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LexisNexis Legal & Professional Reviews in Bellevue, WA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
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Pros
  • Other areas of the company allow more flexibility, better work life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Company was very flexible with people wanting to work from home (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Inept executive board and senior management attitude destroying a once-proud company (in 62 reviews)

  • Upper management concerned only with short term revenue goals (in 54 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Culture

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    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership and team culture. Co workers were great and very interesting work! Very good and gratifying training and team building events.

    Cons

    Not allot to say on the con side of things, I think smart coders and SQL gurus do not always make for good managers of people. I needed more opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When promoting look for people skills. You are only going to be as good as the people you develop and surround yourself with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Decent place but senior management disconnected from offices outside of HQ

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, tries to instill professionalism in practices, willing to innovate, generally good products.

    Cons

    A senior team that rotates frequently due to poor leadership and a ever changing vision. Often seems more interested in what the competition is doing rather than customers. Not a huge amount of respect of employees--just pieces to move around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top down doesn't always work. Try developing and communicating a vision and then letting divisions and teams execute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good vision but poor implementation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and hours for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Losing 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 ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Several 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 ManagementAdvice

    Good luck. Upper management is hired from outside the company. I have not seen anyone interanly promoted above Director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Incredible local people and dedication; HORRIBLE remote senior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

    Extremely 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Let 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It used to be a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

    The 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...

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Off-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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

    The People I work with are great.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team should have a say on who is hired or promoted.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Tester in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    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 ManagementAdvice

    * 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

    Lexis 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the matrix, it does not work. Invest in the corporate infrastructure, consolidate the sales staff reducing the redundant positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Downhill in 4 years.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Over 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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