R.R. Donnelley Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance is pretty nice (in 15 reviews)

  • needed a job the opportunity presented itself easy enough to learn good people that I (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No 401K match, stock options, bonus etc (in 25 reviews)

  • The work-life balance was good as I worked for an agent of the corporate structure-Donnelley Logistics (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Stable company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company that is continuously strategically planning to position itself ahead of competitors.

    Cons

    Lengthy commute to the suburbs


  2. it was alright

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - i am writing this because glass door is not letting me look at other companies.

    Cons

    -glass door is being stupid with their website


  3. Recent management change in Mattoon division

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    Current Employee - Press Lead in Mattoon, IL
    Current Employee - Press Lead in Mattoon, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and line supervisors and very good.

    Cons

    New manager over the division has changed crews working hours and has changed the mood of employees, a large amount of co-workers have quit. Also reducing crew size starting September expecting employees to just deal with not having enough help. Crews were reduced just a couple years earlier and now more with old technology and machine parts breaking down.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to eight hour shifts so that presses and lines have enough workers to crew the machines properly. 4-crewing does not work and is not wanted by employees.


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  5. project manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay, paid overtime, you can make good money if you're willing to work holidays

    Cons

    no advancement, mediocre benefits, poor life/work balance, sometimes kindly forced to work during holidays, no investment in technology for employees, no rewards towards hard work


  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People you work with.

    Cons

    Very old skool thinking. Too much red tape

    Advice to Management

    Be present


  7. Helpful (1)

    An old-school company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Documentation Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Documentation Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RRD is an old-school company in the midst of many transitions. With the announcement of splitting the company into three parts in 2016, a fire has been lit under many previously-complacent individuals. Everyone is thinking about how to improve, how to serve customers better, how to get new customers, and how to make money. It is an exciting time to be working for a company that has a great reputation as an industry leader.

    Cons

    Benefits are mediocre at best and there is inconsistent scrutiny of expenditures. Some groups and people can do whatever they want as long as they can vaguely define a "business need," while other groups have to justify every penny of spend and are tsk-tsked over legitimate expenses. You have to drive your own career here, and there are folks who are here for the long haul and don't have any particular ambition. Intelligence varies widely and non-stellar salaries mean some of the best brains have gone elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    PAY US MORE, at least the high performers. 1% annual increase for everyone and a 2% merit increase that basically had to be begged for are NOT enough for highly qualified tech workers in this market.


  8. Decent

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    Current Employee - Packer
    Current Employee - Packer

    Pros

    They pay decent, overtime availability

    Cons

    Long 12 hour shifts, tough environment


  9. It is the best chance at stability in an ever changing environment.

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    Current Employee - Estimator III in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Estimator III in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Corporate does a good job investing in the employees. Decent Benefits. If you are willing to adapt there is oppourtunity.

    Cons

    Constant change leaves employees wondering whats next. You are left to your own to try and navigate the systems.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more open and honest.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fortune 500 Company Needs to Better Reward Employees

    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time

    Pros

    This is a large, stable company that has invested towards its future through diversification via acquisitions. It's no longer "just a printing company." The starting pay is excellent; and they have a full range of benefits.

    Cons

    For the past 3 years, merit increases have been 1% while the company has been better positioning itself to sustain growth. With the annual increase in benefit costs, employees have seen their income erode significantly. The 401(k) match has been dropped during this same period. They added a tuition reimbursement program to benefit and attract a younger workforce, but have done little to nothing to reward long-term employees who have sustained the company during the decline of the printing side of the business. Their profit sharing program is based on meeting location specific goals; however, the calculation method is outdated and skewed to reward legacy printing rather than profit centers.

    Advice to Management

    As a Fortune 500 company, you need to do better for your employees. Raises should at least meet the national average which has been 3%. The 401(k) match should be reinstated; and profit sharing should be updated to reward locations that are profit centers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Keep looking...

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    Current Employee - Sort & Relief
    Current Employee - Sort & Relief
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Parking place incentives & decent break policy.

    Cons

    Inconsistent workweek hours, no 401k match, sky-high benefit costs, sweatshop, & continually run equipment with inexperienced skeleton crews.

    Advice to Management

    Successful company shows minimal appreciation for employees & morale is at all-time low.



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