Consolidated Graphics Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Intern treatment for Associates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, work with peers around your age, and get a hands on lesson of all the ins and outs of printing. Annual associate meeting is a giant party for those who want to escape back to college life. The people you work with can be very helpful and you are given the opportunity to develop a very good relationship with people from all departments of your operating facility. Each individual facility has its own culture and feel (this is sometimes a pro and sometimes a con).

    Cons

    Associates are typically treated like interns and are asked to work 50-60 hour weeks with no extra pay. If your work load does not carry you past 8 hours a day you will be seen as a slacker and sometimes punished. The program is basically there to brain wash college grads into believing more hours you work the better employee you are. The associate meeting is basically a pep rally to keep those on the fence about quitting to stay. The program started as a great concept and it was prestigious to get into the program. However, with the fast growth of the program it is becoming diluted and seems like there is an expected higher turnover. They are trying to push people into sales in order to gain new leads from those who sink and give them to those who succeed. Some companies have President who cares about the program and thus treats their associates as adults. However, too many presidents are disrespectful and treat their associates as free labor often times in order to reduce over time for those on hourly wages.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop diluting this program. It is a great concept and has a great leader but the amount of people being poured into it makes it less prestigious.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Run unless you have a godfather in exec ranks watching out for you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent location. Lots of work going on and all you have to do is express interest to be assigned to the project.

    Cons

    But be ready to be worked to the bone. Pay is/was sub-par. Constant backstabbing and sniping at each in the management ranks. Extremely siloed organization lacking a cohesive strategy.

    Advice to Management

    None that you would listen to and pay attention to anyway.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Underpaid and heavily overworked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate- LDP in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate- LDP in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Maximum exposure to many problematic situations that are begging for solutions.

    Cons

    You will NOT be provided any training for the roles you will assume nor the strenuous tasks you will be told to perform everyday. No one will help you, even when you beg them for two minutes of their time to help you.They will squeeze every drop of sweat and sanity out of you at a minimum of 12 hours a day, including weekends. Then, they will throw you away like a piece of garbage. Don't plan to have any sort of life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, you won't listen anyway. The shareholders are the only people you care to please.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not worth the drama

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of anything specific.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay, heavy on drama, poor morale, high turnover, constant reorganization at the top, does not care about the people, only the bottom line. Completely political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Start over at the top, revamp the LDP to actually foster leaders and not use it to pump brainwashed and exhausted recent college grads into over-titled and under paid-positions. Realize that it's actual human beings that work there and that without the people, you won't have much for long.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Very Painful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to relocate to a different part of the country, you may have the opportunity to do so in the LDP program
    Some locations (plants) appreciate associates and treat you well most do not. I remember hearing that one of the Colorado locations had a great group.

    Cons

    You are asked to do things with little to no training and zero support from management. Just "figure it out and leave me alone" seemed to be the attitude. Apparently I should have realized that it is a "leadership development program" and not a "Management Training program". This is an important distinction because this means you will be thrown into the fire without proper training and held completely responsible.

    EXTREMELY high turnover. I cannot stress this enough. When I was recruited for the LDP there were 6 other associates at my operating plant... When I left a year later I was the most veteran associate and I had seen a total of 8 associates leave the company. Most of them either did not have a job lined up or just grabbed whatever job they could to get out. I did not see one associate graduate the program.

    They will try to schmooze you during the interview process. They might say "you will have all of these different opportunities to stand out and be a leader" and "This program is not for everyone, we are only looking for the best and brightest" What they are really looking for is someone who will give them 60 hours a week on a minimal salary helping operate an extremely under-qualified and understaffed production facility. They want someone that they can plug into every miserable position they have that comes up. For example: I knew someone who got stuck as a receiving clerk for 5 months. I knew someone who was asked to work 12 hours per day 7 days per week as the night shift overseeing the assembly line. That was their first five weeks and they quit shortly after. I mean... Why go to college if you just want to work you way from the ground up in a factory environment ? Unless you are a print major I honestly do not see the point in this program. It is just a ploy set up by the finance department and upper management as a way to cut costs and employ a more educated workforce at the ground level. The bottom line is they know what you are going to do is miserable and that you have about a 90% chance of leaving their company in the next 3 years.

    Just a horrible experience

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest with these students you are recruiting into the program. Don't tell them that they are going to get tremendous opportunities to step up and show their leadership when you then turn around and stick them into a role such as receiving clerk for 5 months.

  7. Helpful (1)

    They do not pay enough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Open to those who have an open mind. Lots of upside for people who like challanges

    Cons

    They do not pay enough.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    DONT GO HERE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful i enjoy working here but some times workload is too much

    Cons

    bad pay and benefits, everyone get out when they get better offer

    Advice to Management

    increase pay

  9. YOU have to carve your own path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Leadership opportunities from the get-go. (Filled in for a manager who was out for a month after working here for 3 months)
    - Overall, good company moral (at the individual company in Denver), for CGX, it seems to be OK-- everyone will always gripe.
    - Willing to train you for 3 years
    - Push you to set goals and then expect you to meet them (this is where YOU carve your path)
    - Get to deal with high-profile clients at an Associate level

    Cons

    - Long(er) hours -- 9/10 hour days
    - Mediocre pay & benefits (blame corporate, not the operating company)
    - If you want bigger, better, positions, you'll probably have to move

    Advice to Management

    For the operating company, try to keep morale up, even after layoffs-- participate in activities outside of work. Showing 'us' that you're one of 'us' goes a long way.
    For Joe Davis-- work on LDP associate retention. While the LDP is your baby, heavy recruiting and hiring 8 new people in a year makes it difficult. It makes operations resent the LDP as well as higher turnover for associates. Most of us can get jobs in other fields, but our operating company MAKES us want to stay-- until we aren't challenged everyday and get bored, then it's time to pack our bags and move on.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Overworked, under payed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ldp Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Ldp Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain management experience.
    Rotate to find the area you want to concentrate on.

    Cons

    Glorified intern/personal assistant.
    Long hours with no appreciation.
    High turnover rate.
    Treated differently than other employees.

  11. Helpful (2)

    OK Starter Company. Work Lots for Few Rewards. Get the experience you need then look for advancement elsewhere!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Leadership Development Program is a wonderful training program that enables each employee to learn about the company from the ground up. It is a great way to start a career as a new college graduate, developing essential business skills. Plenty of information is made available to employees to support individual growth. There are lots of opportunities to relocate around the country (70 different locations to choose from). Corporate supports career development in management, sales and operations.

    Cons

    While CGX offers many opportunities to learn and develop a professional skill set, upward mobility is limited. Many notable promotions require the employee to pack up bags at a moment's notice to move to another location in the US. The Leadership Development Program varies from location to location, some are more structured than others, some offering more experience than others. The benefits are bare minimum. Pay is below market. The expected # hours of work per day is minimum 9-10 hours. Weekend work expected when peak season arrives (no additional compensation). Recognition is low. 5% pay cut all around when the company did not do well financially. No raises (or return to previous salary) after pay cut even though cost of living continues to increase. The turnover rate of the Leadership Development Program is high.

    Advice to Management

    Talented individuals are often recruited to this company. It is a shame that a competitive package is not offered. Many individuals are inclined to get the experience, then leave as soon as a better offer comes along. A competitive compensation and benefits package will reduce the turnover rates dramatically. A $1 billion company can & should take better care of its team.

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