Gale Reviews

Updated Nov 4, 2019

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3.0
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44 Ratings
Pros
  • "Gale provides a great work-life balance and flexibility(in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people, super cooperative spirit, decent benefits, good work/life balance (though that can vary depending on department)(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Gale, the Heart of Cengage"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Mason, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Kind, smart, and effective teams (with very limited exceptions) working together to empower libraries. This mission is meaningful and provides exceptional opportunities for creative approaches and the application of critical thinking. The mission and intricacies of the work (done well) also mean that every one of us and every role we play is important to our organizational effectiveness. It's a joy to work with the people at Gale to empower learning, research, opportunities, and joyous discovery by partnering with libraries.

    Cons

    Sometimes, and for sustained periods of time, there is no life/work balance. This comes as part and parcel of caring about each other, our customers, and the way our work makes a difference to many people. The company doesn't invest in staffing levels, research, development and other key areas like they might. (No surprise for anyone who has worked in an organization held by an investment firm.) Our salaries/wages are also off b/c they are tied to regional averages. In an evolving gig economy and when virtual employment opportunities are rich, I hope the company will shift their thinking so we can hold on to more talented and experienced people.

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  2. "Good place, tough industry"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Great people, super cooperative spirit, decent benefits, good work/life balance (though that can vary depending on department)

    Cons

    layoffs seem ever present, which is difficult

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Huge Mess -- impending layoffs at all times."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Employees are dedicated to each other. Work at home one day a week.

    Cons

    Too many ineffective and out-of-touch middle managers. Toxic environment where people are burnt out and cry. Senior leadership is completely detached from employees. People don't trust their managers. Little to no budgets, skeleton crew staff. Everyone is overworked, underpaid and unhappy. Morale is seriously the lowest I've ever experienced at a workplace.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Management is questionable"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Gale full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Management has issues with people who can speak the truth and ask them tough questions

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  5. "Good place to work..."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great compensation for high achieving reps, viewed as best products in library market place with emphasis on digital

    Cons

    Constant change in Executive management, almost too many products to learn, goals were overly aggressive at times

  6. Helpful (1)

    "changing industry comes with job challenges"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    peers are some of the best in the industry; great benefits; valuable work being done

    Cons

    management is top heavy and doesn't empower middle managers; parts of the company are given freedom to act nimbly while other parts are governed by overly prescriptive policies

  7. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gale full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team, nice working environment

    Cons

    No Bonus, revenues dropping down

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Perspective from Engagement Services Dept"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture, collaborative team, Gale is known as one of the good guys in the industry, opportunities for philanthropy, company is in the midst of a product and growth renaissance

    Cons

    departmental management vision, there are people who have been in the same role for 10, 15, 20+ years who have no advanced. No clear guidance for advancement, many people leave the company because of this

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  9. "Good place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good opportunities

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities and flexibility

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and passionate employees

    Cons

    Departments should share information with each other more

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