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"Unstable, uncertain"

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The people here are great. Hard working, dedicated and trying to do the best job possible. The work/ life balance is favorable and I've generally found it easy to move around between positions. The people with whom I directly work feel strongly about the value of working on educational materials despite the challenges of our industry.

Cons

This industry and this company are undergoing major transitions. We have weathered several large departmental reorganizations with more to come. It's unsettling and demotivating. Despite the company's talk about focusing on digital, from a product development standpoint that's proving to be easier said than done when digital products take weeks and weeks to produce, so there's little speed to market. it's also hard to trust upper managers who either aren't transparent or don't know what they're going to do two months out so give no notice regarding strategic changes. Much comes across as though it's done on a whim with little planning or forethought.

Advice to Management

Please stop changing strategies without giving them a chance to work. Please stop reorganizing so frequently. Please involve employees from all levels in some decision making because we could have told you certain things were going to fail, which they did.

Other Employee Reviews for Cengage

  1. Helpful (8)

    "lots of potential - unfortunately favors idiocy and bad managers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Mason, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is decent, some very talented folks around, interaction with Sr mgmt is ok (but watch your back)

    Cons

    Technology in use is generally way behind. CLTS mgmt is highly against any type of automation, segmentation of roles is extreme and generally does not favor technologists reaching across and lending a hand, too process oriented, and very political. Promotions generally favor those who brown nose, and not the folks that are able to generate results

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting divisive people in managerial roles, and use the talent you have in house. Stop favoring developers that don't have the proper backgrounds, and stay away from buzzwords (Agile being the top one - they had no idea how to implement, and so hired lots of people from small shops that had zero idea how to work in enterprise and completely ruined the premier product we were building - Mindtap/Nextgen, not to mention the Gale product suites).


  2. Helpful (2)

    "This job is very stressful."

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    Former Employee - Publishing Representstive in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Publishing Representstive in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have flexability in this job, you get a company car. You also don't work on Holidays.

    Cons

    Even though you might think you won't work in summers, you do. You end up always having so much work to do you can never relax. They also give crazy quotas without considering factors such as schools cutting enrollments etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with a once a year bonus do a quarterly bonus so people will continue to want to work even if they know they won't hit there yearly quota.

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