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  • lack of appreciation for work/life balance, very diverse work force led to a lot of tension (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time

    Pros

    This company allows you to gain experience as a recent college grad that can be used to move up within the company, or to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    The pay is low for new grads, and it is by no means an easy or glamorous job - it's printing, after all!

    Advice to Management

    Pay new employees more to show them their worth and to retain employees after they get through the basic training.


  2. "I liked my jobs!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Broad work experience and opportunity to work with several great mentors. Gained thorough understanding of the industry and developed leadership skills that are invaluable to future employers.

    Cons

    Often thrown into a department as a "warm body" to cover for absent or nonexistent employees. Some days, critical projects were delayed in order to get product completed and shipped out on schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Take associate's career goals seriously and try not to rely so much on them as place fillers. It can be frustrating, to someone who is dedicated to the company, to feel like the company is not as dedicated to them.

  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best job ever and sorry that I had to leave

    Cons

    Needed more income and no advancement available at the time.


  4. "For a large company, it really felt like family."

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    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Smyrna, TN
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Smyrna, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Advancement is easy and encouraged. And it's also pretty easy to transfer to other branches if you feel like you'd succeed better elsewhere.

    Cons

    You're not going to get rich, even at upper level management. President of medium-sized cgx companies average in the 70k's and work their butts off!

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on your labor as a percentage of value-added. Also, sell off some sheetfed to strengthen your digital infrastructure; printing is going smaller and faster, and you could easily put yourself in a great position to snap up a large market share of the digital-format.


  5. "Great if you were apart of the Leadership Development Program"

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    Former Employee - Associate- LDP in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate- LDP in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you joined this company through the Leadership Development program, then you were set up for success. This was a rotational program that allowed you to experience different departments so that you could find your niche.

    Cons

    Salary was OK depending on what field you worked in. A lot of individuals in the company despised the program because they didn't understand why college kids got to come in and fluctuate through different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Create a solid career plan for college students and stick with it. Individuals get burned out quick which causes high turnover rates.


  6. "Great LDP program , great learning opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co workers and learning on the job

    Cons

    Pay is less than average


  7. "Was a great opportunity for freshly graduated college students to gain hands on work experience."

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    Former Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Consolidated Graphics offered a great Management Programs for students just out of college. The position gave me a lot of insight in the printing industry, Sales, Management, and Advertising.

    Cons

    The office I worked in was very negative atmosphere and lacked encouragement.

  8. "YOU have to carve your own path"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Leadership opportunities from the get-go. (Filled in for a manager who was out for a month after working here for 3 months)
    - Overall, good company moral (at the individual company in Denver), for CGX, it seems to be OK-- everyone will always gripe.
    - Willing to train you for 3 years
    - Push you to set goals and then expect you to meet them (this is where YOU carve your path)
    - Get to deal with high-profile clients at an Associate level

    Cons

    - Long(er) hours -- 9/10 hour days
    - Mediocre pay & benefits (blame corporate, not the operating company)
    - If you want bigger, better, positions, you'll probably have to move

    Advice to Management

    For the operating company, try to keep morale up, even after layoffs-- participate in activities outside of work. Showing 'us' that you're one of 'us' goes a long way.
    For Joe Davis-- work on LDP associate retention. While the LDP is your baby, heavy recruiting and hiring 8 new people in a year makes it difficult. It makes operations resent the LDP as well as higher turnover for associates. Most of us can get jobs in other fields, but our operating company MAKES us want to stay-- until we aren't challenged everyday and get bored, then it's time to pack our bags and move on.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work hard and move up quickly
    Leader in inudstry
    Financially Secure
    Investing in future

    Cons

    Costly Benefits
    Challenge to get raises


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Personal and Professional Growth - only for people who realize hard work pays off"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company invests 3 years of training into developing you. Most companies might not even give you 2 weeks. This position will challenge you and push you to develop both personally and professionally. It is a perfect position for a recent college graduate that is interested in a long term professional development rather then another paycheck. If you feel limited at the company you work for you have 70 other companies to advance your career at! If you are looking for a 8-5 desk job, this is not the position for you. If you are looking to have a fast pace career and always advancing, this is a job for you.

    Cons

    Benefits and pay are the usual complaint, but it is competitive with an entry level position. If you stick with it, the experience is really what counts and will translate into monetary successes down the road.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention (especially associated who have completed the program and you have invested a lot of resources in). Happy employees are successful employees. I think that often with the vast number of companies, associates may not be getting the recognition that they should be from upper management at a corporate level.


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