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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 (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • Penguin Random House Canada's wellness benefit (originally established to encourage physical activity and fitness) was expanded during the pandemic to allow for the purchase of desks, office equipment and even heaters and air conditioners or whatever equipment was needed to to help employees build a comfortable home office
  • Penguin Random House Canada helps employees plan securely for the future with matching RSP contributions and a defined benefit pension plan, and also extends health benefits to retirees (with no age limit and 100 per cent premium coverage)
  • 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
Souvankham Thammavongsa, an author at Penguin Random House Canada, accepts the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book 'How to Pronounce Knife'  

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 251
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 41 years


Pandemic response moved to work-from-home arrangements (and let employees take home needed equipment), introduced enhanced safety, mitigation and cleaning protocols for onsite employees, established a formal Future of Work Committee comprised of employees from across the company that meet regularly to discuss and plan for the future of work "while retaining our company culture"

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
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 Union Station, Metro Hall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Social & Charitable Committee (est. 2013)
Past social events moved many social events to virtual events during the pandemic, including hosting over 400 virtual book events (and counting), hosted an all-day online event early in the pandemic to provide employees (and others) working at home with a source of connection, creativity, and entertainment, including story time and crafting for kids, a brunch cook-along, a book club, a meditation session, and more
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media

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
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits 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
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
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)
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 was enhanced in the first few months of 2020 to include coverage for services provided by a psychotherapist (previously only covered services by a registered psychologist or qualified social worker)
Additional health and wellness initiatives second Mental Health Awareness Month (January 2020) included internal presentations and workshops including a thorough benefits review, a meditation and mindfulness workshop, seated desk yoga, and breathing and stretching exercises, also held a “drop everything and read” event (offering free books on health and wellness in the lunchroom and encouraging employees to take a break), 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
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting
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 until the benefit maximum ($5,000) is reached, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 USD per child, closed office on a few Fridays in 2020 to facilitate time off and prevent burnout, hired a local daycare to provide in-office child care for kids in January 2020 due to Ontario teachers' strikes (social committee and HR team planned 2 trips to Ripley's, snacks and lunch), welcoming 30 children and supporting 17 parents and caregivers over the 6 days of school closures

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

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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

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 35 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 built around support for campaigns and initiatives that further diversity, equity, and inclusion in the literary world, promote literacy and reading culture, support freedom of expression, and reflect the firm's "belief in the power of books to connect and change lives".
Pandemic-related community initiatives Penguin Random House Canada initiated a COVID-19 Relief Fund for independent bookstores to help them through the pandemic and subsequent closures, partnered with the Toronto Public Library (donating children's books for hampers delivered to families in need when schools were closed), and donated books to All About Kids daycare.

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Book publishers
Full-time employees in Canada 101 to 250
Parent company Bertelsmann
Parent company head office Gütersloh, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships
Training orientation program, 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 Offers 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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