Bowne Reviews

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    Bowne

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    Former Employee - Technical Support/Trainer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support/Trainer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Bowne full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay,vacation time off, support, pay raises, working conditions

    Cons

    little attention to detail, never given appreciation, supervision only pushers, lack of support, only they know all the answers, pay little or no attention to employee input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people who know, not the supervisor who only knows how to push people. Listen to those who do the job not the ones who oversee the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Too Bad...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    Free coffee and parking. Decent salaries. Casual and friendly work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Aloof, uninvolved, detached management that has (had) no idea of core service and product or the abilities of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're running a manufacturing operation, not a hotel and spa.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Fun place to work, low compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    Enjoyed working at Bowne, but it was a while before I figured out that there was no real way to get a job promotion.

    Cons

    No way to advance.
    Low salaries.
    Very fraternal - if you're not part of the IN group - good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a pipeline to advance high achievers - all the good people leave within 2-3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    old-school management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mineola, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mineola, NY

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    strong subject matter expertise in certain business areas with technical competencies that complement the SME. Well known among important client base,

    Cons

    Excessive overhead is allocated to status reporting -- Management tasks should be re-focused on project deliverables. Agile practices have low acceptance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve competencies of entry level personnel with formal training. Adopt agile / scrum practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bowne, Bend Over Weekends Nights and Evenings

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    Former Employee - IT Field  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Field in New York, NY

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    Benefits Package on par with surrounding area. Senior Management available and listens.

    Cons

    No respect for personal life/time. Middle management could not be more clueless as how to deal with people. Sr. Management only hires middle management staff that will do whatever they are told. Outsource their entire Local and Global IT department. Minimal layoff packages given to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Luck working with outsourced IT companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good company bad site.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    Bowne provides its employers with decent compensation without degrees.

    Cons

    Everything else could definately be improved upon. Bowne of Detroit is poorly managed. With its biased promotional system, Bowne of Detroit break employee morale. Even if employees do take a step and complain, they are confronted with ineffective human resource personel.

    In the composition area, employees are treated like children with assigned sitting being changed at the whims of middle management without rhyme or reason. Once again, when complaints are made reagarding these policies, nothing is done.

    Every precaution is made to make sure that people are reminded that they can be replaced at any time for any reason. With 20% of Michigan's work force unemployed people feel trapped and it shows in their work and attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to what is going on at the sites. Likibility does not equal competence. If you're going to pay 30,000-40,000 dollars to educate someone, don't let it walk out of the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Incompetent, self serving middle management that completely ignores company policies.

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    Former Employee - Press Operator  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Bowne

    Pros

    -Mostly good people
    -competitive salary
    -clean and pleasant work environment

    Cons

    -incompetent management
    -heavy favoritism throughout departments
    -unfair advancement (don't always post available jobs )
    -seniority counts for nothing
    -untruthful management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Head Office (N.Y.) should be doing major investigating of the way company policies and employees are being handled in Toronto.

    Doesn't Recommend

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