R.R. Donnelley

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R.R. Donnelley Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
540 Reviews
2.6
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R.R. Donnelley President, CEO, and Director Tom Quinlan III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is very flexible and the office is very casual (in 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • low pay, poor application of IT technology, no 401K match last several years (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.  

    Poor Leadership !

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    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley

    Pros

    Company seems profitable. If you have a staff position you will probably have job for 10 years at least.

    Cons

    No motivation. Company has the same outlook for the last 20 years going no where fast! No visible minorities in senior leadership. This is surprising as RR Donnelley lost a discrimination case years ago in the U.S. You would think they would have changed "their white is right" philosophy by now.
    The new president in Canada is no different from the previous. He surrounds himself with his own "old boys" club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new blood. Change your market focus from print to data management. Transition to content management and the company may have a future. Treat your people better( very simple). It time also to get rid of the old guard and their mind set and arrogance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior International Tax Accountant

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    Former Employee - Senior International Tax Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior International Tax Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The majority of the tax team was a pleasure to work with. They were very bright & the nature of the business offer great opportunity to work on complex issues & transactions.

    Cons

    My direct supervisor was a nightmare to work with. Simply a nightmare. Above everything else, she did NOT know how to effectively communicate & simply did NOT know how to manage people.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Less for employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Diversifying from printing into many other more current business opportunities.
    Safety conscious.
    Talks the talk for shareholders.
    Most of the employees and coworkers are very nice and highly competent.

    Cons

    Very high employee contribution for health care. No company contribution to 401K.
    Little or no annual pay increases.
    Promises of large bonus opportunities never materialize; none or minimal actually are given.
    Long term managers part of the old boys network can get away with abusive behavior. Work the system to get there way at the expense of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin taking better care of employees instead of only the shareholders and executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    XBRL Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley

    Pros

    Consistent pay check and discount on public transportation

    Cons

    The management has no experience in managing professional. Negative work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    RR Donnelley. Plainfield, indiana

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    Current Employee - Receiving Clerk in Plainfield, IN
    Current Employee - Receiving Clerk in Plainfield, IN

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They hire anyone! Over time during peak. Smoke break area. People are okay. Nothing really a pro with this company unless you don't speak English.

    Cons

    low pay. No 401k. No bonus. Just a crap job. No order. The only NON union rrd. HR doesn't care about the employee. Two breaks 15 and 20 minutes (not allowed to leave)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the union in!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    went downhill after RRD purchased Perry Judds

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    Former Employee - Distribution Specialist in Strasburg, VA
    Former Employee - Distribution Specialist in Strasburg, VA

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley

    Pros

    close to home is all I've got

    Cons

    poor management on all levels, no hope for advancements, no employee dedication, no incentive for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    worst ever

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    Current Employee - Xbrl Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Xbrl Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cannot think of any at this time

    Cons

    management, benefits, pay, micro-managed, no work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Operating in Trouble Mode consistently and layoffs are NUMEROUS!

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    Former Employee - Manager-Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager-Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley

    Pros

    Good coworkers, great products, nice building

    Cons

    Poor management that is just chasing a profit goal. Every decision is based on eliminating headcount or reducing overhead. Benefits are horrible for a so called mega company. No 401k match or pension either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. They won't listen. They're too busy looking for another company to buy so they can fire 80% of the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Offset Press Operator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Offset Press Operator in Durham, NC

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay scale, some friendships and people in general will be missed. Loved printing!

    Cons

    Terrible management, no respect of employees, just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another line of work!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Don't, just don't.

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    Former Employee - Rolltender in Mattoon, IL
    Former Employee - Rolltender in Mattoon, IL

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They do pay you (poorly), but if that's your only desire in a job then go ahead.

    Cons

    This is in regards to specific experience as an entry level employee (material handler or rolltender). The pay is horrible. In Illinois you can expect to come in at $10 an hour. You can expect to maybe receive somewhere between 20-33 cents in raises per year until you cap out as a material handler just under $13 an hour.

    When considering a promotion, the weight of factors that the promotion rely on is attendance. They care almost nothing about how competent you are at RRD as long as you show up and don't hurt yourself.

    They seem to still think it's the 1980s and that this is a desirable job that demands the highest level of skill. That, or they merely want to suck as much out of you as they can for as little cost to them as possible. When you become a rolltender (or other promoted position), there's a 2.5 year journeyman process where there is about two weeks worth of laughable training and then you're on your own. Unfortunately for you, they won't begin paying an actual rolltender wage (about $14.50 to start, capped around $17.50) until after that 2.5 year period.

    So, if you enjoy taking on a larger workload and more responsibility for about 30 cents more an hour -- go for it.

    The pay is ridiculously low. You can expect to be substantially below the median wage of US earners. You can expect to be about 50% lower than the mean wage of US workers.

    If you want periods of time where you're working 12-hour days for 3, 4, or 5 days in a row in literally scorching conditions (I've measured 122 degrees on the third deck of a press), then again, go for it.

    The turnover because of the aforementioned conditions is just crazy. You have new people training other new people when neither really know what they're doing. This in turn creates much higher rates of lost productivity because very few people on the press actually know what they're doing. In response to that, the people who do know what's going on (namely the pressman, assistant, and rolltender) end up despising these new hires because they constantly have to walk them around so they do their job for them. Most of them time they're also unwilling to help new hires as well because they know they'll be gone within a few weeks time as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incompetency runs rampant around RRD. Managers are no exception. On the off-chance that someone who does have a clue reads this: recognize that not everyone who goes in as a material handler is a moron. If you want the doors to stay open at your plant then find those few people and pay them enough to where they won't leave. It is far better to pay a competent material handler $15-16 an hour than it is to keep turning them over every couple weeks and having their wage double while you have someone stand next to them and stack books.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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