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Workload is often seasonally dependent

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Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Mattoon, IL
Former Employee - Material Handler in Mattoon, IL

I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

The amount of work required is often flexible. During slower periods you can give away your overtime or take others if they do not want it. It is often slow enough that there is no overtime and people will ask for any that may come your way. The work is somewhat physically demanding, but after awhile it becomes second nature and is not too terrible.

Cons

The printed medium is becoming more and more outdated as people digitally transfer their subscriptions of magazines or book purchases to their tablets. This is leading to the cutting of jobs and those left employed are having to singly do what 4 or 5 years ago multiple people did. During the busy periods you will often be at work more than anywhere else with plenty of forced overtime.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure you are not putting too much work on the employees, especially physically. Other companies are increasing their wages while Donnellys stays behind. RR Donnelly used to be one of the highest paid manufacturing jobs in the area, now its one of the lowest paying.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for R.R. Donnelley

  1.  

    This company can be trying

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    Current Employee - Press Leader
    Current Employee - Press Leader

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and you will be taught a trade.

    Cons

    A high stress work environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A bad environment, pay and benefits are dwindling.

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    Former Employee - Operator  in  Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Operator in Breinigsville, PA

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work is simple and usually easy.

    Not much physical demand.

    Some employee discounts are available that can actually be used by low level employees.

    Okay job to fill in until you find something else. Many of the problems I encountered and had been told about seem to be isolated in the Breinigsville, PA facility, internally known as the Allentown facility.

    Cons

    Very weak leadership, most people at supervisor or lead levels have no business being there. They do not have many people in the building that could even step into that role.

    All retirement options have been taken.

    Pay scales make no sense, some people make a fortune while others are still receiving food stamps, and no that is not an exaggeration.

    They claim to be a family but people are receiving "occurrences" against them for having to go to the emergency room for two days?!

    Forget any ability to move up unless people quit, but even then they hire from outside the company when they have people chomping at the bit to move ahead and are qualified.

    Raises are at best insulting if you some how receive one.

    They have been loosing customers to other facilities because of the internal strife going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to claim that the company is a family and that we're all one company than live it. It only makes things a lot worse when you claim you are listening to employees and care but do only the opposite. Poor leadership, zero tolerance policies even in sickness, an incomprehensible pay scale and no idea how to get ahead monetarily or hierarchically.

    It is clear that many of the people in lead, supervisory and management are only there because they have time in and nothing to do with job knowledge or skill level. Fix the pay scale, get people in there who know how to manage people and when they do not know something about a job, how about listening to the people who have been running these machines for years? The biggest problem came from above. There is virtually NO real leadership in that building and forget any sort of work flow planning. Set up some plans and goals for your employees instead of saying you have them but not offering anything other than "talk to your lead."

    Your occurrence system is absolutely ludicrous! There are constant rule changes coming from HR, Corporate and Departmentally yet they do not apply across the board even though they should because they are not area specific. Also make sure that the rules are applicable to everyone not just people in certain positions.

    You can call it "No Fault" if you want but it is a pathetic attempt to cover up a zero tolerance policy that has been proven to cause the exactly problems your experiencing right now. Managers and supervisors are there to manage the people and workflow, if you cannot be responsible for determining which people are actually good people in need of help versus bad people who are taking advantage of the policies then you do not deserve to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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