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  1. ".Net Developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ran like a startup
    Great location downtown

    Cons

    Sold to Cengage, horrid it management

    Advice to Management

    Sell Highbeam.com before you ruin the company any more


  2. "Was great until sold to Cengage"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal IT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Internal IT in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HighBeam Research full-time

    Pros

    start-up feel, mostly great people, open to new ideas

    Cons

    after the sale: no vision, poor management decisions, useless big corporation rules killing innovation

    Advice to Management

    Get away from Cengage and get a fresh start!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sad that companies like this exist in the mainstream..."

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    Former Employee - IT Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Operations in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company feel, with many employees working at "doing the right thing".

    Cons

    Upper management believed that it was not only 'okay' to pirate software (Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, etc.), but strongly encouraged everyone in IT to 'locate' copies of software from China, Ebay, wherever, where the cost of 'licensing' would be a fraction of buying 'real' copies. Case in point, the CEO was very proud he could buy 1 copy of Msft Office and install it 25 times.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the 3 core objectives of life: Honesty, Ethics, and why it's not okay to lie.


  4. "Small, smart web company owned by a big, dumb textbook company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology
    smart people
    good software dev process

    Cons

    marketing drives decisions. Marketing has no clue.