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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.9 39 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

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Michael Hansen

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Okay place to work

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    Prosflex time; good benefits; paid time off

    Conslow pay for industry; management cutting incentives

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    Currently employed for 6 years in Sales

    Sales Representative for K12 (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsGreat work/personal life balance and flexible hours.

    ConsNo clear opportunities for advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Agile Development shop that I've worked at.

    Developer (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsThere are lots of Agile development IT Shops in the Detroit Metro area and this is the greatest place I've worked at! There are great people and smart folks to work with. Work-Life balance really means something to management here, it's not just lip-service. I look forward to a long career here.

    ConsThe business side of the company is starting to "Get It" with regards to the digital age, but slow to listen to the IT folks. The Mobile Platform strategy is way behind. A widely dispersed development team further entrenches Agile Skeptics against the Agile development movement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce we start 'walking the walk' with regards to mobile development strategy, "User-Centric" strategy, then we'll be on the right path. Listen to the folks on the ground who are willing to take up this mantle and run with it!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quick fixes don't work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsGood work/life balance and flexibility.

    ConsLots of changes in the last few years. Relying too much on quick fixes rather than addressing real issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reinstate Telecommuting!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOnce was our ability to telecommute until a recent change. Having such flexibility has meant a lot to us at the Gale office.

    ConsPlease reconsider telecommuting. It makes such a big difference in our happiness and productivity. The work we do is great, but we feel under minded and unappreciated by upper management. They want us all in the office but really don't take the time to understand what we do in the Research, School, Professional organization--Editorial employees especially. Since we do not receive bonuses or hardly raises, it really helps us to have work from home as a perk--a free benefit for you to give! We all do our work on laptops, have Lync, get voicemails forwarded to our Outlook, webex and dial in. What's the point to having this technology if we can't use it? Having the work from home makes us more productive to have that alone quiet time to do work. There are so many distractions in the office that working from home helps to get things done. Plus when you work with us on flexibility, it means so much to us, it makes us want to do more and put more time in. But take it away it makes us feel unappreciated, less productive, and less willing to be flexible for the company. Please take a serious look at the benefits of telecommuting. This is a major plus to employee satisfaction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once a great company -- nothing left but a brand

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCo-workers who have devoted untold hours -- and blood, sweat, and tears -- to create quality educational products

    ConsAlmost everything these days: Management that is unwilling/unable to support it's employees, lack of vision, constant reorganizations, outdated systems and processes, increasing lack of flexibility, top-down decisions (despite lip service to the contrary), and nearly non-existent pay raises despite strong performance. The prevailing attitude is now "if you don't like it, go elsewhere." There is almost no concern about the good business sense of cultivating employee loyalty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop adding layer after layer of management; stop with the lip service to collaboration, speed, and productivity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great deal of uncertainty

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsThe people I worked with were terrific.

    ConsShoot from the hip mentality. They let go entire teams and then rehire displaced people for less money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I loved the Editorial department at Gale; great work-life balance; ability to work independently; and rewarding work.

    Content Project Editor (Former Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsI loved the office culture; I loved the fact that I was producing content and products that would be used by students and librarians, and I loved the fact that my work was interesting, challenging, and enlightening. I learned something new almost every day. It was very fulfilling to complete a project and be able to look at it and know that it was going to go out into the market/library/classroom and help others--teaching them; helping them learn and grow.

    ConsLots of changes over the last seven years; changes in leadership; changes in vision; changes in budgets, processes, and culture in the office. Sometimes it felt like we were changing just to say we made a change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt often seemed to me that upper management was looking to staff at lower levels to innovate the next big thing--the next big product that would revolutionize our business and sell like hotcakes. The people in the trenches are busy putting out existing product and often don't have the time or the experience or the vision or means, skills, opportunities, or marketplace knowledge to effectively come up with those revolutionary new products.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Short Lived

    Sales (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsThe people doing the day to day work that bought in revenue for this company are the best!

    ConsManagement could care less. They only take care of their select group of friends.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Why waste brain cells on a group that never has paid attention to the people actually doing the work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Agile Practices Done Right - Not a Merit Badge

    Senior Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsAfter working for two different contract consulting houses, in Columbus and Ann Arbor areas, and as a result having seen a number of shops in both locations, I consider Cengage Learning's GPT:Engineering group hands-down one of the best shops I've had the privilege of working at. The individuals I get to work with day in and day out are incredible, the management that I come into contact with totally have their heads in the right place, and teams genuinely drive progress every day.

    I've been exposed to my share of self-awarded Agile merit badge wearers, fledging Agile wanna-be shops that cannot spell XP, and can say with confidence that Cengage is none of those things. They just do it, do it well, and don't have to talk about doing it. The place is pleasure to work.

    ConsCengage's 100 year history can sometimes tie the thinking to outdated (or shrinking) revenue streams. Where I'm working is very much reversing that trend, but it still shows up on occasion. Example: Learning should not and cannot be exclusively built around a book.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay on the path to more varied and more individualized learning, and we'll do well. Experiment more, and more frequently, right out to end-users.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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