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"Company with so much potential."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Smart, passionate colleagues. Opportunity to learn and try new things through a host of new teams, ideas, and committees being driven by a changing industry.

Cons

Past leadership has been too risk-adverse and most concerned with maximizing profits versus serving customers and acquiring new customers. It took a while for many to understand the vast change in the industry.

Advice to Management

Make changes fast.

Other Employee Reviews for Cengage

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Addicted to reorganization"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reps. hired are smart people willing to work very hard, company car.

    Cons

    Why do a massive new hire in August and 6 months later let an equal number of employees go without notice, explanation or rationale? There is no work life balance here. This is a 24/7 job and you will never finish or catch up. Management now requests all days on campus and follow up and preparation to be done in the evenings and the weekends. The Friday office day is frowned upon or "illegal" depending upon who you work for,.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing and hiring new college graduates to replace experienced, successful sales professionals. Get out in the field to understand where the market really is and what today's challenges are. If you want to be a digital organization why keep paying more of a bonus for book sales vs. digital. There is no loyalty to employees especially those that have given their all to help the company succeed.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Cengage changes it sales structure twice in under a year."

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Cengage Sales People...well, it used to be anyway, until they laid off almost 200 of them in the Higher Ed Group this week.

    Cons

    Beaurocracy at the top. Cengage keeps changing it's sales structure again and again, without giving it time to work. In June, Cengage had a major reorg in sales structure, and had some layoffs.
    Then, after outgoing head of sales (who made reorg) gets the boot, and they bring in new CEO, who then hires a new head of Sales (from Pearson) in December.
    Then, in February, yet another reorg, in which they lay off almost 200 employees, and reconfigure positions and sales territories, right in height of sales season. They dismissed hardworking, long time employees, many with terrific track records.

    Advice to Management

    You don't reorg again after 5 months, and, especially in height of the selling season, when you are already having a horrible sales year. And, to lay off people in such a disrespectful way.. What goes around, comes around...or, in this case, what goes around...will come around and will take the ship under, like the Titanic. A merger with Apollo and McGraw-Hill is inevitable, which will then bring another reorg and more layoffs

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