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"Great products but very troubled company because of highly leveraged purchase from Thomson and poor product decisions"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Best in class products, industry leadership in the library reference space and some niche areas on the textbook side.

Cons

Too much debt and bad management decisions have caused a major upheaval. Constant reorganization starting in 2010 left many good employees jobless while, for the most part, the upper-middle management folks have snaked their way into new positions within the company. Just because you claim to be a "digital" company doesn't make it so.

Advice to Management

Declare Bankruptcy, sell off the profitable divisions that have strong reoccurring revenue to companies that can maximize their potential

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "How bad can it get!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company was one of the best in the industry and that has now changed! The management was at one time the best in the industry. There was pride, and respect that came with being a success at Cengage Learning.People make the company!

    Cons

    Too much change all at once now everyone is in fear of their future and the companies as well , The sharks a circling the tank.

    Advice to Management

    Your sales force is the driving force and don't forget this!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, trying to survive in a dying industry."

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    Former Employee - Senior Educational Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Educational Consultant in Tallahassee, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent base pay w/ good incentive compensation if you make your number. Great benefits package...sales reps get a car w/ maintenance and gas all paid for, along with medical, 401(k), etc. Very competitive textbook offerings in most disciplines.

    Cons

    Too many different technology offerings with no consistent brand. Financially unstable, which has lead to mass layoffs. Long and non-traditional hours, so lots of nights and weekends make it hard to get that work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvent yourself by changing the business model. Trying to convert everything from print to digital offerings is only half the battle. Need to market and sell directly to students.

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