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The Sheridan Group Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
11 Reviews
2.4
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Could Easily Be Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services
    Current Employee - Client Services

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company keeps up with changing technology and also the changing landscape of the print industry.

    Cons

    Management does not always seem in touch with realities of daily business. Often when looking into areas they will become lost in small detail and lose site of large production issues. Information seems very guarded and leads to a very negative outlook by many employees. Pay pay cuts and benefit reductions have not helped this outlook. Sheridan is comprised of four print shops each with its own specialty, and often upper management tries to run them all alike even tough it seems obvious to mos this does not work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees are telling you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Contract employees are not valued and are viewed as disposable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Copyeditor
    Current Contractor - Copyeditor

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work; telecommute options for workers

    Cons

    The lower-level management of editorial services views its contract employees as disposable scapegoats for their incompetence in relation to their clients. Everything is negative; there is no motivation to do a better job. Upper level management at DJS is pretty much nonexistent - just showing up to put in time basically - and completely disorganized; one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing (or saying). They tout a per-page "raise" but then change the document formatting so contractors are actually doing more for less money. Very dishonest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of lower and middle management; institute a system of checks and balances within management to ensure consistent practices. Value your contractors and pay them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great company with potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture of the company is great.
    You will find yourself working with great people that truly devote to teamwork, knowledge share, and leadership.

    Cons

    Nothing significant worth mentioning as a con. I will restate the advice to management here: I wish to see the company put more weigh on the technology growth aspect and increase its budget in that area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase budget in technology product research & development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's Book Manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Sheridan Group

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime; Emphasis on safety; Human resources listens

    Cons

    Work / Life Balance; Sometimes working extra shifts or weekends when required

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nowhere but down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH

    I worked at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The remnants of a once great printer

    Cons

    Once good magazine printer now directionless and sliding downhill
    Poor upper management, not hungry at all and coasting on a shrinking market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate people who make an effort to develop new business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company satisfaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cutter Operator in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Cutter Operator in Hanover, PA

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is generally a pleasant place to work. Most of the people are pleasant.

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes lacking and availability of overtime isn't always distributed fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and their concerns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My worst professional experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hunt Valley, MD

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I'm honestly not sure of any. The environment was stodgy and dull, the people in charge aren't very competent in areas where they are supposed to be subject matter experts. The company expects extreme loyalty and if you inquire into compensation or promotion possibilities, people behaved as if they were personally offended.

    Cons

    This company went very far out of their way to hide the terrible financial trouble they were in, paid very low wages and had no appreciation for their employees. Some of the managers were basically abusive, and some of the directors were narcissistic. Unrealistic expectations for company outlook, employee expectations, and people were often fired for personal grudges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No Advancement and Devaluation of Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company has an extremely relaxed dress code, fairly flexible hours with the potential for telecommuting, and a convenient location. There is a lot of opportunity for overtime as an hourly employee.

    Cons

    New employees are sometimes misled to believe there are currently benefits which no longer exist. The company gives the illusion of having great career advancement; however, while it is possible to "move up" in one's title, getting a "promotion" yields a lower hourly wage for many people. As one is promoted, they change from being hourly to salaried, and some salaried employees are grossly exploited, working up to 60 hours a week. It is possible to languish in this job for years without being promoted, but one can also get several promotions and only manage to increase his or her wages by a few thousand dollars a year. This company has continued to cut benefit after benefit in the past two years, culminating in a pay cut for all employees. Some of the managers are overbearing and don't treat the employees as adults. The company has a ridiculously high turnover, sometimes as many as three people in a week. The management refuses to admit there is any problem, and they are professional spin doctors. They make many pathetic attempts at improving employee morale, while insisting that the problem is individual people and their bad attitudes. Their choice of whom to promote seems arbitrary to most people, and they have demoted other people who were competent and good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to speak to people in a less condescending way, and be more honest about the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Morale and culture feels like a wet blanket.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT

    I worked at The Sheridan Group

    Pros

    Nice offices. Location is easy just off exit 10. Nice outdoor area to workout during breaks. A few really great managers and long time employees with heart here. Working hours are easy. Relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. No incentives for performance. Lots of benefit cutbacks due to company performance. No pay increases for few years. Used to be a company that was unionized, so that mentality and approach is still used by management. Morale and culture is draining. DJS is a professional office - technology driven, yet falls under TSG an old school mentality print company - TSG expects DJS to adopt the same practices even though the two cultures are very different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please choose a direction and go with it. Feels like there is a new flavor each week. Show some top down loyalty. The company needs to take risks and pass along rewards to the employees. More and more cut backs are killing the culture here and the turnover is embarrassing. It's almost like you are not even trying.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    It is a small company that needs a few adjustments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group

    Pros

    The factory is clean and there is a good enough emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    There are old machines that management (or owners) will not replace. Production is often halted and employees have the frustrating task of trying to rig the machine to get it to work. This entire process slows down productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace broken equipment and see that as production goes up, business will improve, hence possible raises for hourly workers.

    Doesn't Recommend

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