Thomson West

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Like any company, there are dysfunctional parts and less dysfunctional parts: choose carefully

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Current Employee - Manager in Eagan, MN
Current Employee - Manager in Eagan, MN

I have been working at Thomson West

Pros

Work life balance. Flextime, and no expectation that "the best work takes place after five pm" like there is a lot of places. Quite a few people, even in senior management, come in early and leave early without it being a career limiting move. The technology organization is especially competent, and anyone with a good idea that can define the good idea in terms that the technology folks can understand is treated with respect and sometimes even adulation. The strategic marketing services organization is bright, strategic, analytical, and continues to be on the cutting edge. The content operations group and the content technology group are competent professionals led by competent professionals.

Cons

The segment marketing organization is a living embodiment of the Peter principle, with too many chiefs and not enough worker bees. They spend lots of money on themselves, promote only from within, and make life miserable for the rest of the company. There are good people in the organization, but they're drowned out by the idiots in charge and the high number of layers of management that insulate senior leadership from good ideas. New Product Development is OK, but too product-focused and not good listeners to the strategy folks (although they are correct in ignoring the segment marketers). The sales organization is focused on their numbers, and when they're not hitting them, they whine a lot.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Blow up segment marketing, especially on the law firm side. Cut the number of directors and senior directors by two thirds, but keep the head count for marketers who have direct marketing and channel management experience (as opposed to lawyers from the customer experience operations organization). Beef up technology infrastructure, start by identifying technology bottlenecks (like the data warehouse) and investing in them rather than viewing infrastructure as a mere cost center.

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  1.  

    Solid growth, professional atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    There is career advancement at Thomson West. However, even though the "merger" happened over 5 years ago and Thomson was the acquiring company, the Minnesota-based West Publishing culture still prevails.

    Cons

    If you are in the Eagan office, then you are in the center of the universe. In the field, it can be difficult to get things done without travelling out to Minnesota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a large organization, West is fairly nimble and there are a lot of smart people in the organization.

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  2.  

    I have never left a day at this company unhappy. People treat you with respect.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    The people are respectful and motivated. Regular hours and the suburban location. Many in management support taking risks to improve the way we go about our work.

    Cons

    Pay is average. Some management positions are not posted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the communication. Keep an eye on the new generation (Millenials) and how they operate/what motivates them.

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