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The 20 Best Publishing Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (January 2021)

Looking for a new job in publishing? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best publishing companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Publishing companies on this list have 10 or more submissions as of January 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best publishing companies to work for

1. Chronicle Books

3.9 stars

Chronicle Books is a publishing company headquartered in the San Francisco, CA area, that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and the people you work with (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Chronicle Books:

"Incredibly supportive for working parents, especially mothers. "

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2. Rodale, Inc

3.9 stars

Rodale, Inc is a publishing company headquartered in the Emmaus, PA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and family growth support (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Rodale, Inc:

"- Offer 8-weeks paid maternity leaves for women as well as 10-days paid paternity leaves for men. - Provide up to 10k for adoption assistance - Have an on-site child-care enter…"

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3. N2 Publishing

3.8 stars

N2 Publishing is a publishing company that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (5.0 stars) and ability to telecommute (5.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for N2 Publishing:

"It is entirely up to you to generate the success you want."

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4. HarperCollins Publishers

3.7 stars

HarperCollins Publishers is a publishing company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and flexible work hours (3.1 stars).

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5. Hachette Book Group

3.5 stars

Hachette Book Group is a publishing company headquartered in the Boston, MA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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6. Crain Communications Inc

3.5 stars

Crain Communications Inc is a publishing company headquartered in the Croydon area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (4.2 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

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7. National Geographic

3.5 stars

National Geographic is a publishing company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for National Geographic:

"Although there is still an "old boys' club" mentality (especially in the top ranks), there are a lot of wonderful opportunities for women."

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8. SAGE Publications

3.5 stars

SAGE Publications is a publishing company headquartered in the Thousand Oaks, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.7 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

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9. Penguin Random House

3.4 stars

Penguin Random House is a publishing company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and paid time off (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Penguin Random House:

"I love my job and the company I work for. I have been there for 3 years and I enjoy it immensely. 4 weeks of vacation each year and I am happy to go to work every day"

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10. Hearst Magazines

3.2 stars

Hearst Magazines is a publishing company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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11. Time, Inc

3.2 stars

Time, Inc is a publishing company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and the people you work with (3.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Time, Inc:

"Time Inc (Seattle office) is such a fantastic place to work, mostly because of the amazing team!"

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12. Simon and Schuster

3.1 stars

Simon and Schuster is a publishing company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.7 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Simon and Schuster:

"Great company to work for with a woman at the helm. Under the CBS corp, so fantastic benefits and healthcare."

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13. Scholastic

3.1 stars

Scholastic is a publishing company headquartered in the Arlington, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.5 stars) and paid time off (3.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Scholastic:

"It was a great environment to work in and the people were great."

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14. Macmillan

3.0 stars

Macmillan is a publishing company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.9 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.6 stars).

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15. TMC

2.9 stars

TMC is a publishing company headquartered in the Trumbull, CT area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.4 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.3 stars).

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16. tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing)

2.9 stars

tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing) is a publishing company headquartered in the Chicago, IL area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and the people you work with (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing):

"Loved the people I worked with. Salary and job stability were disappointing. There were however great benefits, vacation Time, 401K, upward movement, flexible hours in some cases,…"

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17. Oxford University Press

2.7 stars

Oxford University Press is a publishing company headquartered in the Cary, NC area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.1 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars).

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18. John Wiley and Sons

2.8 stars

John Wiley and Sons is a publishing company headquartered in the Chichester, United Kingdom area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and the people you work with (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for John Wiley and Sons:

"Best Place! Made me feel at home! Everyone is very supportive, friendly, and eager to be there. "

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19. Springer Nature

2.8 stars

Springer Nature is a publishing company headquartered in the Berlin area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.5 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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20. LifeWay Christian Resources

2.7 stars

LifeWay Christian Resources is a publishing company headquartered in the Nashville, TN area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.2 stars) and flexible work hours (3.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for LifeWay Christian Resources:

"I was very well taken care of. My boss worked with me for time off and always tried to stretch me with new learning opportunities. My employers and coworkers were all encouraging …"

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Companies with at least 10 submissions from current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of January 1, 2021.

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