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Penguin Random House Canada Ltd.
Penguin Random House Canada employees in the Toronto office  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

  • Penguin Random House Canada's wellness benefit was recently updated to be used for most anything in support of employee well-being -- and has been used for the purchase of home office equipment, home cleaning, food ordering, tutoring and supplemental child care services
  • Penguin Random House Canada offers three weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to four weeks after their first year on the job -- additionally, employees can take advantage of five paid days off during the winter holidays and paid personal days off, which can be scheduled at employees' discretion
  • Penguin Random House Canada encourages employees to enjoy and be inspired by the results of their hard work, offering free access to books, free book ordering opportunities, access to author events and pre-publication book club events, as well as access to thousands of free book titles through the in-house e-reader app
Workspaces at Penguin Random House Canada's Toronto office  

Employer Background

Industry Book publishers
Established in Canada 2013
Parent company Bertelsmann
Parent company head office Gütersloh, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 270
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 12%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.5 years
Longest serving employee 41.5 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Hybrid work home office allowance, office equipment loan program, wellness benefit adapted to cover additional working from home costs (from home cleaning services to tutor support for kids), developing a spectrum of hybrid working options though conversations and feedback from employee teams and built around "work-life integration, inclusion, flexibility and trust"
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features in-house recording studio for the company’s podcasts and audiobook program that regularly hosts authors and recording artists, building has on-site daycare, retail Penguin Shop (flexible space that converts to showcase specific books, themes or charitable endeavours), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, table tennis, areas to read/book nooks (bookshelves and comfortable benches), servery areas per floor, fully stocked communal eating areas
Other food options at main location restaurant, cafeteria-style food hall with multiple options

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2013)
Past social events maintains a number of channels to help keep employees in touch, from formal updates from the CEO to spaces where employees can share pet photos, food ideas and music recommendations
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications weekly marketplace updates, town halls every 2 months, BENET (global intranet)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits profit-sharing plan available to some employees, year-end bonuses for some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 60 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 10 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $3,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information mental health benefit includes coverage for psychotherapists, registered psychologist and qualified social workers
Additional health and wellness initiatives hosts a mental health awareness month in January, annual flu shot clinic for over 10 years
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $4,500 per lifetime
Additional family-friendly benefits phased-in return to work for new parents, child care onsite
Additional family-friendly information maternity top-up, parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents is up to 75% of salary with the duration of top-up lasting until the benefit maximum ($5,000) is reached, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 USD per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 7 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leave offered on a case-by-case basis

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 40 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported First Book Canada, Festival of Literary Diversity, Indigenous Voices Awards, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Greg Younging Scholarship at Simon Fraser University, Toronto Public Library Foundation, Read for the Cure
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Penguin Random House Canada's charitable focus is to foster a universal passion for reading, writing, and literacy through support of literacy-based organizations, scholarship funding, employee volunteering, book donations, and other unique collaborations that benefit readers of all ages.

The Career Directory

Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Penguin Random House Canada's head office in Toronto

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Book publishers
Full-time employees in Canada 251 to 500
Parent company Bertelsmann
Parent company head office Gütersloh, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships
Training online training, in-house training, mentoring
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Penguin Random House Canada offers 6-month internship opportunities twice a year for new graduates interested in a future in publishing including a weekly education series, career planning, and networking opportunities. Permanent hires can receive student loan repayment assistance to a lifetime maximum of $9,000, educational assistance of up to $5,000 to pursue further work-related learning, in-house training and online resources, and a mentor match program to support professional development.
Typical new grad positions Editorial Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Marketing and Publicity Assistant, Events Coordinator, Contracts Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, Publishing Assistant, Production Assistant, Operations Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Group Sales Assistant, HR Administrative Assistant, Studio Coordinator
Starting salary $40K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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