Thomson West Reviews

Updated May 11, 2015
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  1. Great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was nice to work at Thomson West. The environment and people are good and friendly. Its a huge campus in Eagan Minneapolis MN.

    Cons

    Slow-paced work. The group that I worked with didnot have much challenging work. The team was very small and I felt bored with what I was doing after a certain point of time

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at Thomson West is great. I donot have any kind of complains about it. It's going good for the company


  2. A very familiar, stable place to work. Great employees. Felt proud to work here given West's link with the legal system.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    West is the oldest legal publisher in the US legal system and given its heritage you walk away from work realizing what you have done has directly impacted how legal professionals operate every day. Without the work of the employees at West offering value-add to each and everyone of West's products including their flagship, market-leading product Westlaw, legal professionals would not be able to work effectively.

    Cons

    The salary compared with some of the other companies based in the twin cities could be improved. Many people leave West to work at places like Honeywell or Target and take on comparable jobs with a significant pay increase. More and more benefits are being taken away and given the current economic climate, employees do not feel as secure in their employment. Since the acquisition of Reuters, there have been annual lay-offs; something that was unheard of prior to the transaction.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better forums for employees to be able to voice their concerns about management - whether direct line manager or elsewhere without fear of reprieve. If you have a Sr. Director as a boss and you want to discuss their management style or express a concern with the VP, the VP should be open to hearing those comments, not dismiss entertaining seeing that employee simply because they are a VP.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Too many changes.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees care about the company and the products.

    Cons

    Company constantly changing before results can be evaluated from the last change. The culture is one where employees are afraid to speak out and worried about all of the recent layoffs. Culture is not conducive to innovation and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Look out past the recent quarterly results to think strategically about the future. What do your customers want and need in the next 5 years? Also, communicate directly with employees and explain what is going on and why you are making decisions - don't use "corporate speak", but more open and truthful.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Customers & Products

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful customers, excellent products and many many brilliant and hard working employees.

    Cons

    Abitrary promotions of unqualified people into management and they ruin it for others.... every so often you'll get some moron as your boss - you either move internally or have to spend your day covering your bottom till your boss gets promoted on or fired.... typically they get promoted- but at least you are rid of them.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your subject matter experts and your intrinsically motivated employees. Get rid of all the middle managers that just spend their days working on their MBA programs so they can advance themselves.


  6. N/A

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    Current Employee - Corporate Market Consultant in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Corporate Market Consultant in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great commissions and bonuses. Good people working there.

    Cons

    a lot of traveling. Highly transactional. Lot's of selling

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing


  7. Helpful (1)

    Pay low, working conditions great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Independence, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Independence, OH

    I worked at Thomson West

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program; well-defined processes and workflows. Good IT support, flexible work hours, semi-casual work environment. Decent benefits: Health insurance, dental, vision, pension, 401K.

    Cons

    The pay was well below market rate, and the organizational structure was very flat, with very little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    To get better quality employees (and keep them), pay a reasonable wage. Hiring in at low pay levels brings in younger employees willing to work for almost nothing, but when they find there is no room for advancement, they look for better paying opportunities.


  8. Be careful which Finance group you work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with good salary compensation and excellent benefits. Working in the 7,000 employee Eagan, MN campus gives you access to many internal job postings if you want to move out of your current position. Many opportunities for advancement if you are ambitious and want to move up in the organization. Thomson University and other company resources offer many opportunities for learning and professional development. Also, the company's physical facility offers many nice amenities.

    Cons

    If you go to work in the Finance organization, be very careful which Finance group you will be working in. There are many Finance groups within the West organization and while most are good groups to work in, some are not. Be somewhat wary if you are interviewing for a vacant position that internal candidates do not seem to be interested in as there is likely a good reason for this. It is well know within the company that some Finance positions are way overloaded with work load and these positions will offer nothing even close to a work-life balance. You will frequently be working 10-12 hour days as well as nights and weekends and getting little or no compensation for this (i.e. comp time or even praise). In most Finance groups, a Senior Financial Analyst will be working a more reasonable 40-50 hour work week. So if you can avoid working in one of the "bad" Finance groups, you could be very happy there.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management at Thomson West is taken care of very nicely with 30% annual management incentive bonuses on top of very nice salaries. However, many important mid-level positions only receive a token 1% annual bonus. This needs to be evened out more so that employees performing difficult work at the mid-level do not become disenchanted with this disparity and leave.


  9. Great place to work if you find th right Niche

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Thomson West

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable and supportive place to work

    Cons

    Slow moving large corporation Focused on software as a means to data rather than software as a product

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on software as a product


  10. Great pressure and great pay if you can make it.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top performing reps make good money and have great products in their bag to sell.

    Cons

    Lots of long hours needed to make your numbers. Lots of time must be invested to learn the myriad complex legal products. Training was limited and job was 100% commission when I was there.

    Advice to Management

    good job. Sales commission bonuses are good, but shouldn't be punitively withheld when you miss your quota by a small amount.


  11. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Research Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Research Sales in Boston, MA

    I worked at Thomson West

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always a market for legal research materials. Not bad if you don't mind barging into law offices and interrupting people to sell books.

    Cons

    There is always a lot of pressure to make a number. Some of the managers aren't very helpful, but focus on driving reps rather than leading and helping.

    Advice to Management

    100 page comp plans driven by accountants are demotivating to sales reps. Managers should be tested for competency on the applications they are supposed to lead sales people on.



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