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You are not going to get a gold watch from Thomson West

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Former Employee - Regional Field Manager  in  Detroit, MI
Former Employee - Regional Field Manager in Detroit, MI

I worked at Thomson West full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

One can make $200K with out a high tech back ground or a high level of intellect. Working remotely you may have a great deal of autonomy, depending on the division and RFM. Thomson West is the leader in the legal-research business.

Cons

They have stopped developing their own products and are acquiring companies that appear to "fit" into the business model. However, the fit is often more wishful thinking than practical and the field reps get pressured to learn and sell products that are 2nd or 3rd tier and no one really understands how to position the value.

Every year, a new theme. One year, they are a "solutions" company, the next year they are a software company. They want to hire reps with SaaS experience but can't pay for the talent. Constantly looking outside the company for help solving the internal problems.

Very few people ever retire from the field organization. Chances are you are going to be "displaced" or terminated and they will do nothing to help you find another position, internally. Also, having a subscription-based job, where the industry knows that numbers are often inflated by gaming the comp plan, you are not going to be highly sought after. That probably explains why so many former reps end up working for second-tier competitors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to what you did best: selling access to information and develop you own products that are driven by that information.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Progressive company that supports community involvement and volunteering. Fairly stable positions. The campus is huge with walking trails, ok cafeteria, food truck visits, on site caribou coffee and subway.

    Cons

    A lot of boring jobs. Rather mundane facility full of cubicles all the way out in Eagan. Not a real social building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more career growth within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Thomson West full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people and the clients/work can be interesting.

    Cons

    People don't leave this place, so there is no upward mobility even if you are a rockstar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your true talent and find ways to help develop their careers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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