Take a Virtual Trip to the Random House Offices with Us!
Last week, several of us field reps traveled to our New York offices. We don’t actually visit very often, so this was really exciting for us all! Though our week was cut short by the impending Nemo storm, we had a wonderful time and thought it would be fun to share a few photos from our trip here on the blog. Whenever I talk to friends about the Random House headquarters, they are fascinated, so we thought you might want to join us on this “virtual field trip.”
Our office building is right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just a half block down from where “The Late Show” films and very close to Times Square. It’s a busy, bustling neighborhood. Because we were in town for such a short visit, we saw a lot of this small area and not much else!
This never ceases to amaze: first editions of every book we’ve published line the walls in the Random House lobby. For book-lovers, it’s pretty much heaven.
Pippi Longstocking! And original Beginner books by Dr. Seuss!
Here we are: (from left to right) Sarah N., Bobbie, who is our group’s assistant and frequently writes here on the blog, Nic and me (Erin). There’s also a photo bomb by another RHC assistant, Alex.
Here’s Alex in her cube. Everyone’s cubicals are stuffed full of children’s books and art.
The building itself is lovely, and when you walk onto each floor, you’re greeted with book displays like this.
This is in the picture book room. It’s a great nook where art from not-yet-published picture books is on display for staff to view. It’s so fun seeing the unfinished spreads.
This is the view from one of the floors! I’m not sure I could get any work done if I looked out on this every day.
We were also quite smitten with the cafeteria, where a chef grilled salmon to order and we piled our bowls full of food from an amazing salad bar. When you work from home and have to cook your own meals, it’s such a treat to have food cooked to order right where you work.
While we were in NYC we took part in a business review of the field channel, discussed the innovations our bookstores are making in reaching customers and promoting books and authors, sat in on very early Spring 2014 title presentations by our editors and checked out a few Midtown restaurants and bars. It was a whirlwind of work, fun and books (and extremely cold)!
Every time I visit the office, I’m reminded of how proud I am to work for this company and to play a small part in getting children’s books into the hands of kids who will read and enjoy them. We’re very lucky to do what we do!
Do you have any questions you’d like to ask us about the RHC offices? We’re happy to dish!