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Thomson West Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
76 Reviews
2.8
76 Reviews
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Thomson West President and CEO Peter Warwick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, great pay, wonderful supervisors and great officemates (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits, flex work schedule for sales, great name recognition in the market, strong elearning content for compliance and training (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Flexibility is getting worse and I don't really view Thomson West as a company in favor of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management on site possibly insane (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Often rewarding, but also frustrating with the silos and politics of a multinational organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    Really strong relationship opportunities and exposure to very prestigious clients, colleagues and fellow businesses

    Cons

    Salaries are not generous; a lot of processes and red tape; true talent always leaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your star performers and help them feel appreciated and motivated. They will be loyal to you if you give them a

  2.  

    Good company to work with

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

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Pros

    Best work-life balance company to work for

    Cons

    Need to stop the Org Structure change which they day very frequently

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep looking - you will find much better paying sales jobs elsewhere!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Onsite amenities are good, but they have to be because you are stuck in the middle of nowhere.

    Cons

    Nobody goes out to lunch because it is impossible to go out anywhere(and find parking within a mile of the building) in 30 minutes. So get used to the same cafeteria food everyday or brown bag it. Sure, you get paid vacation days and time off but take them at your own peril, because you risk losing your job if you do "quota doesn't care" is a favorite management saying. Management likes to take credit for your success but not accept any responsibility for poor results. They will look the other way and ignore unethical behavior for the sake of their own paychecks. Very cutthroat environment: once you are in there it is every man for himself. Pay attention - Thomson is always hiring for Inside Sales, there is a reason for that!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spinning "career advancement opportunities" when only a few (favorites) are promoted.

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

    Less than optimal experience

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

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    It's a good temporary job, especially if you are a recent graduate.

    Cons

    They don't care about the employees, which is why there is very high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give benefits to employees who have been with the company for over 6 months. Several people in my office worked for over a year without benefits, which I do not think is right and contributes to high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here if you have an ounce of self-respect or dignity. The paycheck is not worth it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is average to slightly above average.

    Cons

    Where to start... There are so many cons that it is impossible to list them all. It is a shame what Reuters has done to destroy a great Minnesota company and turned it into part of a greed worldwide corporate conglomerate. I feel certain that management would do just about anything for an extra dollar. The front-line supervisors are forced into compromising positions and are used as the axe men to chop the heads of the lowly employees while upper management continues to roll in the dough. This disgusting and immoral environment brings out the absolute worst in human nature and the behavior of the supervisors. It is a true cut-throat environment and only people willing to compromise their principles get ahead. Repulsive working conditions. Stay away unless you really need a paycheck and have no other options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings not like dogs. I am not sure how you people look at yourself in the mirror.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Watch out for the re-orgs

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

    I worked at Thomson West full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was in Sales at TR Legal (West) for about 8-10 years. Certain territories and products offer the ability to make a lot of money - but, 2014 is the year of Finance cracking down on comp plans and ensuring that doesn't happen. 2015 might be different. As a salesperson, the TR brand will open doors for you. Some of the products are phenomenal, and even when your product shouldn't otherwise be in the mix for consideration, sometimes you'll still be in the mix. Ability to work from home is great if that's something you value. Overall the comp can be good when things are humming along.

    Cons

    Since 2008 it's been almost annual reorgs of the sales force as the company tries to find growth. If senior management gets up at a meeting and promises "no more re-orgs," don't believe it for a second. If you're smart you can end up in a good position for the following year, or you can end up in a bad spot. New comp plans and territories will be launched on Jan 1 each year and "surprise" here's your mission for the next 12 months, you will have very little say in the matter. It's not political (mostly), its just whatever management decides is the strategy du jour. If you don't work in New York or Minnesota, your career options are going to be very limited, and it will be just a job. HR only hires and fires, they pay no attention to ongoing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the re-orgs. Realize that developing software in-house is not a core competency, keep buying revenue streams from outside. Simplify the comp plan so doesn't read like the tax code referencing every bad incident from the last 15 years, and instead enables the sales force to be productive and grow revenue.

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

    Can make a couple of bucks, but little to no life balance

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

    I have been working at Thomson West full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Better comp than other competitors

    Cons

    No life balance in reality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Going down the drain

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

    I have been working at Thomson West full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the co-workers are great and are a lot of fun!

    Cons

    Company is constantly looking to put more money in their pocket books at the expense of many expert, knowledgeable employees. There is really no room for growth unless you know someone and/or are riding senior managements coat tails. Flexibility is getting worse and I don't really view Thomson West as a company in favor of work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow better work-life balance opportunities. There are many jobs that can be done remotely, yet, our management chooses to remain in the stone-age and feels the need to have employees present in the office. Yet, they see no issue if you work your in-office hours in addition to extra hours on nights and weekends. Again - they are more about the work and less about the personal life and family time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Sales Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson West

    Pros

    Good benefits, at the time

    Cons

    Fighting for commissions, quotas raised without notice

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had a good career there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are great and work is interesting

    Cons

    Can be a numbers game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to sales people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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