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The 20 Best Publishing Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (March 2020)

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 been rated by 10 or more participants as of March 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best publishing companies to work for

1. Chronicle Books

4.1 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 the people you work with (4.7 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.6 stars).

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

"Chronicle Books is a supportive, collaborative, and incredibly nice place to work. I feel lucky to work with smart and funny colleagues who are passionate about creating and pub..."

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2. N2 Publishing

4.0 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:

"N2 is an incredible company for anyone interested in flexibility, personal growth, and a community atmosphere. "

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3. Hachette Book Group

3.6 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 (4.4 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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4. National Geographic

3.6 stars

National Geographic is a publishing company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and the people you work with (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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5. Rodale, Inc

3.5 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 family growth support (4.3 stars) and paid time off (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 ent..."

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6. 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 paid time off (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.1 stars).

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

"I'm proud to work in a department where we all happen to be women, our directors our women and our sales director is a woman. This industry is definitely woman dominant but the ..."

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7. Crain Communications Inc

3.3 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 equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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8. John Wiley and Sons

3.3 stars

John Wiley and Sons is a publishing company headquartered in the Singapore, Singapore area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and the people you work with (4.0 stars).

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

"Wiley has adopted a "Women Leading Wiley" program, a company-wide initiative that provides female colleagues with the resources and development needed to achieve leadership posi..."

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9. 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 equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.8 stars).

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10. LifeWay Christian Resources

3.2 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 the people you work with (4.1 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.6 stars).

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

"Depending on the department you worked in, it was a great place to work. Encouragement from direct leadership continuously happened."

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11. Time, Inc

3.1 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. Macmillan

3.1 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 (3.8 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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13. TMC

3.1 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 maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars) and paid time off (3.6 stars).

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14. HarperCollins Publishers

3.0 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 management opportunities (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for HarperCollins Publishers:

"Very friendly and women-friendly. There are a disproportionate number of women in entry-level roles, even number at mid- to high-level roles, but still disproportionately male i..."

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15. Scholastic

3.0 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 maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.6 stars).

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

"Scholastic culture truly differs depending on your location. The biggest problem with the Lacey office is the management, particularly the Inside Sales Manager, a woman. She has..."

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16. Oxford University Press

2.9 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 maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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17. McClatchy

2.8 stars

McClatchy is a publishing company headquartered in the Sacramento, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.6 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.5 stars).

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

"Great work environment, mostly women in the office. Everyone is so helpful and friendly, even though it's sales. It's a great first job, with plenty of buffers on goals to allow..."

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18. tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing)

2.7 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 case..."

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19. VICE Media

2.3 stars

VICE Media is a publishing company headquartered in the Brooklyn, NY area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for social activities and environment (3.5 stars) and paid time off (2.8 stars).

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20. Sandhills Publishing

2.3 stars

Sandhills Publishing is a publishing company headquartered in the Lincoln, NE area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.4 stars) and salary satisfaction (2.9 stars).

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of March 1, 2020.

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