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"No hard lines taken"

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Product Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Very flexible and great people (fringe benefits and regular benefits have seriously been deteriorating over the years)

Cons

First things first - private equity really drove this company into a downward spiral as most folks know. They put way too much debt onto the company, taking a highly profitable company and turning it backwards (leadership all had to focus on paying back the debt for so long that they didn't focus on making the company keep growing). Beyond that general statement this review is specifically for Gale - Gale was a wonderful company for many years - truly standing by its mission to help educate and lift up the community it served. It was a great place to work. But leadership lost focus and it's very hard for folks at Gale to take the hard lines that need to be taking (cutting the fat -takes years to do this); putting the right people in leadership roles (one gentleman has a very high position and has a terrible track record and is derogatory toward everyone especially women yet keeps getting promoted); debt forces too many short-term decisions instead of looking 5 years down the road.

Advice to Management

Someone who knows the Gale business needs to stand-up and make the tough decisions especially cutting layers of "management" and putting true leaders in place.

Other Employee Reviews for Cengage

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Struggling to move from yesterday to tomorrow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Products that have the potential to really make a difference in the world. Recognizes that the old business model needs to change. Lots of people who really care about the company and the mission.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Many long-term employees seem satisfied with the status quo. Recognition of the need to change the business model often doesn't extend to feeling the need to change the supporting business practices or how the work gets done.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that your previous formula for success can't just be rubber stamped. Better communication. Show you care about the people through actions, not just words. Change the whole business as soon as you can after the product direction is heading the right way.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Much room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good hours, great staff and staff work ethic.

    Cons

    Management is too separated from the day-to-day, but insists on planning half-baked workflows for immediate implementation. Also, management at the Executive Director level and above doesn't value experience or veteran insight.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your own people for their insights, and listen to their responses.

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