Depending on which study results you stumble upon, somewhere between 60 percent and almost 90 percent of Americans don’t like their jobs. And somewhere between 1 million and 1.4 million people call in sick every day. Sure, a percentage of those people probably have the flu, migraines or other ailments, but many of them likely have a serious case of Ihatemyjobitis.
Book Business’ first annual study on the “20 Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For” explores which companies in the industry rank highest among their employees for overall job satisfaction. Each company that was nominated by its employees was rated based on a number of different factors, such as pride in company performance and reputation; fairness and openness of company management; workload; and respect for employees’ personal lives, among others. The profiles below show how each company ranked for certain factors. For example, some companies ranked highest in “respect for employee personal life,” but may have ranked lower for “satisfying benefits package.”
So, depending on what your priorities are, you might find a company more appealing if it has a lower benefits ranking, but a higher ranking for personal-professional-life balance. Or, maybe you want a company with a great benefits package and lots of growth opportunity. The following profiles can help you evaluate each company’s performance rating in each area, as well as to see specific reasons why employees feel their companies are great to work for.
1 Random House Inc.
The world’s largest English-language trade book publisher. Random House Inc. is the U.S. division of Random House, the book division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media companies. Its imprints include the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Crown Publishing Group, Doubleday Broadway, Knopf Publishing Group, Random House Publishing Group and Random House Children’s Books, among others.