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Consolidated Graphics Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "TSSG - Cheap company - no benefits, pay below industry averages, poor management, old applications, on-call assignments."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of strip clubs in close vicinity.

    Cons

    * No 401(k) match
    * Expensive benefits ~ $400 for a single person per month
    * Pay below industry averages
    * No pay increases. Not even to compensate for inflation
    * On-call over the weekend
    * High turnover in every department and at all levels. Best employees leave in less than a year
    * Continuously adding to job duties
    * Old computer / cell equipment
    * Old applications that do not work with the latest IE browser. Continuously downgrade users' browsers as a workaround
    * No training
    * No SOPs
    * Backstabbing from managers
    * Managers have online degrees / certifications
    * Just acquired by RR Donnelley ... An equally awful company

    Advice to Management

    Hire good and knowledgeable managers and employees. Pay higher salaries and provide benefits ... Yeah right, will never happen.


  2. "Lack of Business Knowledge"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Streamwood, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Streamwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to share.

    Cons

    The office I worked in was very negative atmosphere and lacked encouragement. Along that there was a lack of communication and lack of employee tree structure. No chance of moving up just laterally.

    Advice to Management

    Get a President that cares about his employees not just about himself and the profits.

  3. "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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and warm

    Cons

    Everything else. The pay is awful. No benefits!

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect too much from employees with NO TRAINING and very little pY


  6. "Opportunities are there if you want them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to be president of a print shop, there isn't a better way to go.
    You will learn a lot, although it may be trial by fire.

    Cons

    Compensation is poor to fair, benefits are poor. You really have to take your medicine before you reap the rewards of your hard work

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who genuinely have the goal to run a print shop or revamp the program.


  7. "Good Career Starting Point"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Acct Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Acct Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of experience quick for young careers

    Cons

    Low Pay for hours and work input

  8. "Lacking in communication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, average level of salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is so out of touch with the reality of production.

    Advice to Management

    Not many advancement opportunities


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste years of your life."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Smyrna, TN
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Smyrna, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good business experience and time to figure out what you want to do.

    Cons

    Pay is a laughing joke, you are expected to work long hours or your not considered a hard worker (I accomplished more than most people dream of from 8-5 but it didn't matter because I wasn't there for 10 to 12 hour days.) Turnover is super high, I witnessed over 10 LDPs come and go in my 4 years there in a facility with 85 or so. I only saw 2 people actually graduate the program from all classes over a 4 year period. It's so bad they have to hire 2-5 new LDPs every summer and winter depending on the facilities needs. Even if you make it through the LDP and graduate, the pay increase is a joke and you are still stuck on a difficult, dying industry with lots (and I mean lots) of headaches. In the end there are much better jobs out there with better pay, better benefits, less headaches, and better management. Do not work for this company (no matter the position) and waste years of your life.

    Advice to Management

    Your business is run by people, not robots or slaves. Everyone will hit the point where they won't take on more responsibility without more pay. Some people take longer to reach that point than others but why push everyone to their breaking point? That bottom line would look 100x better if your employees are happy, loyal, and care about their job. An extra $10k in salary is better that 100k in spoilage every month. Stop treating LDPs like they are kids in high school. I left there to get a real job and I finally feel like I'm an adult in my late 20's. When someone leaves the company with lots of responsibility, this is not an opportunity to absorb that salary to the bottom line. You have to actually replace people! If you don't your business will continue to break down more every day and employees will be miserable.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work lots, extremely low pay, employees are not valued. Choose this company only as a last option!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Ldp Associate in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides opportunities to learn essential business skills.
    - LDP provides opportunity for one to move up quickly.
    - Small business environment in day to day
    - Opportunity to relocate nationwide (70 domestic locations + 1 in Czech Republic)
    - Buys you time to figure out what you want to do; try it all before choosing a path (management, operations, sales)

    Cons

    - Pay is below market.
    - No raises.
    - No bonuses. If you get one it's small.
    - Pay cuts.
    - Benefits are horrible; I would define it as bare minimum. $140 per paycheck for employee only. The cost of insurance coverage increases with each calendar year.
    - No 401k matching.
    - Work long hours. 9-10 hours per day + weekends. The full time salary positions are exempt (no overtime pay).
    - Extremely high employee turnover rate.
    - Little to no recognition for your hard work.
    - LDP is not well structured; program varies from one operating company to another.
    - While the LDP allows one to move up quickly, upward mobility is limited and comes with strings attached. For example, to be promoted quickly one must:

    * Be mobile. When they call upon you, you pack your bags and move anywhere they want you to go without question.
    * Take great risk that you may be thrown (promoted to President) in shark infested water (of a failing operating company) without so much as a life vest (appropriate resources/tools).
    * Promotions are essentially title changes only. The pay is not competitive; the increase in salary is insulting. For example, a former co-worker was recruited by corporate to take a VP of Operations position, but they only wanted to give him a minor increase from the LDP Associate's salary. Why should a VP (director level) be valued at a starting position's salary level?

    Advice to Management

    CGX doesn't care about people and it's not a secret. If leadership really wants to turn this ship around they would immediately start looking at how to retain talent and encourage loyalty. Stop staring at the numbers on the income statement. Printing is a manufacturing, but at the core of it all, it is a people business.

    Keeping talented happy employees around would have significant, positive impact on the company... including your precious bottom line.


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