Consolidated Graphics

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Consolidated Graphics Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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2.4 90 reviews

29% Approve of the CEO

Consolidated Graphics Chairman and CEO Joe R. Davis

Joe R. Davis

(65 ratings)

23% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Consolidated Graphics' Leadership Development Program allows Associates to really hone in on their strengths and allow them to choose their career path (in 7 reviews)

  • Many of the employees here are great people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • work extremely long hours especially those who volunteer for peak seasons with extra comp (in 13 reviews)

  • High turnover because people find better opportunities (in 11 reviews)

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    Nothing to see here, Company Sold

    Information Technology (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsCompany was sold to RR Donnelley in February of 2014. Corporate office will likely be closed after job protection agreement expires in July 2015. Local facilities mileage may very but this company should not be considered for a corporate position.

    ConsEven before the sale, benefits were poor, turnover was very high due to lack of retention ambition. Now the company is sold and the remaining corporate employees are transitioning the company to the Chicago office. This is not being publicly recognized, the company is trying to put the best light possible on the situation to replace the large amount of people that are leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with possible candidates or better yet, hire contract employees so it is clear that any opportunity can not be described as anything but finite.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    DO NOT JOIN CGX

    Business Management Associate (Former Employee) Timonium, MD

    ProsNone. Fellow LDPs who I am still friends with.

    ConsI joined CGX out of College because I had a gpa under 3 and some issues and I was desperate to start a job. Even though I had these issues I still graduated from a top 50 school with 2 degrees and yet on my own accord I joined a company that was joke. I was embarassed to tell my friends who had real careers where I worked. I won't lie I bought into the sell and thought I was actually going to get somehwere in this career and this company plus I got business cards! By day 3 I was already applying to other companies, the president at my company near Balitmore is a joke, as I now have a real career I realized how much a manager or leader can do for a company and this guy did nothing I'm not even sure if the understands business. I apologize for the rant but I sacrificed 1.5 years of a solid starting salary because I thought I was going somewhere and I was desperate. My advice to new graduates is HOLD OUT. Don't buy into this joke of a company.

    CONS:

    -- Pay is $37,500 or roughly $18/hour.
    -- A lot of Labor.
    -- No 401(k)
    -- No sort of training or continuing education.
    -- Disorganized.
    -- Do you really need to know how to make the color blue?
    -- Software is from 1975.
    -- No way to develop any skills.
    -- Insurance is nonexistent.
    -- Most people have never worked anywhere else so there is no culture.

    JUST STAY AWAY. I wish I had been given this advice when I was applying to this awful company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the LDP and revamp it. It could be pretty rewarding if you were comitted to retaining the college hires, there are so many things that could be improved to help your baseline if you didn't stick to the old method of doing things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you have industry experience Stay away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Macedonia, OH

    ProsIt was a job, period.

    ConsRun by a bunch of accountants not printers.
    They hired kids right out of college, for the Leadership Development Program, with no industry experience and then laidoff the people with experience. This is how they lowered their payrolls.
    I saw more mistakes in 1 month at AGS Custom Graphics then a previous union printing company I worked at had in 2 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGlad RRD bought you, now you will have to find new employment. I hope someone treats you like you treated your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    TSSG - Cheap company - no benefits, pay below industry averages, poor management, old applications, on-call assignments.

    IT Support (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThere are plenty of strip clubs in close vicinity.

    Cons* No 401(k) match
    * Expensive benefits ~ $400 for a single person per month
    * Pay below industry averages
    * No pay increases. Not even to compensate for inflation
    * On-call over the weekend
    * High turnover in every department and at all levels. Best employees leave in less than a year
    * Continuously adding to job duties
    * Old computer / cell equipment
    * Old applications that do not work with the latest IE browser. Continuously downgrade users' browsers as a workaround
    * No training
    * No SOPs
    * Backstabbing from managers
    * Managers have online degrees / certifications
    * Just acquired by RR Donnelley ... An equally awful company

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire good and knowledgeable managers and employees. Pay higher salaries and provide benefits ... Yeah right, will never happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of Business Knowledge

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Streamwood, IL

    ProsThere are no pros to share.

    ConsThe office I worked in was very negative atmosphere and lacked encouragement. Along that there was a lack of communication and lack of employee tree structure. No chance of moving up just laterally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a President that cares about his employees not just about himself and the profits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe people are friendly and warm

    ConsEverything else. The pay is awful. No benefits!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't expect too much from employees with NO TRAINING and very little pY

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste years of your life.

    Ldp Associate (Former Employee) Smyrna, TN

    ProsGood business experience and time to figure out what you want to do.

    ConsPay is a laughing joke, you are expected to work long hours or your not considered a hard worker (I accomplished more than most people dream of from 8-5 but it didn't matter because I wasn't there for 10 to 12 hour days.) Turnover is super high, I witnessed over 10 LDPs come and go in my 4 years there in a facility with 85 or so. I only saw 2 people actually graduate the program from all classes over a 4 year period. It's so bad they have to hire 2-5 new LDPs every summer and winter depending on the facilities needs. Even if you make it through the LDP and graduate, the pay increase is a joke and you are still stuck on a difficult, dying industry with lots (and I mean lots) of headaches. In the end there are much better jobs out there with better pay, better benefits, less headaches, and better management. Do not work for this company (no matter the position) and waste years of your life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour business is run by people, not robots or slaves. Everyone will hit the point where they won't take on more responsibility without more pay. Some people take longer to reach that point than others but why push everyone to their breaking point? That bottom line would look 100x better if your employees are happy, loyal, and care about their job. An extra $10k in salary is better that 100k in spoilage every month. Stop treating LDPs like they are kids in high school. I left there to get a real job and I finally feel like I'm an adult in my late 20's. When someone leaves the company with lots of responsibility, this is not an opportunity to absorb that salary to the bottom line. You have to actually replace people! If you don't your business will continue to break down more every day and employees will be miserable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work lots, extremely low pay, employees are not valued. Choose this company only as a last option!

    Ldp Associate (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    Pros- Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides opportunities to learn essential business skills.
    - LDP provides opportunity for one to move up quickly.
    - Small business environment in day to day
    - Opportunity to relocate nationwide (70 domestic locations + 1 in Czech Republic)
    - Buys you time to figure out what you want to do; try it all before choosing a path (management, operations, sales)

    Cons- Pay is below market.
    - No raises.
    - No bonuses. If you get one it's small.
    - Pay cuts.
    - Benefits are horrible; I would define it as bare minimum. $140 per paycheck for employee only. The cost of insurance coverage increases with each calendar year.
    - No 401k matching.
    - Work long hours. 9-10 hours per day + weekends. The full time salary positions are exempt (no overtime pay).
    - Extremely high employee turnover rate.
    - Little to no recognition for your hard work.
    - LDP is not well structured; program varies from one operating company to another.
    - While the LDP allows one to move up quickly, upward mobility is limited and comes with strings attached. For example, to be promoted quickly one must:

    * Be mobile. When they call upon you, you pack your bags and move anywhere they want you to go without question.
    * Take great risk that you may be thrown (promoted to President) in shark infested water (of a failing operating company) without so much as a life vest (appropriate resources/tools).
    * Promotions are essentially title changes only. The pay is not competitive; the increase in salary is insulting. For example, a former co-worker was recruited by corporate to take a VP of Operations position, but they only wanted to give him a minor increase from the LDP Associate's salary. Why should a VP (director level) be valued at a starting position's salary level?

    Advice to Senior ManagementCGX doesn't care about people and it's not a secret. If leadership really wants to turn this ship around they would immediately start looking at how to retain talent and encourage loyalty. Stop staring at the numbers on the income statement. Printing is a manufacturing, but at the core of it all, it is a people business.

    Keeping talented happy employees around would have significant, positive impact on the company... including your precious bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Management Ruined a Great Team

    Information Technology (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsMy co-workers were great people. Unfortunately, within a 6 month period we were all gone.

    ConsManagement, management, management. They do not care about employees. Their view is everyone is replaceable and they dont care about you. Turnover rate is crazy high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees and make it a fun work environment.Care about your employees and maybe they will quit leaving.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run unless you have a godfather in exec ranks watching out for you

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsDecent location. Lots of work going on and all you have to do is express interest to be assigned to the project.

    ConsBut be ready to be worked to the bone. Pay is/was sub-par. Constant backstabbing and sniping at each in the management ranks. Extremely siloed organization lacking a cohesive strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone that you would listen to and pay attention to anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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