Random House: The Best Book Publishing Company to Work For
Individual departments are encouraged to develop their own initiatives, events and traditions, ranging from “the seriously high-minded and idealistic to the very practical to nutty,” Gibson says. Employees at Random House Children’s Books, for instance, enjoy flex time, in-house author events, “supervisor feedback” weeks (when employees review their bosses), employee arts-and-crafts shows, ice cream socials—even cart races and beer pong.
“We believe in a healthy combination of work and play at Random House,” Steilberg says. “Celebrations such as Dr. Seuss Day or Take Our Children to Work Day are immensely popular with employees.”
At these events, employees and visitors are treated to fun activities around the office and might, without realizing it, get their picture taken with Olson—he has been invited to show up incognito, dressed as, for example, “The Cat in the Hat” or “Pat the Bunny.”
Then there’s the annual Children’s Books Halloween party, described by Gibson as “an extravaganza of creative competitiveness, and a wonder to behold.”
“We are also fond of group celebrations,” he continues, “gala-themed events which often involve celebrity authors and illustrators … past themes have included Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Preppy Drinking in the ’80s, Lusty Pirates, King Kamehameha Day, Party Wars, on and on …”
With such an emphasis on quality work and play, it may be hard to quibble with Olson’s statement, “We want everyone to share our belief that if you want a career in trade book publishing, you want to work at Random House.” BB
James Sturdivant is an award-winning freelance writer based in Philadelphia.
Related story: A Closer Look at the Top Companies