, great benefits, focus on learning(in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay; few full-time job opportunities, mobility(in 32 reviews)

  • "The big problem with Penguin Random House is that it is a very loyal company(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Busy"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Support in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Intelligent staff, fast pace, interesting

    Cons

    Low salary for workload. Long hours

    Penguin Random House 2020-01-23
  2. "Great Learning Opportunity for Entry Level Employees (ie Assts)"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, and PTO. You can basically take off whenever you'd like (in moderation)

    Cons

    Salary. Very low salary for entry level--and in general. It's hard to live in New York with this salary. DIFFICULT to move up within dept.

    Penguin Random House 2020-01-19
  3. "Publishing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Heritage brands, incredible opportunities to work with both debut and established authors

    Cons

    Compensation is low in publishing generally and lack of progression

    Penguin Random House 2020-01-15
  4. "Bad atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and interesting projects, opportunities to meet interesting people

    Cons

    Toxic and uncomfortable office environment

    Penguin Random House 2020-01-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Associate Publicist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits great coworkers amazing titles to work on

    Cons

    too little pay (but that's just publishing in general) too much politics

    Penguin Random House 2019-12-04
  6. "Nothing Happening Outside of NYC"

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    Former Employee - Data Management in Westminster, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry is interesting. Free books. Top leadership is passionate about the business. Good benefits. Stable employment.

    Cons

    Front line and middle management tend to be promoted into the position due to familiarity with superiors and/or for having been with the organization for a very long time, not because of leadership qualities. Every office outside of NYC HQ tends to be forgotten - not as many benefits and perks; rarely highlighted in corporate communications; lack of investment in facilities, etc. Pay is low. Would trade in some benefits (that were never used anyway) for straight cash.

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    Advice to Management

    Front line management drove away many great employees during my time there. How can you have long term success if top talent is leaving? Massive disconnect in culture between NYC HQ and every other location needs to be addressed. Information technology needs modernization. Administrative type processes contain unbelievable waste and need overhauling. Take more risks. You're going to die if you can't reach customers outside of Amazon.

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    Penguin Random House 2019-12-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Associate Publicist in New York, NY
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The extra benefits are really great (e.g. student loan repayment assistance, extensive vacation time, good health coverage).

    Cons

    The retention for POCs is really low and there aren't many POCs in executive positions to offer mentorship, either. They have a good D&I committee and they are certainly making an effort, but this is a very white industry and it can be challenging to be the only voice in a room.

    Penguin Random House 2019-12-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great at culture and diversity"

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    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penguin Random House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great culture and people from all backgrounds - Busy, but staff and colleagues always have time for you - No strict policies and procedures to follow

    Cons

    - Lack of career progression - Salary is below market rate - Ageing technology stack means the business are way behind competitors and always playing catch up

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in IT infrastructure

    Penguin Random House 2019-11-24
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penguin Random House full-time

    Pros

    Great paid time off, great benefits, great work and life balance. lifelong employees, wonderful CEO.

    Cons

    Management can be poor. Starting salaries are not good, and raises aren't plentiful enough, but there are lots of growth opportunities.

    Penguin Random House 2019-11-20
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great company culture, problematic managers"

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

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

    Pros

    The company culture is great and it feels very much like the company actually cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Publishing as a whole is a low-pay industry, but it feels extra insulting when working at the top publishing house in the world still doesn't pay you enough to live comfortably in NYC. Many divisions are run by bad managers that have been with the company for many years and are unwilling to change and adapt to new policies and technologies.

    Penguin Random House 2019-11-08
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