Vertis Communications

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Vertis Communications Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
66 Reviews
2.1
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Gerald Sokol Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I got a decent pay in today's economy but I don't know how long it will last (in 4 reviews)

  • Great co-workers but many are leaving (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • The senior management did not have a clear picture of what they want to achieve (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management drove us into the ground (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company was finally bought out.

    Cons

    Employees having to take a cut in pay, while upper management received bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Some of my best working years were at Vertis

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    When I joined the company in 1999, management would leave technical decisions in the hands of the development team. We could choose what tools we used, what new technologies we could incorporate into our software.

    Cons

    After around 2006, we went thru a lot of restructuring due to bankruptcies and things went downhill from there. Large paycuts, forced furloughs, temporary removal of vacation came soon after that and morale was very low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were taken over by Quad Graphics in 2013 and so no advice is necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Closed

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    pay and vacation time given

    Cons

    closed the plant 2 years ago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The IT team and leadership was great but overall the company was in bad hands..

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    IT Leadership, the team and work life balance

    Cons

    The senior management did not have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    all work no pay

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    Current Employee - Lead Material Handler  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Material Handler in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the company produces a quality product. Plenty of room for promotions through hard work and ethics. Management is understanding for the most part.

    Cons

    pay is low for all positions below management. process and structure need a lot of improvement. shifts are not managed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more than just try to make it through the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bled the employees out over the course of 5+ years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chalfont, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chalfont, PA

    I have been working at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Plenty of overtime available in my facility.
    -Lots of positions available within the company.
    -Relatively easy to get promoted.

    Cons

    -Terrible management/upper management.
    -Froze all raises for 5+ years after a 6% pay cut leaving us years behind.
    -No sick days
    -If you haven't worked there for 20+ years, don't expect to make more than $17-$18/hour if you are an hourly employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out on the floor and learn about what is really going on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Exton plant was a fantastic place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Exton, Pa plant was a fantastic place to work, we worked like a team/family and had many long-term employees

    Cons

    Our Corporate office ended up closing the plant due to losing our biggest customer, which, in our negotiations with this customer, our "corporate negotiators" really left a bad taste in the mouths of our long-term customer. Being owned by investors it seemed it was only a matter of time before we were sold or closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't Quit Your Job to Come Work Here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Vertis Communications

    Pros

    It's a job. It pays some of the bills. I enjoy working with the people in my department. Benefits are mediocre for a large company.

    Cons

    Let's see, I've been here for over 5 years and have nothing to show for it. My pay is embarassing considering I have a degree. No raises in 4 years (after a paycut during the first year) and they advertise a 401k plan, but there is no company match and it will never come back according to a recent company-wide meeting. Don't be duped into thinking that Vertis has all the typical perks that other companies have! Senior management said raises are back, but I have yet to hear anyone get anything. We're losing accounts left and right because you have incompetent people handling the accounts, passing bad information all the way down to the operators. Employee morale is at an all time low. Every month, a member of senior management is gone "to pursue other endeavors", which means quit voluntarily or I'll fire you. It's a revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's see what this new round of senior leaders will do to take Vertis back to black. There's a lot of waste going on, they just need to acknowledge it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Management changed so frequently, not in touch with employees history and contributions to the company. Doesn't matter.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Vertis Communications

    Pros

    Pay was above average. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    Declining industry. Top heavy management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more empowerment to employees to do their jobs and allow more opportunity to present feedback. Allow more training opportunities for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not out of the woods - a "do or die" Q3 and Q4.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chalfont, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chalfont, PA

    I have been working at Vertis Communications

    Pros

    They have great products and good pricing. The IT infrastructure is outdated but the processes can support the business.

    Cons

    Vertis can't seem to shed the burden of all the debt. Confidence is running scared as another series of job cuts are hitting sporadically. No raises in 3 years is crippling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The revolving door is numbing. No one is accountable long enough to get on solid footing. How do you attract any talent without stability and a reward system.

    Doesn't Recommend

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