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Fear and Loathing in Yonkers

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Current Employee - Test Project Leader in Yonkers, NY
Current Employee - Test Project Leader in Yonkers, NY

I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time (more than 5 years)

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

Pros

Talented people, nice cafeteria, test-sample auctions

Cons

New management is incompetent, uncaring, and sometimes cruel.
Management uses the threat of layoff or firing to motivate employees to do more in less time and with fewer resources.
Co-workers are stressed out, fearful of being next to get the axe.
Lying is considered valuable in interoffice communication; it is only a matter of time before this lack of ethics makes its way into the publication.

Advice to Management

Treat workers like human beings.

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    No longer a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY

    I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time

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

    Pros

    The staff that does the testing and actually creates the products is dedicated and terrific, if unheralded. Good benefits, though eroding. May still be a reasonable place to work if you're a test engineer or in IT.

    Cons

    Zero accountability for some senior managers, a few of whom are lacking in conscience. They have license to do just about anything they want to those below. E.g. They recently fired CR's chief editor without cause, with the blessing of both HR and the CEO. There's widespread fear among day to day staffers that any of them could be next. If this is the kind of place you'd like to work, good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors: Get your heads out of the sand and learn the truth about the goings on in the organization by speaking directly with rank and file. Then remove those responsible at the top who have ruined what was once a proud and admirable organization. Restore integrity, honesty, and competence to CR's management.

  2. Helpful (4)

    My experience: Insane work hours, good benefits, senior management out-of-touch.

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Yonkers, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Yonkers, NY

    I worked at Consumer Reports full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Friendly co-workers. Onsite fitness center. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management out of touch. Needed information not shared with the rest of employees. Insane work hours (often 60 hours a week, uncompensated if you're in management). Little to no recognition by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with employees. Share information essential to the performance of their jobs. Acknowledge employees for job well done.

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