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Thomson Reuters Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
2,530 Reviews
3.3
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Thomson Reuters President & CEO James C. Smith
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is quite good since they are very flexible with the working hours (in 446 reviews)

  • Flexible timings - You are not forced to spend 9Hrs if no work - you can work from home (in 88 reviews)


Cons
  • Doing this constantly has caused some serious loss of work-life balance as someone who cares (in 45 reviews)

  • But wait, that's not quite enough to keep those senior management bonuses coming (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was good before it got micromanaged when Reuters became involved

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay saws great but only good thing

    Cons

    A very negative environment toward sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Varies Widely by Department, Overall Outlook for Company is Not Good

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice and mostly work hard. You can usually find a mentor if you look.

    Cons

    Leadership is severely lacking. There are many legacy systems that make you feel like you're in the early 2000s. Leadership often fails to recognize hard work, tends to treat all workers like minions, and does not promote the most capable players. My position was very stagnant and offered little opportunity for growth despite both my attempts and it being advertised as a rotational, growth-type position. Certain departments have serious issues in leadership, including an unwillingness to share important information, taking full credit for employee's accomplishments, ignoring employee feedback, and rampant sexism. The leadership of the company also tends to manipulate financial results (i.e. salary raises were delayed 3 months to pad Q1 and Q2 profits) and expends its energy on immediate pleasing of shareholders instead of fostering a good working environment and strong values that would result in positive long term aspects for the company. Suggestions: stay away from Order Fulfillment, Sales Compensation Administration, and Customer Service. Actually, I suggest staying away from the company altogether.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on an open environment where information is shared, not hoarded. Find new ways to encourage managers to manager rather than claim credit for employee accomplishments. Work harder to promote the best players rather than taking the easy route and promoting even the laziest well-liked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work here and you'll never want to take a holiday again.........for all the WRONG reasons.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It feeds the kids. Just.

    Cons

    If you have the audacity to take a fortnight vacation, you will come back to several thousand e-mails. Literally. It will completely and utterly overwhelm you, and it will take you weeks to recover from. The number of mails you will receive at Thomson Reuters is four times the national average. I think there are several reasons for this. First, on-shore workers are so terrified of being off-shored that they sometimes send out mails as a way of saying "Hey! Look at me! I'm important." Another reason is that so many workers have been laid-off that there are a lot of managers and Project managers twiddling their thumbs with little else to do. So if they can't manage staff, they send out lots of important looking mails. Another reason is that there are a lot of workers at TR with little training and little experience, and so they have to mailshot every time they receive a query, just in order to find someone who can help. Well, that's my take on it.

    Due to the general incompetence inherent within TR, the company is incapable of generating organic growth, so it buys lots of firms. (I was with one of those little firms.) The problem is, you then have a LOT of workers who never applied to work at TR; never sent a resume into TR; and never went for an interview at TR, to see if the employee liked the employer, and vice-versa. So you end up with a lot of slightly disgruntled employees who have absolutely no interest in buying into the TR mission statement.

    Make no mistake, making the jump from a small firm to a major multinational with tens of thousands of employees is a major leap, and too much for some. Once acquired, TR will not think twice about moving your office from one side of your city to the other, with no thought or regard to your travel considerations, childcare issues, or any increase in cost. You are just a number. You have no say. Get used to it. Or Get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Prepare to be outsourced Again - Project Ivory all over.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Thomson Reuters is once again preparing to outsource the majority of their IT Services.

    Cons

    Seems no lessons were learned from the failed Fujitsu Project Ivory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your outsourcing activities. It's going to cost you more than you think. Learn the lesson from Project Ivory. This time the talent will leave and not be there to come back pick up the pieces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    From Great to terrible

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    Former Employee - Law Firm Sales Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Law Firm Sales Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, financially stable company

    Cons

    All work, no life. Compensation constantly being lowered for sales positions. Leadership non-existent. Treatment of sales staff is deplorable. Sales staff the only people in the company who are not entitled to vacation without their managers approval (which may be refused if not at quota during any period).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prior to West Publishing being acquired by Thomson Reuters this was a dream job. Good pay, good benefits, great life work balance. Turnover in the sales force was non-existent. After Thomson, the company lost sight of those who generate the 6 billion plus in revenue each year. Senior sales people are discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    avoid this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time

    Pros

    If you don't have options and need a paycheck go work for them.

    Cons

    Unstable company where employees are treated like things. Lack of leadership so no innovation and no growth. To hide this the executives keep reorganizing every six months. Look at their 10K filings. To make up for no growth they cut costs by continuously replacing staff with younger and cheaper staff. The company is living off the success of old product lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeless - board needs to replace the high priced but under powered executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, but low salaries. The office culture can be good, but it's on a team-by-team basis.

    Cons

    Thomson Reuters is a big mish mash of companies. They acquire small companies left and right, then try to squeeze them into the TR mold. But they don't spend enough time nurturing the companies and figure out how to fit them in. I worked for a group that had been acquired 6 months before. During my two years with the company, our small group moved sections of the company 4 times! That means different systems, different managers, etc. It was confusing and pointless. I was also told when I was hired that there was no room for advancement. What type of HR person tells someone that? A huge company and no room to advance? Especially for someone with several years of experience? Odd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With so many small groups, no one knows what anyone else does. Even when you work on the same floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -You get paid
    -nothing
    -no one notices what I am doing
    -im suppose to write five pros

    Cons

    -no leadership training
    -no respect for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train some people, stop saying no for everything.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice colleagues and a place that initially offered opportunity.

    Cons

    Leadership changes, strategy shifts constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good product, Good on the Resume, Awful at everything else...

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    Current Employee - Thrall Analyst in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Thrall Analyst in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are a reason to stick around. The reputation of Thomson Reuters attracts smart, professional people to work with. Products are unique and present interesting challenges.

    Cons

    Team creativity is stifled by poorly designed hierarchies and departmental silos, despite corporate "innovation" incentive programs. The response to dismal employee satisfaction ratings is for everyone to take an online course about how to be a good employee. Raises and bonuses are pathetic unless you're a manager level or above, then the company rewards you for how much your headcount has been reduced, and how soul crushed your employees are willing to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none. Thomson Reuters has used the might of its corporate intelligence to engineer a way to captivate some of the best minds to do the most arbitrary and meaningless things for less money. Sometimes it's fun to joke about how awful your company is, right? I'm not laughing...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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