Vertis Communications Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people, wide array of services, good mid-level leadership (in 2 reviews)

  • Vertis was the pre press benchmark for the industry (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is horrible and doesn't care about its employees (in 10 reviews)

  • No one did it accurately, sad to say (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great...but not

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time

    Pros

    There was an excellent group of professionals in the Atlanta Logistics group. Dave's group provided excellent insight and knowledge to an otherwise struggling company.

    Cons

    Several bankruptcies, renaming of the company, lack of job security.

    Advice to Management

    Good job selling this company to Quad - should have sold sooner.


  2. Coordinate details of incoming creative work: retouching, file assembly, photography and publication uploads.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Graphic Arts, Advertising industry is creative and fun. The work is always new and each project offers it's own set of challenges and objectives to meet.

    Cons

    Deadline driven. Demanding. Long Hours. Most of the work comes in at the end of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Work on keeping employees motivated and engaged in the company.


  3. Good morale despite the end of the era

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertis Communications

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were fantastic and professional

    Cons

    the financial condition of the company led to its ultimate downfall


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  5. Good company but bankruptcies did not create a secure environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Accountant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I worked at the home office and the people were a great group of people. Office location in downtown Baltimore was great location.

    Cons

    Company had numerous bankruptcies with the first starting in 2008 then 2010 and finally 2013. The constant losses meant that there was no money for salary increases and overall expenditures were tight.


  6. Executive Management Lost Their Way

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Vertis Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to know what they were doing

    Cons

    "Good" CEO's and top Brass let go and lesser talent took over

    Advice to Management

    to appease private investors, management sold their souls


  7. Helpful (1)

    Worked me to death, but It wasn't all bad.

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    Former Employee - Print Specialist in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Print Specialist in Irving, TX

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I really liked the people I worked with. I learned a lot about the pre-press industry and agency advertising. The experiences I got a Vertis out weighed the headaches.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't really care about their employees. They want to pay them the bare minimum and didn't always keep their promises. There was zero work-home life balance. That company killed the marriages of more people than I want to count. Luckily, my account closed before my marriage was placed on the sacrificial altar.

    Advice to Management

    I made some lifetime friends during my time at Vertis and learned a lot. I was underpaid and undervalued however. Look at your human assetts before they all leave.


  8. So glad they laid me off!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Hamptons at Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Hamptons at Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job, just too much detail. The benefits are what kept me there so long.

    Cons

    Way too much team work and micro management. Loads of meetings. The company started to fail and installed a software system in place to count the amount of time it took to do this job and that job and it was a job within a job. No one did it accurately, sad to say. We were forced to do it even though it was not part of the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees do their work and try not to hover too much.


  9. Good company, but…

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vertis Communications

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunity for advancement above average

    Cons

    Declining industry. Leadership solely interested in selling so owners can cash out.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company was finally bought out.

    Cons

    Employees having to take a cut in pay, while upper management received bonuses.


  11. Some of my best working years were at Vertis

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I joined the company in 1999, management would leave technical decisions in the hands of the development team. We could choose what tools we used, what new technologies we could incorporate into our software.

    Cons

    After around 2006, we went thru a lot of restructuring due to bankruptcies and things went downhill from there. Large paycuts, forced furloughs, temporary removal of vacation came soon after that and morale was very low

    Advice to Management

    They were taken over by Quad Graphics in 2013 and so no advice is necessary



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