R.R. Donnelley Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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R.R. Donnelley President, CEO, and Director Tom Quinlan III
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Pros
  • work life balance is pretty nice (in 15 reviews)

  • needed a job the opportunity presented itself easy enough to learn good people that I (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No 401K match, stock options, bonus etc (in 25 reviews)

  • The work-life balance was good as I worked for an agent of the corporate structure-Donnelley Logistics (in 15 reviews)

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  1. The worst company I have worked for

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

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice. Other than that, there isn't anything good about the company. It's a printing company, what do you expect.

    Cons

    1. The worst benefits plan. 2. Avoid finance department. 3. Very small merit increase, less than 1%. 4. Laughable bonus amount. 5. 2weeks vacation to start. Less than 8 days of holidays and 2 floating holidays. 6. Always in cost cutting mode. 7. Yearly one major acquisition. 8. Technology stays in year 2000. 9. Unless your laptop is no longer functioning, you are stuck with what you have or they will give you a refurbished. 10. Over worked and under paid.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money retaining your relents. This is a difficult industry and once you loss your people, they are hard to replace.


  2. Overworked, Underpaid, Under Valued. Look elsewhere!

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

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Don't drink the corporate kool-aid. There are not many Pros to speak of.

    - There are some opportunities, though limited.
    - The experience gained is OK, but questionable when trying to move on elsewhere.

    Cons

    This company's ethics and integrity is questionable at best. It is all about the bottom line, and could care less about the people that work to keep the lights on. Working here, you will feel under valued, overworked, and generally disrespected. It's really not worth your time to work here.

    - Pay is very low, far below average
    - No raises
    - Benefits are basically non-existent.
         * Health insurance is expensive with awful coverage. Costs increase yearly (it's like an annual pay cut).
         * 401k portfolio options are terrible; no matching.
         * Recently, a California law requires employers to provide 3 paid sick days to employees. Instead of adding 3 sick days to your benefits, this company decided to replace 3 holidays with the 3 required sick days instead. They're taking away your benefits, to give you state mandated benefits. SHADY and CHEAP!
    - If you're lucky the management may give you a promotion accompanied with a small raise, and calls it a big, generous reward for your hard work. In reality, you can look outside of the company for a promotion, and a HUGE annual pay bump instead.
    - Your regular work day is 9-10 hours per day. If you are working 8 hours only you are considered lazy and uncommitted to the company.
    - Mentally abusive; employees are conditioned to believe that the little pay received is generous and appropriate for the quality and quantity of work, and that you would be looking for "miracles" if you asked for anything more. On one hand, they will tell you you are doing great. On the other, they say that you need to work harder and do a better job. They want you to believe that you don't have any options and that you have to stay there working for them, at massive discount (low pay).
    - There is no career development as there are no performance reviews. Asking for relevant training is like pulling teeth.
    - Little to no recognition
    - Employee turnover is high
    - Ethics is questionable at best. I wonder often how this company passes audits.

    Advice to Management

    You need major improvements on your ethics and integrity. Treat your employees with respect and give them the recognition that they deserve. Pay your employees in ranges that are competitive. Stop gripping onto every penny so tightly, and stop lying to people about how wonderful it is to work for you. It really isn't wonderful!


  3. Associate Creative Director

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

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley

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

    Pros

    variety of projects, excellent design team and flexible hours with several weeks vacation

    Cons

    overall vision and direction for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Higher sales that know and have sold creative and interactive.


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  5. Pressman

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pressman in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Pressman in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wages are ok and steady pretty reliable employer most of employees are nice
    Management nice to your face

    Cons

    , benefits are terrible .raises are 1% since rrd took over company management clueless as to what's happening in plant ran as if there is only 1 shift (daylight ) repairs to equip. Only if unable to run.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe a little respect to you senior employees who not only run things unsupervised but train you new employees


  6. CYA Inc.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Bolingbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Bolingbrook, IL

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I don't work there anymore

    Cons

    Lets just say that if you like working in an environment where lies are the normal method of communication and the bonuses are more important to the managers and directors then team building, there are no cons. A rudderless 3PL ship of fools heading straight into oblivion.

    Advice to Management

    Wear a condom


  7. It paid the bills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Picker in Plainfield, IN
    Former Employee - Picker in Plainfield, IN

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley

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

    Pros

    It will provide a check to pay the bills but not much else.

    Cons

    Management is only concerned with themselves and there personal department and will throw you under the bus if it means they can get ahead they will go as far as to lie about what was said so they do not have to say they were wrong or look bad.

    Advice to Management

    Seek other employment.


  8. Unprofessional

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

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley

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

    Pros

    some co-workers were descent people.

    Cons

    Favoritism, discrimination, threats, bullying, violate safety rules, supervisors have no people skills, racist, and HR doesn't care. Recent tuberculosis outbreak in St. Charles plant put employees in jeopardy.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, stop being selective about safety and rules. Stop threatening, harassing, making comments of sexual nature regarding females in the front office.


  9. Unhealthy work enviroment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Chanhassen, MN

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work
    Coworkers are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Unhealthy work environment. Very, very, very dusty in all parts of the production area. When I leave at the end of my shift in the morning, there is a chemical taste and numbness in my mouth. This is something that has happened more and more and the busiest of days.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees health ahead of profit margins and start listening to your employees health concerns. Better yet, spend some time out of your comfortable offices and see what we are working in!


  10. Customer Service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People, Clients, Large Company, stability

    Cons

    prefer not to comment on this


  11. Overworked employee

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

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the immediate team I worked with. Semi-flexible shift.

    Cons

    This company worked me to my breaking point - I was so stressed that I broke down in tears during and after work. The workload is absolutely insane and is unachievable. Nothing gets done effectively even though that's all upper management wants - streamline, streamline, streamline and to be more efficient. How can you be efficient if you are always underwater and in back-to-back meetings? A nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the individual strengths of your employees and pass along a thank-you every now and then. Realize it's not about taking over the industry, it's about being exceptional in the industry without sacrificing the sanity of your employees.



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