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"They want innovation but are afraid to take the risks"

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Former Employee - Content Developer in Belmont, CA
Former Employee - Content Developer in Belmont, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

-Desire for innovation
- Honest efforts to move into digital environment
-Belmont office has great views
-Willing to hear new ideas
-Gave me an opportunity to develop relationships with some interesting people with very good ideas

Cons

-Many of the best and brightest are gone (to be expected) and have been (in most cases, not all) replaced with lesser minds (troubling)

-Not the best pay

-Flexibility in work/life has gone down considerably (when I started we could work from home 2 days a week but then it went down to 1 in Q3 2012 and I believe now it is completely gone for most teams)

-Management is slow to accept change, they talk a big game regarding desire for innovation but are very gun-shy on any real initiates (somewhat understandable after the MindTap disaster)

-Rapid acquisitions in mid-2000s was handled poorly and created a disparate and often political corporate environment in which the old guard of print and the new school tech evangelists were often at odds (seems like print people often won these battles because of their experience in these sorts of altercations, after all, they've been fighting the battle to resist change for a long time so as to keep their own skin intact.)

Advice to Management

Clean house at the upper manager level on the print side and put in people from the digital media space and enable them to take risks and move fast.

Other Employee Reviews for Cengage

  1. "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.


  2. 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.

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