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LexisNexis Legal & Professional Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
695 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Family-oriented culture which gives way to a satisfying work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Company was very flexible with people wanting to work from home (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Inept executive board and senior management attitude destroying a once-proud company (in 61 reviews)

  • Lack of leadership from upper management and lack of clear direction for my particular BU (in 50 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 5 years

    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 Slow and out of date computing equipment.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 ManagementAdvice

    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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A company with nearly unlimited potential being run into the ground

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    • 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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Like watching a slow-motion trainwreck

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

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

    Pros

    + Benefits are still okay, though being cut gradually every year.
    + Serious commitment to charity.

    Cons

    - Like working for a government bureaucracy, but without the job security: 2/3 of the Customer Support group has either been outsourced to the Phillippines, or has quit due to the miserable working conditions, low morale, and few growth opportunities.
    - Poorly-designed products that crash or otherwise fail frequently.
    - Shockingly incompetent management, top down -- playing out the clock as the company keeps sliding downhill -- paying lip service to employee input, though too insecure in their ignorance to act on it -- totally occupied with time-wasting "busy work" in order to justify how ridiculously top-heavy the company is.
    - If the parent company, Reed Elsevier, were a human parent, Protective Services would step in and charge them with severe neglect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Running a successful company takes more than the MBAs and Six Sigma certifications you have: It takes industry knowledge and experience, common sense, and humility. Unfortunately, you only have what you read in the books. And, thanks to the poor economy, you are too desperate to leave. If it's not too late to stabilize the company for the longterm, you are not competent to make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was Great at first, The supervisor seemed to have everything under control…Boy was I wrong!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mail Clerk  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Mail Clerk in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good Experience
    - Great way to get computer skills up
    - Law offices use the same software

    Cons

    - Bad Manager
    - No way to grow with the company
    - Can not go up the ladder, unless you move to Georgia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better managers and make sure they are fully qualified for the job. Make sure they know how to talk to people!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Teammates help pick up slack because management is either too stupid or too lazy or both to do so.

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign, quit or retire and let some new blood take over. You've been there too long, you don't know how to use basic technology and you have no new ideas to help improve sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Declining company with no long term goal or vision.

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

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

    Majority of staff friendly, smart and good to work with, decent environment, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management concerned only with short term revenue goals. Will do anything for short term results which has impacted long term vision and health of company.

    Leaders do not lead and are not held responsible their decisions. Staff cannot succeed when management is not clear on whst they want and constanty changes directions. Providing what one was asked to do may get you reorged out and speaking up may do the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine long term company goal and vision. Provide clear consistent information. Stop cutting staff and doing reorganizations -Lead!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place for sales people

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

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

    Pros

    Fellow sales people are willing to help each other out and share ideas.

    Cons

    Management wonders why company is not hitting its number but burdens sales people with endless, meaningless reports and a CRM system that is absolutely the worst ever. Their solution to not hitting the numbers is to "just do more of what you are doing!" Hey Einstein, if it's not working now, why would I do more of it!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Quit insulting the intelligence of hard working adults.
    2. Don't expect employees to be loyal to company when company is not loyal to them.
    3. Fire the deadwood management who bring nothing to the table and only got to a management position because they know someone, are related to someone, or want to live in Dayton. If you did that, then maybe you would hit your number. If a manager can't help in moving the sales process along, or doesn't have the ability to help close sales, then they shouldn't be in that position.
    4. Quit asking sales people to sell half baked products that don't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing Company to Give Your All.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are very nice and they hire good people.

    Cons

    Management of all levels. Hired to work as slave drivers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gage where employees are working hard or lacking. The lack of this gage kills the dedicated work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    To big and divided for success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible on PTO depending on department

    Cons

    "Us vs. them" internal mentality. Too much political bickering over trivial things such as dress code in non-customer facing roles. Unannounced layoffs.Too much preaching innovation without action and investment. It's a corporate game with too many managers trying to build their own portfolios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change yourself before trying to change the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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