Consolidated Graphics

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Consolidated Graphics Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 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

Review Highlights

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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    Great if you were apart of the Leadership Development Program

    Associate- LDP (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsIf you joined this company through the Leadership Development program, then you were set up for success. This was a rotational program that allowed you to experience different departments so that you could find your niche.

    ConsSalary was OK depending on what field you worked in. A lot of individuals in the company despised the program because they didn't understand why college kids got to come in and fluctuate through different departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a solid career plan for college students and stick with it. Individuals get burned out quick which causes high turnover rates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great LDP program , great learning opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat co workers and learning on the job

    ConsPay is less than average

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    Was a great opportunity for freshly graduated college students to gain hands on work experience.

    Leadership Development Program Associate (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsConsolidated Graphics offered a great Management Programs for students just out of college. The position gave me a lot of insight in the printing industry, Sales, Management, and Advertising.

    ConsThe office I worked in was very negative atmosphere and lacked encouragement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    YOU have to carve your own path

    Leadership Development Program Associate (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    Pros-Leadership opportunities from the get-go. (Filled in for a manager who was out for a month after working here for 3 months)
    - Overall, good company moral (at the individual company in Denver), for CGX, it seems to be OK-- everyone will always gripe.
    - Willing to train you for 3 years
    - Push you to set goals and then expect you to meet them (this is where YOU carve your path)
    - Get to deal with high-profile clients at an Associate level

    Cons- Long(er) hours -- 9/10 hour days
    - Mediocre pay & benefits (blame corporate, not the operating company)
    - If you want bigger, better, positions, you'll probably have to move

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the operating company, try to keep morale up, even after layoffs-- participate in activities outside of work. Showing 'us' that you're one of 'us' goes a long way.
    For Joe Davis-- work on LDP associate retention. While the LDP is your baby, heavy recruiting and hiring 8 new people in a year makes it difficult. It makes operations resent the LDP as well as higher turnover for associates. Most of us can get jobs in other fields, but our operating company MAKES us want to stay-- until we aren't challenged everyday and get bored, then it's time to pack our bags and move on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAbility to work hard and move up quickly
    Leader in inudstry
    Financially Secure
    Investing in future

    ConsCostly Benefits
    Challenge to get raises

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Personal and Professional Growth - only for people who realize hard work pays off

    Leadership Development Program Associate (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsThe company invests 3 years of training into developing you. Most companies might not even give you 2 weeks. This position will challenge you and push you to develop both personally and professionally. It is a perfect position for a recent college graduate that is interested in a long term professional development rather then another paycheck. If you feel limited at the company you work for you have 70 other companies to advance your career at! If you are looking for a 8-5 desk job, this is not the position for you. If you are looking to have a fast pace career and always advancing, this is a job for you.

    ConsBenefits and pay are the usual complaint, but it is competitive with an entry level position. If you stick with it, the experience is really what counts and will translate into monetary successes down the road.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on employee retention (especially associated who have completed the program and you have invested a lot of resources in). Happy employees are successful employees. I think that often with the vast number of companies, associates may not be getting the recognition that they should be from upper management at a corporate level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work, but it pays off

    Associate- LDP (Current Employee) Sacramento, CA

    Pros- Great co-workers.
    - Hands on experience and training.
    - Can be a fun and casual place to work especially if you are team oriented.
    - If you are hard working, smart, and have a positive attitude you will move up the ladder quickly.
    - CGX invests heavily in the LDP...if you are decent, you will have great job security.
    - Your experience and knowledge base in 3 years will surpass your 10+ year tenured colleagues.
    - Tons of resources to grow and take your career into your own hands.
    - The LDP is extremely visible to the CEO and Executives. It really is their leadership pipeline.
    - CGX has a great balance sheet and continues to be extremely profitable. If there is any printing company to work for, it is this one.

    Cons- Deadline driven and stressful at times. It is amazing how much printing can seem like a life or death matter.
    - You will likely be working 50-60 hour weeks.
    - To really go far, you have to be flexible with location and moving for the opportunities.
    - Get ready for a manufacturing environment. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be working at a place after college that looks like my company.
    - Short-term pay and benefits are low, but long-term the experience and the opportunity pay off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssociates need more individual attention and progression planning.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    LDP Graduate and continuing to make strides within Consolidated Graphics

    Leadership Development Program Associate (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsConsolidated Graphics' Leadership Development Program allows Associates to really hone in on their strengths and allow them to choose their career path!

    -- Learning all the aspects of a printing company
    -- Open door policy with direct supervisor's and corporate LDP team
    -- Many opportunies to "step-up" and get your name out there
    -- A large network with Associates nationwide
    -- You get out what you put into the program and the company

    ConsThe main con that had was part of the pro as well. By learning all aspects of the printing industry, there are going to be certain rotations that you flat out dislike, and can't wait to get out of there! I look back now and realize I had to conquer certain obstacles to be where I am today with Consolidated Graphics!

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think Management does a pretty good job of listening to Associates, but at the same time I think more feedback overall would be helpful to anyone!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good company to work for.

    Digital Pressman; Offset Pressman (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsCompetitive pay and benefits. A reasonably balanaced view of meeting company objectives while making efforts to respect employees personal lives and obligations in the process. Good opportunities for growth.

    ConsThe corporate poitics are fairly typical of such a large organization, but the culture has infiltrated the plant management to the point that it is creating an unhealthy dichotomy between management and production, suppressing the communication that fostered previous success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more openly with your employees again and bring more value to the company by restoring the sense of "ownership" and pride that truely motivates workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Prepare to work

    Associate- LDP (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay is pretty good for entry level job. Plenty of places to transfer and learn more about the print industry.

    ConsPrepare to do work you didn't go to college to do. Lots of overtime is EXPECTED. 3 year program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to compensate your employees for all the overtime they work and they might stay with the company.

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