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No hard lines taken

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Product Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at Cengage Learning full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Very flexible and great people (fringe benefits and regular benefits have seriously been deteriorating over the years)

Cons

First things first - private equity really drove this company into a downward spiral as most folks know. They put way too much debt onto the company, taking a highly profitable company and turning it backwards (leadership all had to focus on paying back the debt for so long that they didn't focus on making the company keep growing). Beyond that general statement this review is specifically for Gale - Gale was a wonderful company for many years - truly standing by its mission to help educate and lift up the community it served. It was a great place to work. But leadership lost focus and it's very hard for folks at Gale to take the hard lines that need to be taking (cutting the fat -takes years to do this); putting the right people in leadership roles (one gentleman has a very high position and has a terrible track record and is derogatory toward everyone especially women yet keeps getting promoted); debt forces too many short-term decisions instead of looking 5 years down the road.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Someone who knows the Gale business needs to stand-up and make the tough decisions especially cutting layers of "management" and putting true leaders in place.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Over the 10+ years I have been here, some moments and some people have been wonderful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Cengage Learning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of variety in career options. People are friendly and genuinely helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is poor. Currently in bankruptcy. Inconsistencies from one department to another. Those of us who work really hard get paid the same as those that don't. Big secrecy of salaries, and management tells us not to talk to one another about it. Raises past number of years have been in the 1 to 2% range, so we're sliding backwards with health care cost increases. Only way to get ahead is to move to a different department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do you really want to work for a company that files bankrupcty? - No and here is why.

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    Current Employee - Editorial Director
    Current Employee - Editorial Director

    I have been working at Cengage Learning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The health insurance and 8 paid weeks maternity leave.

    Cons

    The majority of the senior level management team are Caucasian and males. Any minorities in upper management are paid $1000s less regardless of the education. (I am not allowed to reveal the exact office, but most are in the South.) Special favor is held for those females the men find attractive and those females are rewarded with jobs for which they are not qualified. Many people with college degrees and more experience in their fields were passed over for jobs because of a strong culture of dishonesty from human resources.

    The company continues to fail because the people are unhappy and unfulfilled. Typically they prefer to put the women they find work in mediocre management positions so they can fulfill their equal opportunity requirements.

    For those of you in shock by these statements, review the Cengage learning org chart from some of their southern offices and you would be shocked at the obvious lines drawn. When asked why the culture was not as “mixed” in their offices as they were in the warehouse…HR responded “we only have to have 2.7 minorities for every 100. HR tends to use fear to drive employees out they do not want to pay a severance to. Bankruptcy and corruption are no surprise when it comes to Cengage Learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listent to your staff, even if they are women and straight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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