Thomson West

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Thomson West Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
71 Reviews
2.9
71 Reviews
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Thomson West President and CEO Peter Warwick
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, great pay, wonderful supervisors and great officemates (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits, flex work schedule for sales, great name recognition in the market, strong elearning content for compliance and training (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Any work-life balance only exists if you hit your quota (in 3 reviews)

  • The comp plans are constantly changed, and not in a positive direction (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Had a good career there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are great and work is interesting

    Cons

    Can be a numbers game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to sales people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reuters/West Legal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Progressive company that supports community involvement and volunteering. Fairly stable positions. The campus is huge with walking trails, ok cafeteria, food truck visits, on site caribou coffee and subway.

    Cons

    A lot of boring jobs. Rather mundane facility full of cubicles all the way out in Eagan. Not a real social building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more career growth within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    For a large corporation, TRW is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Commissions Specialist  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Commissions Specialist in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    -Thomson West often hires from their pool of contractors for permanent positions.
    -Regular employees get an employee picnic, a few little perks upon hire, and various small bonuses throughout the year like a free turkey before Thanksgiving.
    -environment is generally positive.
    -culture is open to diversity, including diversity in gender identity and sexual orientation.
    -Matching funds for donations are available.
    -Employees and contractors are eligible for discounted tickets to movies, sports games, and other similar events.
    -Employees (but not contractors, temps or interns) are eligible to enter drawings for various event tickets.
    -While it's not particularly special, a variety of free tea bags are available along with coffee, decaf and hot water.
    -Employees are encouraged to network and given workable channels (via the Hub website) to do so.
    -Caribou Coffee and Subway inside building, along with full cafeteria
    -TW encourages employees to stay healthy and active: they have walking paths on site, a fleet of bikes that employees (including contractors, interns and temps) can borrow at no cost, and a "free fruit day" each week when every employee can take two pieces of the fruit of the day at no cost.

    Cons

    - As a contractor, many benefits are not available to me
    - contractors cannot enter the drawing for free event tickets and we never get the free bonus gifts like turkeys
    - General feeling of under-appreciation among contractors
    - too much mandatory overtime
    - too much empty "token" gestures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I could advise management, I would suggest fewer token gestures and more genuine appreciation (a free dessert card feels more like a slap in the face than appreciation). Also consider productivity studies before deciding on a week of 10 hour days followed by working one Saturday - I have a feeling that productivity declines enough that it's hardly worth it to run your employees so hard, let alone pay for the OT. As a contractor, I cannot comment on benefits or salary levels, although for the amount of work and expertise required of me in addition to a four-year degree being requisite for my position I should be paid more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - CE&E  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - CE&E in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    People are great to work with at peer level

    Cons

    Expect more work from less employees & lots of unfinished work before implimented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE more people in Eagan MN

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I've enjoyed my time there

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    Market leader.
    Mature selling environment
    Good pay.
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Product support
    Unrealistic about position in market place
    Too many reorgs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop reorging and give a plan more than 1 year

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Above Avg

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    Intern in the mfg plant. Learned a lot, great company to work for. Leadership team is very helpful and will give you the tools required.

    Cons

    Interns were not given full time opportunities, intern program was fairly unstructured. Salaries were lower then average for engr students.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK employer - good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    Fast-paced, good facility, good people, flexible schedule, ability to spend some time working remotely, many internal opportunities to change and/or advance career.

    Cons

    fast-paced, not a lot of upward feedback to management happens, personnel decisions happen slowly, it's cold in minnesota, lots of collaboration with colleagues in Asia which causes some odd hours and strains communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide a means for employees to weigh in and give meaningful feedback before decisions are made, to help them feel engaged in the processes which affect their daily work life and career paths.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A very familiar, stable place to work. Great employees. Felt proud to work here given West's link with the legal system.

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    Former Employee - Global Product Manager  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    West is the oldest legal publisher in the US legal system and given its heritage you walk away from work realizing what you have done has directly impacted how legal professionals operate every day. Without the work of the employees at West offering value-add to each and everyone of West's products including their flagship, market-leading product Westlaw, legal professionals would not be able to work effectively.

    Cons

    The salary compared with some of the other companies based in the twin cities could be improved. Many people leave West to work at places like Honeywell or Target and take on comparable jobs with a significant pay increase. More and more benefits are being taken away and given the current economic climate, employees do not feel as secure in their employment. Since the acquisition of Reuters, there have been annual lay-offs; something that was unheard of prior to the transaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be better forums for employees to be able to voice their concerns about management - whether direct line manager or elsewhere without fear of reprieve. If you have a Sr. Director as a boss and you want to discuss their management style or express a concern with the VP, the VP should be open to hearing those comments, not dismiss entertaining seeing that employee simply because they are a VP.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    It was nice to work at Thomson West. The environment and people are good and friendly. Its a huge campus in Eagan Minneapolis MN.

    Cons

    Slow-paced work. The group that I worked with didnot have much challenging work. The team was very small and I felt bored with what I was doing after a certain point of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Thomson West is great. I donot have any kind of complains about it. It's going good for the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Customers & Products

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    Wonderful customers, excellent products and many many brilliant and hard working employees.

    Cons

    Abitrary promotions of unqualified people into management and they ruin it for others.... every so often you'll get some moron as your boss - you either move internally or have to spend your day covering your bottom till your boss gets promoted on or fired.... typically they get promoted- but at least you are rid of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your subject matter experts and your intrinsically motivated employees. Get rid of all the middle managers that just spend their days working on their MBA programs so they can advance themselves.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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