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Cengage Overview

Boston, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#41)

Top CEOs: 2018 (#17)

Company Updates

  • “In launching Cengage Unlimited, we made a bold move to offer a subscription service in an industry that has historically been loath to change…We are very pleased to have more than 500,000 subscribers already and look forward to reaching more students in the upcoming January semester and beyond.” - Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage

    Read on to learn how Cengage Unlimited is saving students money and transforming the way they acquire and access their course materials >>

    College Students Expected to Save $60 Million this Academic Year Using New Subscription Service for Textbooks and Course Materials - Cengage

    BOSTON-November 27, 2018-After tuition, college students say buying textbooks is their leading source of financial stress, according to a recent survey. In fact, 85 percent of students surveyed said paying for textbooks and course materials is more stressful than buying food, housing or health care.

  • "A change of this magnitude doesn’t happen if you don’t want to take a risk."

    Read the interview with Cengage CEO Michael Hansen to learn how Cengage Unlimited - a bold new subscription service - is revolutionizing the way college students acquire and access their course materials >>

    Frankfurt Book Fair 2018: Cengage CEO Michael Hansen on the Company's Digital Switch

    This fall, Cengage, one of the world's largest textbook and educational companies introduced Cengage Unlimited, a new digital subscription service offering students access to all of its digital learning platforms, e-books, and online homework and study tools for one price. It's a massive, and long overdue model shift, says Cengage CEO Michael Hansen.

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Cengage – Why Work For Us?


At Cengage, we are united by a single belief: Every student has the potential to be unstoppable.

We see a world where every student is a confident learner. Where all learners are propelled by the power of education. A world where they get further with every question, sharper with every lesson and stronger with every challenge. A world of acceleration, advancement and ambition. We see a world where students have the audacity to know their potential and the tenacity to make it real. So that no matter where they go or what they strive for, they will be unstoppable.


Who We Are

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners.

What We Do

We create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want.

Why We Do It

Confident students are successful learners, so we design tools that keep them moving toward their goals.

How We Do It

  • Our flexible learning tools give students access to content where and when they need it, so that they can learn in sync with their work, school and life.
  • Our immersive experiences let students go deep and master concepts so that they don’t just get the grade they want; they gain skills for life.
  • Our on-demand customer service offers students and faculty the support they need to solve any problem and keep moving forward.

Around Cengage

Our culture fosters collaboration at every turn. Instead of offices with closed doors, you’ll find open minds ready to work together to transform education, with everyone taking a vital part in meeting the challenges. But it’s not all work and no play. At each of our offices you’ll find a mix of hard work and fun activities that include summer picnics, food and craft beer tastings, holiday parties and more.

Our Ethos

We are building a company with the courage and creativity to take the unbeaten path and reinvent the future of education and learning. Our team of trailblazers hails from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. This is our Ethos--how we do what we do!

Our Credo

It's not a traditional mission, vision or values statement but, quite simply, a statement of who we are and what we believe. The Credo guides the choices we make as a company and as individuals.

Join Our Team

At Cengage, you will work with a team of dedicated professionals building innovative solutions that improve teaching and learning at colleges, universities and libraries. Our employees also support professional development at government agencies, training organizations and corporations around the world.

We are an international organization with career opportunities in editorial, technology, marketing, sales, finance, production, operations, administration and human resources. This variety of available career paths provides our employees with opportunities to pursue career advancement and transitions all within our organization.

Discover your career with us! Visit our Careers Page to check out our current employment opportunities.

Community Involvement

Investing in the communities where we live and work is an important part of who we are.

  • We give each employee one paid day off per calendar year for community volunteer work.
  • Our campuses hold onsite events to raise funds and awareness for important causes.
  • We match contributions to employee-nominated nonprofits or educational institutions.


At Cengage Learning we are accountable to and for each other. Part of that is recognizing the commitment, talent, and skills of our employees by offering a comprehensive benefits plan and program.

We offer: 

  • 12 weeks of fully-paid parental leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Health savings account with employer contributions and flexible spending accounts
  • Hospital Indemnity Plan
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Dependent life insurance
  • Individual and Family AD&D
  • Legal Expense Insurance
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Paid vacations, holidays and sick days
  • Tuition Assistance Program 
  • Scholarship Program
  • Classroom-based and online training resources
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Care Program
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Rethink – a program for parents with children that have learning, social, developmental or behavioral challenges.
  • 24-Hour Travel Assistance
  • Identity Theft Restoration & Card Monitoring
  • Matching Gifts Program
  • Volunteer Days to give back to your community

Check out our current benefits here.

Cengage Reviews

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    "Great vision, and commitment to excellence"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rapid City, SD
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    I have been working at Cengage full-time (More than 10 years)


    The leadership of the company has been jaw-droppingly motivated, visionary, and transparent. They have turned a company haunted by downturns in the market into a trendsetter that is adapting profitably. Along the way they have been committed to employee growth and job satisfaction. I am thrilled with what we are doing for learning. Cengage is a good company with a good purpose!


    The education market is highly scrutinized by media and government.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. In 20 years with the company, you are the only management group tackling the real problems, and doing so successfully.

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Cengage Photos

Cengage photo of: Front lobby of our Boston office
Cengage photo of: So excited for the launch of Cengage Unlimited!
Cengage photo of: The winners of our "Picture of the Day" contest!
Cengage photo of: Hard at work in one of our Boston conference rooms!
Cengage photo of: Drop costs not classes!
Cengage photo of: Cengage Unlimited brainstorming session
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Cengage Interviews



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    District Sales Manager Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Cengage (Farmington Hills, MI) in February 2017.


    Several phone/Skype interviews with different district sales managers. Final in-person interview with sales management team consisted of project preparation and presentation. Fairly standard process but lengthy. They definitely know how to treat a prospective employee though. All arrangements were handled with great care and professionalism.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you manage a sales pipeline effectively?   1 Answer
    • What are the key components of a successful salesperson?   1 Answer
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Cengage Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 EdTech Digest Awards - Winner of Higher Education Mobile App Category, THE EDTECH AWARDS 2018 | Moving Forward, 2018
  • 2018 Hermes Awards - ​Platinum Winner: Electronic Media / Social Media / Interactive Media | Website Overall, Hermes Creative Awards, 2018
  • 2018 CODiE Best K12 Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution, SIIA CODiE Awards, 2018
  • 2018 CODiE Best Virtual Learning Solution, SIIA CODiE Awards, 2018
  • Top CEOs 2018 by Glassdoor, Glassdoor, 2018
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Pledges & Certifications

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

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