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Cengage Learning – Why Work For Us?

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with key office hubs located in Farmington Hills, MI and San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around the world.  www.cengage.com.

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At Cengage Learning, you'll work with a diverse group of talented people from around the world and take advantage of great benefits that include competitive salary, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) savings assistance, paid time off, and many learning and development opportunities.

By engaging learners, instructors, librarians and institutions to better understand their needs, Cengage Learning provides solutions that the market demands. At the center of this relationship are our employees, delivering a broad range of products and services to meet the market's evolving needs.

Here, you will work with a team of dedicated professionals building innovative solutions that improve teaching and learning at colleges, universities and libraries. Our employees also support professional development at government agencies, training organizations and corporations around the world.

What we Offer ...

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Spousal/Dependent/Domestic Partner Coverage Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time Off
  • Learning & Development Opportunities, Including Tuition Assistance
  • 401(k) with Immediate Eligibility
  • And Much More!

Please be sure to check out our current benefits here.



At Cengage Learning we believe in the power and joy of learning. That applies to our customers as well as our team members. If we’re not learning, we’re not advancing. Through our expanding Learning and Development program, you can take advantage of online and in-person programs to build new skills and advance your career. We also offer tuition reimbursement, so you can build formal continuing education into your professional development plan. The Cengage culture values engagement, empowerment and discovery. Professional development is a key part of what we do.

We are an international organization with career opportunities in editorial, technology, marketing, sales, finance, production, operations, administration and human resources. This variety of available career paths provides our employees with opportunities to pursue career advancement and transitions all within our organization.

Our PRIMARY US Locations

  • Boston, MA
  • Clifton Park, NY
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Independence, KY (Distribution Center)
  • Mason, OH
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Plus Numerous Field Based Opportunities for Sales Professionals

International Headquarters:

  • Asia/Pacific: Melbourne and Singapore
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa: Andover, UK
  • Latin America: Mexico City

How does Cengage Learning support Work LIfe Balance?
We offer paid time off, flexible work schedules for many positions and strongly encourage employee involvement and volunteerism in our communities. This includes a paid Volunteer Day and a Matching Gifts Program for our U.S. employees. Employees around the world also support numerous local charitable and environmental causes

How do Cengage Learning employees give back to their communities?
In addition to a paid day off per year for volunteerism, Cengage Learning has a Matching Gifts Program that provides U.S. employees with a dollar-for-dollar contribution match to nonprofit groups or educational institutions of their choice. Also, we strongly encourage charitable activities and environmentally-friendly initiatives at our sites, and many of our locations have standing employee committees to help drive these initiatives.

What happens after I apply for a position? How do I check the status of my online application?
After you apply for a position, your qualifications will be considered against the criteria for that specific role. Our positions will remain posted until they are filled and you can check your application status at any time. Please note that we are only able to contact candidates who we plan to interview. If you do receive a call, expect two or more rounds of interviews, the first via phone. Some positions may have additional requirements, such as a review of prior work samples or skills-based assignments. If relevant, this step is addressed during the interview process.

For a full list of FAQs, please visit our FAQ Page.

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    The best reasons to work here? It starts with the people. Amazing passion for what we are trying to do: create great learning resources that bring joy back to learning and help people -- particularly those most in need -- realize new opportunities through the power of education. I view it as a mission-based company -- and the mission is not just to make money. That's not easy to find in modern day companies. The executive team is relatively new (all but one have been with the company less than 3 years) and fully committed to the mission. In fact, in the year they spent forming together as a team, they dedicated time to understand at a deep level whey each of them was there -- what mattered most to them in this work (again, not money!). Now they are engaging every employee in a variation of that same conversation through an exploration of the Cengage Credo -- a statement of principles that articulates why we exist and who we are. Very cool and really important. Equally important, the company is appropriately shifting its focus toward understanding students. Creating great customer-focused product development processes. Students' learning lives are complex. If the solutions we offer don't deliver value w/in complex lives (for example during the 20 minute bus ride to campus) students aren't buying. Our product and technology teams get that, so there is a lot of exciting development happening and cool products coming online. We also have great content, including Gale -- a leader in reference materials. Amazing compilations of archived information available to instructors and students. The exciting challenge lies in getting those resources to learners proactively, where they are and when they need them. Pay is solid. Benefits are good. And people like to have fun and truly care about each other and look for opportunities to help. Some of the best colleagues I've had in a several decade career in different industries. We are 1.5 years on the other side of Chapter 11 with a lot of momentum on our side. It's a great time to be at Cengage.

    Cons

    Laugh at me if you want, but there is no downside if you have your eyes open and you are not looking for some mythically perfect company. The reality is, we are a company in transition trying to lead in an industry that is in transition. During the high times, when all we had to do was produce textbooks, get instructors to assign them to captive students -- the company minted money and became complacent, losing its innovative edge and its focus on learners. Now, with new leadership, the company is refocused on making a difference in learners' lives. But we have to rebuild everything -- how we build our products, internal systems and processes. We need different kinds of people to be a different kind of company. So there is a lot of change. And some of the investments we know we need to make -- particularly internal systems -- are on hold until we prove to ourselves and our investors that we are truly soaring in the market and can afford to make those investments. That can be frustrating. At the very least it requires patience. But the execs are very open and transparent about that, so that helps. And we ARE making progress. Like most large companies, we have silos that we need to continue breaking down. And we need to do a better job of recognizing people's contributions so that they feel valued. We are moving so fast and working so hard to reshape the company for sustained success, sometimes we don't take enough time to say, "great job." The good news is, all of this is visible and under discussion. If you just want to show up and do a job in a perfectly functioning company, maybe this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you care about education and creating opportunity for people who need it, if you want to do cool and important work with amazing people AND be a part of rebuilding a company that aspires to make a difference -- then you couldn't find a better place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Executive team, keep going. You're heading in the right direction. At the manager level, try to find ways to celebrate step accomplishments. People are working hard, building amazing things. Make sure we recognize those contributions so that they feel valued and appreciated, like they ARE helping to make a difference. Because they are.


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Cengage Learning Awards & Accolades

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McGuffey Longevity Award (College) , Text and Academic Authors Association, 2014
Texty Award Winner (College) , Text and Academic Authors Association, 2014
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry , EContent, 2014
Best Database for Reports , Library Journal, 2013
Best Resource for Youth (Secondary Grades) , LMC/ARBA, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.cengage.com
Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with key office hubs located in Farmington Hills, MI and San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around ... More

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