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LexisNexis Legal & Professional Reviews in Bellevue, WA

Updated Mar 3, 2014
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2.1 27 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

LexisNexis Legal & Professional CEO Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

(2 ratings)

8% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Family-oriented culture which gives way to a satisfying work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Company was very flexible with people wanting to work from home (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Inept executive board and senior management attitude destroying a once-proud company (in 61 reviews)

  • Lack of leadership from upper management and lack of clear direction for my particular BU (in 50 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    I have worked here for 7 years and it has been more headache then help.

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsLarge company that you can easily get lost in if that is what you are looking for.
    Many divisions with multiple technologies to work with.

    ConsSeveral years ago all internal communications started to degrade and nothing has been done to address this.
    The focus is more on supporting the sales team than supporting the customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck. Upper management is hired from outside the company. I have not seen anyone interanly promoted above Director.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Good vision but poor implementation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsGood benefits and hours for work/life balance.

    ConsLosing good people due to changes in direction and management.

    Blurred lines separating roles in other departments due to poor performers in many areas. The clean up job eventually falls upon the few on that bottom thats competent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore creativity is needed when developing the software. It seems like you are just incorporating other products just to catch up with the market. I have yet to see something be done thats truly innovative, and not just obvious and quick solutions that other competitors have already gone through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Incredible local people and dedication; HORRIBLE remote senior management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsExtremely knowledgeable people
    Very passionate, committed coworkers
    Decent benefits
    Decent work/life balance, though its up to you to monitor it - they'll take all they can get
    Local teams of business-side and development-side people work well together and respect each other

    ConsThe local business and development organization is very competant, professional, and gets a lot done. In fact, the Litigation Solutions division is one of the few LexisNexis groups that has met it's sales goals and continued to grow. The big problem is when the corporate office decides to treat this division as just another regional office and makes cookie cutter decisions that have serious negative impacts. In addition, this division is a developer of PC and web-based software applications for the litigation discovery process, and senior management has no idea how to develop software applications. They are "leaders" who have a content background, not a software development background. As a result, they try to make changes to a system that works well, in order to make it fit in with the other divisions, because it's more work to have different processes and practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the local management teams make the decisions on how to succeed - if they deliver, why not give them the authority to decide how to operate?
    Take a serious look at the trade-offs being made in regards to integrity and valuing your people, in the name of doing whatever it takes to get products out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    It used to be a great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsThe people I worked with were fun and very good at their jobs. We felt like a small company out in Bellevue and were able to get a lot done with a relatively small team. I really like the local management and had a good work/life balance. We were able to get a lot done until...

    ConsIn 2010, all development was off-shored to India. Most developers in Bellevue lost their jobs and those with less product experience were retained in Dayton. Bellevue employees feel like Dayton folks protect their own. The moral is very poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOff-shoring works well for repetitive, well-defined development efforts. Don't force all development down that model. It doesn't work well and it is now showing in many areas. Allow mid-level, and front line managers to say so and not make it a career-ending move. Everyone, but upper-management, knows this but is afraid to say anything contrary to the current party-line for fear of repercussions.

    All managers need to quit thinking about their own fiefdoms and start thinking about the company and people. Quit saying that it doesn't matter where people are and then making decision based on employee location that impact people's lives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pros and Cons

    Production Specialist (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsThe People I work with are great.

    ConsA lot of the Management folks have no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeam should have a say on who is hired or promoted.

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    Ok place to work, but they will always be looking to offshore to save money, not preserve talent.

    Software Tester (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    Pros* benefits were fair
    * compensation was above average

    Cons* Upper management goes to great pains to hear you, but then ignores everything you say
    * Clients tend to be powerful law firms which dictate what becomes internal policy
    * Never seemed to be budget for self-improvement

    Advice to Senior Management* Show staff that you're listening
    * Lead by example
    * Give line managers even a modest budget for silly (important) things like pizza and T-shirts.

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsLexis pays comparably to similar sized firms and enables individuals to give-up back to the community. There seems to be a genuine effort being made to improve the company, unfortunately I believe it to be irrevocably broken.

    ConsLack of growth opportunity, management feedback, and clearly defined processes lead to a very uncertain work environment and drive extensive "churn".

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate the matrix, it does not work. Invest in the corporate infrastructure, consolidate the sales staff reducing the redundant positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Downhill in 4 years.

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsFlexible work environment, great, smart coworkers. If you have a supportive manager you are covered!

    ConsOver the past 2 years (especially) the assimilation into the larger LexisNexis organization changed the dynamics of the local fast-paced team. Challenges between business teams and product development teams. Ship ship ship without really listening to the needs for a valid schedule which would ensure reasonable timelines and quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is probably too late as much damage has been done, but if possible taking a HARD look at the management and processes in place, compare to why the companies were successful before acquisition. Make changes based on that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A slow death

    Individual Contributor (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsGood work-life balance, flexible hours

    ConsPoor communication of strategy and tactical implementation from senior management to individual contributors. Culture of CYA and blame makes people reluctant to take calcuated risks and share honest feedback. Even when feedback is provided, no tangible action is taken. Team-oriented culture and benefits diminishing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees to take calculated risks, be more connected to employees. Allow employees to be part of the decision making process or at least allow them to offer solutions to some problems. Some decisions appear to have been made off the cuff without consulting people who could have helped refine and improve the final direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LexisNexis continues its death spiral with incompetent leadership

    Operations (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsWith all the changes, reductions and reorganizations ,that have taken place over the last 12 months, I cannot think of a single reason to work at Lexis anymore. This is a total shame, as this company was a great place to work a few years ago. We had great focus, communication, and morale. We also had great perks that have been eliminated.

    ConsLack of direction. Lack of commitment to a direction. Continuos turnover. No respect for the employees. Always looking at the short term and ignoring the long term. Never ending reorganizations and reductions in force. Inability to make a decision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a true leader and revamp the entire organization. The company is top heavy and there are not enough workers that actually get the work done, since most of them have been eliminated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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