Cengage - Soul sucking disguised as doing good in the world. | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (8)

    "Soul sucking disguised as doing good in the world."

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    Former Employee - Learning Consultant in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free company car/gas for personal use. Independence of being a field sales rep. I liked the people I worked directly with.

    Cons

    Products were not dependable and overpriced. More students were harmed financially than helped educationally by the products. Little to no product training while getting started. Encouraged to learn on your own. Goalposts were constantly moved in regards to sales goals. Sales force seemed highly political.

    Advice to Management

    Invest less in sales force and more in product development. The future of educational materials is open source; free products are on par if not better than "premium" products.

    Cengage2019-08-02
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    "Amazing Company Driving Positive Change"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Clifton Park, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - The culture is positive, motivating and very collaborative - Work brings great opportunities for professional development - The CEO and Executive Team are top leaders with great vision and corporate strategy - benefits are good - Everyone is so nice, it's very unusual to have such a large group of genuine, hard working individuals

    Cons

    The company is a leader in driving change in education, which is amazing and exciting to be a part of, but things move fast, so having an adaptable work style would be beneficial to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing job! I am super excited to be part of your team and under your direction. You've always made the right decisions and implemented strong strategies for business success. Lead and I will follow.

    Cengage2019-06-21
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    "Wonderful mission, struggling to be a software company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees at Cengage (from the top down) truly care about the customer - students and teachers. The culture is one of transparency, honesty, and purpose. The purpose/mission being - lower the cost of education.

    Cons

    The mission of the company is admirable, but they are struggling in their transition from a publisher of content to a software company. Be careful getting caught in the ups/downs of this transition.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people market value. They believe in the mission. Don't take advantage of their kindness. As you transition to a software company, pick leaders who care about the employees, as much as the customer. Leaders focused on making a name for themselves will destroy the company from the inside out.

    Cengage2019-11-07

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