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Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Save a great company before it's too late!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, dedicated. The building blocks are there in skilled people, technology and products.

    Cons

    Executives have lost their way. Only concerned about their bonuses and packages.
    East coast execs want to please Europe execs, not build on the talent they have.
    Too much outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up before you destroy a once great company.
    Stop outsourcing.
    Be honest!

  2. Helpful (4)

    You are disposable.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

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

    Pros

    Good salary and decent benefits

    Cons

    Management style for cash flow is to lay off people. There are plenty of openings for hiring cheaper employees, while they restructure or eliminate jobs for people that have been there several years. Getting above average and excellent ratings in your performance review does not mean anything. You are disposable when you get too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Just a question. How long can you keep this up? It use to be once a year layoffs (beginning in 2001) now is several layoffs a year of a handful of people at the time so you do not have to report it. Very tricky.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Titanic

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

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

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

    Pros

    You will eventually be able to say you "used" to work for Lexis.

    Cons

    Once an industry leader LN has deteriorate into less than a shell of its former self. Mead Data founded an industry and set the standard. Slowly first and then with startling speed Reed Elsevier's one and only "strategy" for fixing falling stock prices: hire a new management team, led to a company that acquired profitable and innovative products and sucked them dry. No reinvestment In product and a lack of respect for the legal field has left the successor to the company that created online legal research as a distant fourth in preference to West, Google and even Wikipedia. No self respecting legal professional relies on LN despite the valiant efforts of those employees who have dodged the never ending "restructuring" and remained becaue of the flexible lifestyle remote work provides.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the assets and let Dayton wither. RE stock will jump 12% in the first quarter.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Focused on Current Cost

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President of Delivery Operaitons in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Vice President of Delivery Operaitons in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

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

    Pros

    Focused on cost base and making the sale at any expense

    Cons

    Absolutely short term mentality in everything the company does from development through to talent management and personnel aspects

    Advice to Management

    Create a realistic strategy, and investment plan that starts with the deployment of product portfolio so you can actually understand what it costs to deliver the services you sell. Get out of the markets and customers that are not profitable.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Very few employees last more than a year

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Raleigh office is on NCSU's centennial campus and company tries to create a positive work environment, above average compensation

    Cons

    lack of job security, company manages finances by massive layoffs every August, company is on a slow death spiral as it continues to lose major customers

    Advice to Management

    Consider a merger with Thompson or another top competitor

  7. Helpful (6)

    No fun

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

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits and i was able to survive.

    Cons

    All work no play made me an unhappy employee.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing

  8. Helpful (5)

    Bogus

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

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friends and a good environment. Good benefits. Food was good. Training was good. Management not good. Out of touch and play favorites.

    Cons

    Year over year goals increase but not territory. Bad managers that are not in tune with reality. Play favorites for who gets best territory. Are not dominant in market and new products are not good

  9. Helpful (13)

    Like living the final hours of the Titanic over and over for months.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on the worst products in the market.

    Constant layoffs.

    Not having to worry about meeting any goals.

    Be entertained at release meetings by senior managers presenting drug induced alternate reality views of the market.

    Live The White Man's Burden as you hear senior mangers tell you about how the happy, smiling dark skinned people in the Philippines sing songs for you as you offshore jobs.

    Cons

    Let me tell you how bad this place is. LexisNexis does an annual employee survey. One of the questions is whether we would recommend working there to a friend. As you can see from the reviews here, no one is recommending to their FRIENDS LexisNexis as a place to work.

    The company's response was to tie our bonus to improving the organization's score on that question. In other words, we have to lie on our surveys to get more bonus money.

    That's is how the company is run now. Financial gimmicks. It is the most mismanaged company I have ever encountered. Most companies have islands of mismanagement where the incompetents congregate together. In LexisNexis, EVERYTHING is mismanaged: HR, CDI (customer testing), Product, Marketing, GTO (IT)--it is just an all around circus.

    Advice to Management

    For the benefit of LexisNexis: Gives yourselves a good severance package and LEAVE!

    For the benefit of everyone else: Stay where you are and keep doing what you are doing.

  10. Helpful (10)

    Terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent restuarant (Miamisburg). Close to home. Friendly geese in the carpark. Clean restrooms. Nice lady at the security desk. Good for a laugh.

    Cons

    Dark, grubby, work environment. Slow and out of date computing equipment. Terrible terrible management. I can't stress this enough. Management is terrible. If you are so desperate for a job that you have no choice then consider changing careers, waiting tables. Anything but working here. The ship is sinking. Everybody knows it. Except management who exist in a large bubble full of ego and arrogance.

    Advice to Management

    We could give the greatest advice but they wouldn't take any notice. IT management from the top down should be sacked. "Valuing our people" is the company slogan. Utter, utter rubbish. They value paperclips more. Get out while you can...

  11. Helpful (7)

    A company with nearly unlimited potential being run into the ground

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

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good to great pay, generally great benefits (although they've been slowly decreasing over the last several years), a lot of diverse technologies and platforms to work on (also could be a con). A lot of very bright and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Nothing but reorganizations with continual layoffs (often of some of the best, brightest, and most experienced folks) for the last 3 - 5 years (some might say even longer than that). I believe some of the leadership has good vision but is hampered by the senior leadership (CEO/CTO/CFO) from being able to execute on that vision so there's constant back and forth that is demoralizing to say the least. Since I've been gone, there have already been a few reorganizations (again) within the company, and one of them was a major reorg. Crazy considering that I left as a part of a major reorganization that was supposed to fix everything. But that's the problem right there -- instead of actually figuring out the real problem and tackling it, no matter how painful, senior leadership thinks they can replace one or more of the sub-leaders (various VP's and senior VP's), reorganize the department, and fix all the problems. Senior leadership has been using this approach for several years and it hasn't worked yet! When will they figure out that they're a part of the problem? I do think there needs to be a reorganization -- Reed Elsevier (parent company) needs to reorganize LexisNexis by replacing senior leadership (CEO, CTO, and CFO). Only then will the company even have a chance of surviving. Although I was offered multiple positions when my position/department was eliminated, the only way I would consider working at LexisNexis again, short of some ridiculous offer, would be if senior leadership was changed since they have been in place for several years and have continued to just make things worse and worse. The only thing the current senior leadership is concerned with is the bottom line profits. So while they continue to cut expenses (mostly by cutting people), they are actually making the problem worse by removing the ability for the product teams to add any real value to the products for their customers. The only folks left barely have the time to just maintain the products and often don't have a very good understanding of what they're doing. That's because all of the most experienced folks seem to be the ones that are let go or who leave on their own because they see that they're on a dead-end path.

    Advice to Management

    At one point in time I would have said something to the effect of, "Wake up." But at this point the only thing that I think will help is for you to just move on. Not only would it be the best thing for the company, but it would probably even be better for you since you would no longer have the stress of trying to keep the company's bottom line looking decent so you don't get fired.

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