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Very good.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
Recommends

Pros

Honorable mission, helping the everyday consumer.

Cons

Management sometimes out-of-touch with how much work each employee was assigned to do.

Advice to Management

Please reward people who have worked hard and well and take a close look at those who have been there a long time and who are slacking off (even if they're in the Union).

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Easy environment, very slow growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a family oriented place to work. No pressure when you have a doctors appointment or your child needs to be picked up early. Very balanced between personal and work life. Good benefits. Relaxed atmosphere. Theres also an onsite lunchroom so you dont have to leave to pick up something to eat. This is really the place to be when you want to slow down in your career...great for when youre late 40s and up.

    Cons

    Takes forever to be promoted in the Electronics Department, the "bread-n-butter" of this company. By the time this happens, a decade has gone by. I've seen very eager, dedicated workers get everything squeezed out of them until they realize theres no intention from management to help you develop your career. Attitudes change for the worse, people become disgruntled and eventually give off a "dont give f" attitude. it might be different in other departments though I hear they have their own issues. People have to leave or die to advance. Another bad thing - the pay is based on length of employment and not merit. Lazy Joe will make the same amount of $ as you even if you are clearly a better worker. Testing - No innovation. Slow to catch on with whats new. Again, this ideal for those who want to slow down in their career and not bust their butts. No good those looking to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Put the program into effect! Career-growth path for those who have shown interest and have the potential. There is a so-called program that no one uses. Management is very disconnected from the workers in the trenches.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work for today, but a lot of uncertainty tomorrow.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consumers Union is probably one of the best places to work for if you work in the press. Employees who join CU rarely leave (due to layoffs or their own volition). The company has a great mission, excellent benefits, interesting people, and a casual work environment. The work week is only 35 hours (not including lunch). For some job titles, wages are probably above average in the industry. The jobs are highly stable; in this recession, there has been only one layoff so far.

    Cons

    Career development is an issue - since people rarely leave CU there are fewer opportunities for moving up the ladder. I think that certain job titles, in particular the Tech/engineering positions, are paid below average to our peers, making it harder to attract and retain talent. The company is located outside of New York City with no direct access to public transportation (a shuttle is provided from the subway but it's frequently crowded). Management has been pressuring its employees to produce more content quickly, while holding employees more accountable if they mess up. As a result, our company is becoming less of a research and testing lab and more of a factory that produces ratings tables.

    Advice to Management

    First, I would like to say that management has done an excellent job of maintaining fiscal constraint and allowing the company to whether the current financial downturn largely unscathed. We are the envy of our competitors when it comes to places in the media to work for today. That said, perhaps the biggest problem facing Consumers Union is its long-term prospects. While its flagship publication, Consumer Reports, has a highly devoted readership, the average reader is over 60 years old and getting older. Its online site, Consumer Reports online, has a slightly younger readership base (50 years old and getting older), but it's plagued with problems and is behind its competitors in terms of web development. The initiatives that management have put in place only serve the needs of its existing readers and does nothing to appeal to younger readers. Unless management changes its priorities to appeal to a younger readership (probably at the expense of its older readership), younger readers will most likely flock to newer and more web-savvy competitors.


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