Bowne
3.2 of 5 38 reviews
www.bowne.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Bowne Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014
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3.2 38 reviews

                             

20% Approve of the CEO

Bowne Chairman and CEO David J. Shea

David J. Shea

(20 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A decent place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent benefits, Paid Time Off and great employees. The work is challenging and great projects.

    ConsTurnover rate is higher. Morale is not like it use to be considered as Bowne Family Values.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive back to the employees during good times. When you need to do layoffs, consider contacting previous employees when position opens up. This increases morale in a down-turn economy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSince the job is located in New York City I like the location even though I commute from New Jersey

    ConsJob security is non existing. Financial industry has crashed and jobs are being lost left and right. Need to improve on training for future.

    Advice to Senior Managementget a clue. Need to be more involved with employees. Training training training. Why not spend money and retrain current staff.

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    Good company; too easily duped

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe opportunity to succeed at Bowne exists and is encouraged by management. Lots and lots of talented employees can be found throughout the workforce. Senior management refuses to roll over and die when times get tough. Bowne is an equal opportunity employer and a true melting pot -- especially in NY.

    ConsSenior management is easily seduced by buzz words and vaporware. Middle management is loathe to disagree with higher ups for fear of being marginalized or downsized. This toxic environment coupled with constant reorganization leads to the same mistakes being repeated over and over at the cost of millions of dollars and talented personnel. Outsourcing is too heavily relied upon and could result in serious backlash with privacy/security concerns as well as questions about patriotism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your seasoned veterans to give good advice, especially those without "Mgr" in their title. They've been in the trenches a long time and have seen fads come and go. Reinvest in current technology instead of trying to "buy the golden goose" that doesn't really exist.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company bad site.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsBowne provides its employers with decent compensation without degrees.

    ConsEverything else could definately be improved upon. Bowne of Detroit is poorly managed. With its biased promotional system, Bowne of Detroit break employee morale. Even if employees do take a step and complain, they are confronted with ineffective human resource personel.

    In the composition area, employees are treated like children with assigned sitting being changed at the whims of middle management without rhyme or reason. Once again, when complaints are made reagarding these policies, nothing is done.

    Every precaution is made to make sure that people are reminded that they can be replaced at any time for any reason. With 20% of Michigan's work force unemployed people feel trapped and it shows in their work and attitudes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay closer attention to what is going on at the sites. Likibility does not equal competence. If you're going to pay 30,000-40,000 dollars to educate someone, don't let it walk out of the door.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Oldest Financial Printer, now part of RR Donnelly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits, friendly atmosphere, business loyal to employees.

    ConsDivisional bonuses tied to overal corporate profitability - other divisions dragged down profitiability of parent, impact our profitable business nearly every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould have gone private!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In the battle between culture and strategy, culture won.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFamily-type culture. One of the most open and welcoming work environments I've ever experienced. Invested significantly in leadership development, to the benefit of its employees.

    ConsNow defunct. This company was sales-driven to a fault. Struggled mightily to keep up with changes in the marketplace because of entrenched interests determined to maintain the status quo.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little less greed, a little more conscience, would suit leaders better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to get experience to move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCasual work environment, collegial, learning opportunities

    Conspay was pretty low, and raises were borderline offensive, esp. when receiving above average performance reviews...If you're too good at what you do, it's hard to get them to let you try and move up within the org.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing to say, the place was sold. Hope you enjoyed your fat paychecks after the sale to RRD, no one left is enjoying the transition.

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    Kind of stressful work with a confusing system and not much respect from managrs

    Proofreader (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the people there are good people and some are not great but the ones that are good really help you. Great job for someone starting out.

    ConsNo effort to help people work out their schedules and they just fire you if you can't do it theyre way even if you had kids not saying I do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell the company is gone now so I guess I hope the managers can learn to respect people as people in theyre new jobs.

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    Employees treated well

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, good benefits, employees treated well. small company feel

    Overall, I had a positive experience with the company, wish they weren't acquired

    ConsPolitics, Management did not always recognize and deal with issues of poor performance. Towards the end of the company there were a lot of cut backs and layoffs which lead to a decline in employee morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecause the company is now owned by RR Donnelly, there is really not a whole lot to say. I wish them well

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced, fun environment, stressful

    Project Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced, great coworkers, excellent location. Financial printing is not for everyone, but for those who crave an ever changing environment this is a company for you.

    ConsWork can take over your life. Clients are not the most respectful so be prepared to take an earful from a young-buck attorney.

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