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"Not a bad place to work"

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Former Employee - Development Editor in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Development Editor in Boston, MA
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Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Lots of benefits: small perks like cookies in the cafeteria, transportation discounts. Pretty decent health care, sick pay, and vacation package too.

Cons

Definitely bottom-line oriented. On the editorial side, the only thing that matters is pushing through the product as quickly as possible. Editors are given too much work.

Advice to Management

Acknowledge large workloads and hire more employees or freelancers.

Other Employee Reviews for Cengage

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Sad day when Cengage purchased National Geographic Learning"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people from NGL organization; solid pedagogy in product

    Cons

    Higher ed leadership does not understand the K-12 market

    Advice to Management

    Leadership still learning about the K-12 market


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Sinking ship without any consistent direction"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Quality content, talented and friendly employees

    Cons

    Leadership is made up of idea people with little skill in executing. Mr. Hansen is very inspirational, down to Earth, and if the reality matched what he presented at Town Hall meetings and other venues, this company would be a force to be reckoned with Yet the management team he brought on doesn't mirror his values day to day and instill the opposite sense of where the company is headed. A true go-forward strategy is replaced by constant reorgs and a culture centered around the fear of losing one's job in the seemingly arbitrary shuffling of chairs, When groups or individuals are eliminated, there are seldom plans to fill in the gaps they leave. Strategic decisions are made by individuals with a high level of domain knowledge but no product development knowledge and vice versa. The strategy seems to be throw everything against the wall and see what sticks and keep arbitrarily cutting groups mid-execution of a plan before there is any chance success could be measured. Morale across the board is at an all time low and the company is rapidly bleeding its top talent of those who can execute and deliver products to market.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on Product Strategy and less looking for internal scapegoats and causing attrition due to constant course corrections. Workers need to believe there is an overall strategy and there is a reason for it. Reorgs and course corrections every few months send the complete opposite message.

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