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9 people found this helpful  

A good learning experience with a company that's struggling to reinvent itself.

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Current Employee - Content Development  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Content Development in San Francisco, CA

Pros

Flexible hours, good benefits and perks (work from home policies), friendly co-workers, and a modern office space. Provides ample opportunity to learn and grow skills in the realms of project management, software development, and online publishing.

Cons

The company is struggling to reinvent itself from a print publishing company to a online learning company. In the past five years there have been numerous reorganizations, leading to many lay-offs and policy changes. It's an unstable environment and it's hard to know your role much of the time. This isn't a place to stake your claim anymore, but more of a workplace to put in a year or two for experience before moving on. Low salaries for high qualifications also make it difficult to attract and retain employees, so resource constraints are a constant problem.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Offer more competitive salaries and hire more aggressively. Understaffed and overworked teams lead to inferior products, which is a downward spiral. Find your product vision and stick to it rather than spreading yourself too thin and failing to meet your commitments and maintain quality.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Cengage Learning

  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great industry, challenging internal climate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Autonomy, strong direct managers, engaging & challenging industry, great colleagues, daily problem-solving, empowerment, great customers.

    Cons

    Challenging internal climate with weak product development leadership (leadership culture of fear rather than collaboration). Inefficient product development procedures, dramatic culture shift without the resources and internal infrastructure to support the suggested pace and changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should help, not instill fear in product development teams/leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cengage is awesome

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

    Pros

    Low stress, awesome technologies, exciting projects, actually making a difference, flexible hours, software craftsman, opinion matters, treated like a real human, no dress code

    Cons

    people get promoted and move a lot so you have to adjust to new managers and such but nbd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep caring about employees, keep making employees excited and happy, keep doing awesome stuff for the community.

    Also, we are hiring too many people too quickly and I think we are just hiring bodies and not necessarily culture fit anymore...which is sad. A person who does not fit the culture is worse for the team than no person at all, brings down productivity and moral. I see this happening, innovation and software quality is being hampered buy non-culture-fit employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Cengage Learning Response

    May 30, 2014CEO

    Thanks for this feedback. I was particularly struck by your comment around cultural fit, which is a priority for me. We are indeed doing a lot of hiring, and as part of the interview process, we are ... More

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