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  1. Helpful (3)

    A frustrating place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Due to the cutbacks in staffing and the resulting increase in job responsibilities, each employee is typically given additional responsibilities well above and beyond their original job description. So, while you won't be paid more for your additional duties, you will gain experience in a large number of print-related roles that prepare you for a position elsewhere.

    Free coffee. Always a plus.

    Cons

    The LDP Associate program, lauded as one of the company's strengths, is in actuality one of its biggest weaknesses. This program takes recent college graduates, who typically do not even have a long-term interest in the print industry, and places them into roles that they are not trained or ready for. Many of the LDPs wash out once they work at CGX for a year or so. Some stay on, and are promoted to positions they are absolutely not ready for, to the great detriment to the individual operating companies and to CGX as a whole. When you combine this with the targeted termination of highly-paid printing experts, experienced managers and trade craftsmen that used to make up the companies that CGX cannibalized, you get a recipe for exceptionally weak/clueless management without any hope for internal promotion of more qualified individuals.

    The IT group, TSSG, is particularly staffed with "warm bodies" that have no business remaining in an IT role. There are some diamonds in the rough that carry the rest of the TSSG division.

    No tuition reimbursement or continuing education programs.

    As a general rule, pay for CGX employees is lower than industry average, there are no in-house promotions for the "non-LDP" workers, and office culture is somewhat demoralizing and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    The outgoing CEO had a great plan for himself, he cut the individual 70+ operating companies that made up CGX to the bone, and traded off of their once-respected brands until the termination of experienced staff and lack of equipment upgrades caught up with each individual operating company. He and the board sold to RR Donnelley for what he could get when it became apparent that the CGX business model was about to collapse under its own weight.

    Currently Consolidated Graphics has been purchased by RR Donnelley, and 3 months into the merger there does not seem to be any change on the horizon (Positive or negative)

    Advice to the management of RR Donnelley? The CGX employees don't even know who their RR Donnelley managers are. I trust that the management of RR Donnelley will do a better job than the management of Consolidated Graphics, it would be difficult to do worse.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Decent company for some career opportunities in printing but just do not show that they care about their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of companies, expertise in industry, footprint across the country, local companies operate somewhat independently in their given market, national resources available for national program work

    Cons

    Various companies are very fragmented, lack of care for employees (most evident by terrible insurance benfits and non-matching 401K), high turnover rate corporate-wide, corporate communication is very poor

    Advice to Management

    Turn over is very high and it's due to the fact that retaining valuable employees and advancing well-performing employees is a low priority to corporate.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good experience for first job out of college but prepare to work long hours for minimal compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Experience in several departments
    -Vacation days given up front
    -Other LDPs are cool people
    -Pretty good mentor program
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    Cons

    -Expected to work 10 hour days with no overtime pay
    -High turnover because people find better opportunities
    -Cookie cutter offers and raises no matter how well you perform roughly 3-4%
    -Awful health insurance and dental insurance options
    -Little respect from management

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people! Reward people for exceptional work. There is no reason to work yourself to death for no reward.

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  5. Good Career Starting Point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Acct Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Acct Executive in Washington, DC

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of experience quick for young careers

    Cons

    Low Pay for hours and work input

  6. Lacking in communication

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, average level of salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is so out of touch with the reality of production.

    Advice to Management

    Not many advancement opportunities

  7. Helpful (3)

    Go anywhere else!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the employees here are great people. It amazed me how a company with such a bad tone at the top could have such great people working under it.

    Cons

    The main problems I had while working at CGX could be gathered into: (1) Execs and upper management do not care the slightest bit about employee retention. The CEO believes high turnover is good for a company. The result? You are not valued (and they don't even try to pretend to make you feel like you are). (2) The lack of benefits. Literally any other company you go to will have a better health insurance plan at a cheaper price. I paid $250 a month (employee only) for their cheapest insurance option. They do not offer 401k matching. Salaries are not competitive with the market. If you are looking for a company that cares about its employees, look elsewhere. If you are unemployed and are desperate for a job, work at CGX until you find something better.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee morale with benefits and programs showing the company cares about its employees. Pay your employees more. At least put the employees whose pay you cut 5 years ago back to their starting point. Offer 401k matching. At least offer better health insurance coverage if the costs are going to be so high.

  8. Helpful (1)

    CGX - TSSG management does not take care for their employees, explains why turn over is so high.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a Job. And it is close to several good restaurants.

    Cons

    Pay is low for the amount of work expected (after-hours and weekend work without pay).
    Expensive Health benefits.
    The different groups do not work well together (Developer vs Project Management).
    Some managers do not have any managerial skills (programmer promotion to Manager).
    Too much turn over - people leaving every week (some people have left after only a few months there).
    Never park in the bottom of the garage, because it floods.
    And do not go to HR about any issues, they will let you go...

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people as manager that actually have a Management degree.
    The lack of an actual Sick Day policy in the employee handbook make life confusing.

  9. Helpful (1)

    If you are looking for a solid company that creates a good work environment and fair pay, CGX is not your company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a graduate straight out of college, this is a great starter company and a good way to pad your resume.

    Cons

    There are no raises, only steady pay and/or eventual pay cuts. CGX does the bare minimum possible for their long term employees. While I am fully aware of the economic situation, CGX does nothing to provide real, motivating incentive to be loyal to their company. In my experience, people only work for CGX companies because they have to due to the economy, not because they necessarily enjoy what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your on the ground employees, they are your biggest asset.

  10. The experience you gain will lead to bigger and better things.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As part of the Leadership Development Program, you are able to learn a lot in a short period of time and work in different parts of the company (customer service, estimating, accounting, etc.) to garner more experience than most recent college grads.

    Cons

    The Leadership Development Program boasts that you could become a company president one day, but they give you no visibility of how to get there.

    They expect you to work to the bone and "pay your dues" for little or no respect.

    They view everyone as "replaceable", and they aren't afraid to tell that to your face.

    Advice to Management

    Fairly compensate your employees and show that you value them.

  11. Let this company be your last option!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Consolidated Graphics looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees and most leave after a year or two.

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