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"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.

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Do you really want to work for a company that files bankrupcty? - No and here is why."

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    Current Employee - Editorial Director
    Current Employee - Editorial Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health insurance and 8 paid weeks maternity leave.

    Cons

    The majority of the senior level management team are Caucasian and males. Any minorities in upper management are paid $1000s less regardless of the education. (I am not allowed to reveal the exact office, but most are in the South.) Special favor is held for those females the men find attractive and those females are rewarded with jobs for which they are not qualified. Many people with college degrees and more experience in their fields were passed over for jobs because of a strong culture of dishonesty from human resources.

    The company continues to fail because the people are unhappy and unfulfilled. Typically they prefer to put the women they find work in mediocre management positions so they can fulfill their equal opportunity requirements.

    For those of you in shock by these statements, review the Cengage learning org chart from some of their southern offices and you would be shocked at the obvious lines drawn. When asked why the culture was not as “mixed” in their offices as they were in the warehouse…HR responded “we only have to have 2.7 minorities for every 100. HR tends to use fear to drive employees out they do not want to pay a severance to. Bankruptcy and corruption are no surprise when it comes to Cengage Learning.

    Advice to Management

    Listent to your staff, even if they are women and straight.

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