Productive and bust workplace that allows for growth and advancement
Intern (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 8 July 2017
This internship is great for anybody and everybody, especially people that are interested in the world of publishing but are not sure which part of the industry they would like to explore.
I have two supervisors, in trade editorial and trade publicity. On a typical day, I get work from many of the stages of production of a book, from reading proposals to post-production activities like mailings and blog posts about upcoming titles.
This really is a great internship to get your foot in the door.
Productive, team based, comfortable working environment.
Marketing Intern (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 21 November 2016
W.W. Norton is a very rare company to find, as I did not require to have a close relationship with anyone already employed here to get hired. Every employee I've encountered has been very welcoming. They've built a family here by working with individuals who have matching credentials, not by deciding if they personally like or dislike the person during interviews.
Norton employees work together as a team, help each other improve, resulting in a comfortable, productive working environment for all.
Editorial intern (Former Employee) – New York, NY – 27 December 2015
From what I can tell from my time at Norton, no one there loves their job. No one. There are some great people there, but they spend most of their time online shopping and on the phone with stubborn authors rather than digging in to their work with the passion I would hope for/expect. The office itself is a labyrinth of closed doors that doesn't facilitate any camaraderie whatsoever. Good luck if you start as an intern! You'll "work" in the kitchen... or spend lots of hours reading books for fun because you have nothing else to do. The wisest of interns use their days to apply for other positions.
A great place to work provided you are deemed valuable
User Experience Designer (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 25 October 2015
Norton is a wonderful place to work. It is especially cool if you care about books and enjoy seeing what the company puts out. Norton has been a good place to explore my interests and allowing me to transform into several different roles during my time here. The company only recently declared itself as ‘a software company’ and is going through those growing pains. Inexperience with web development and design is painfully clear. I fortunately have found time to have a healthy work life balance but that does lead to some busy work weeks. The hours are mostly what you make them with some expectation to work on your free time. Compensation is below average so I work harder during the day and try not to take work home with me. Aside from the upper tiers, salary at Norton seems to be mostly below average for New York. Common reasons given for these salary ranges are “well this *is* publishing after all” and “we don’t see the value add.” The company does put out cool books but now seems to value profits over progress. Quick decisions are often valued over thoughtful ones. It seems like things will sort themselves out eventually, but I wouldn’t expect that for another few years.
Freelance Proofreader (Former Employee) – New York, NY – 13 August 2014
Working independently as a proofreader for a well-established publisher was a joy. I was given clear instructions and expectations, and reasonable time in which to complete the task.
Some might wilt at the idea of working in isolation, but I never shrink from independent work tasks. Any questions I had concerning the assignment were answered quickly and thoughtfully, and as such, I never felt alone in my work.