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Great place to work, depending on what you do.

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

I have been working at Thomson West

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great benefits, good work / life balance, career growth potential, healthy work environment, great office options including company store, Carabou Coffee, free fruit and milk. There are so many areas of the company that would be good to work for, depending on your skill set and aspirations, it could be the place for you. A big company makes you have to work hard if you have any hope of being promoted. Tuition reimbursment is great, as well.

Cons

Too much corporate politics (which you'd get anywhere, though), turnover is high within the company, parking can be rough, always facing reorgs and change management,

Advice to Management

More communication to middle management and all employees, working at such a big company can cause communication to suffer

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Run from this place as fast as you can.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

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

    Pros

    The free coffee in the C building is pretty good.

    Cons

    Management cares only about the appearance of things and not for real suggestions for improving processes. Promotions and advancement are not based on ability and people magically appear in higher positions when no one else knew that a position was open. Compensation and pay raises are too closely tied to an immediate supervisor's personal opinion of an employee. Despite the fact that the reviews are supposed to be objective and based on facts, when managers fail to follow this procedure, there is no recourse. I had a rotating array of at least half a dozen people to whom I reported to at any given moment.

    Advice to Management

    Cull the herd of numerous middle managers that contribute nothing to the company other than filling chairs in constant and unnecessary meetings. Institute procedures to allow employees to have a voice in the review of management.


  2. Solid growth, professional atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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