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Low pay, hard to ascend, but lenient, laidback and good work/life balance

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Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Belmont, CA
Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Belmont, CA

I have been working at Cengage Learning

Pros

managers are lenient with time off, benefits and 401(k) are great (100% employer match), friendly, laidback atmosphere, people are nice

Cons

very low pay, somewhat degrading to be making copies for nearly two years, hard to get promoted without switching teams

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Open up another position in each editorial team to allow more room for movement. Meritocracy does not exist here, it's more a stroke of luck whether or not you get promoted.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start out, not a great place to spend any serious time

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    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cengage Learning

    Pros

    -small company, lots of hands on learning
    -ability to work independently and in a self directed manor
    -great experience for entry level, and people who are new to industry

    Cons

    -Cengage corporate has a vastly different corporate culture than the Chicago office. This clash is hurting the effectiveness of the Chicago office to run e-commerce businesses. (Chicago office was recently acquired).
    -Products are not doing as well as they once were.
    -A lot of people have left after there was a large restructuring.
    -Compensation is low for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kick the corporate habit, and get back to start up mentality. No one ever made it in the web by sitting and waiting.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not thoroughly happy ... but serviceable ...

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cengage Learning

    Pros

    The benefits package really is competitive. Health insurance and 401k were top-notch. Fitness center, transportation discounts and other "amenity"-type benefits were also unusually good. Office management was handled well and IT was up-to-date and responsive.

    Cons

    Sadly, there are more cons than pros to working here. Cengage Learning pays well below industry-standard for most jobs, especially in a metropolitan area such as Boston. It's actually difficult to survive on the entry-level pay they offer, and promotions, bonuses and merit increases are small and hard to come by. Because upper level management is difficult to reach and seems very out-of-touch with the day-to-day functions and processes of the company. there is an impossible-to-ignore gap between what they are paid and what the rest of the company earns.

    Additionally, the company has very prescribed methods of and paths to promotion. It's difficult to move within the company, and performance reviews seem overly corporatized. There is very little emphasis on personal goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries for valuable employees; more meaningful system of promotion and merit increases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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