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  • So senior management can get rich (in 68 reviews)

  • Not easy working for a company upper management would rather not have to deal with (in 62 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Culture"

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    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership and team culture. Co workers were great and very interesting work! Very good and gratifying training and team building events.

    Cons

    Not allot to say on the con side of things, I think smart coders and SQL gurus do not always make for good managers of people. I needed more opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    When promoting look for people skills. You are only going to be as good as the people you develop and surround yourself with.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Decent place but senior management disconnected from offices outside of HQ"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, tries to instill professionalism in practices, willing to innovate, generally good products.

    Cons

    A senior team that rotates frequently due to poor leadership and a ever changing vision. Often seems more interested in what the competition is doing rather than customers. Not a huge amount of respect of employees--just pieces to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Top down doesn't always work. Try developing and communicating a vision and then letting divisions and teams execute.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good vision but poor implementation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and hours for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Losing good people due to changes in direction and management.

    Blurred lines separating roles in other departments due to poor performers in many areas. The clean up job eventually falls upon the few on that bottom thats competent.

    Advice to Management

    More creativity is needed when developing the software. It seems like you are just incorporating other products just to catch up with the market. I have yet to see something be done thats truly innovative, and not just obvious and quick solutions that other competitors have already gone through.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I have worked here for 7 years and it has been more headache then help."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company that you can easily get lost in if that is what you are looking for.
    Many divisions with multiple technologies to work with.

    Cons

    Several years ago all internal communications started to degrade and nothing has been done to address this.
    The focus is more on supporting the sales team than supporting the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. Upper management is hired from outside the company. I have not seen anyone interanly promoted above Director.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Incredible local people and dedication; HORRIBLE remote senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Extremely knowledgeable people
    Very passionate, committed coworkers
    Decent benefits
    Decent work/life balance, though its up to you to monitor it - they'll take all they can get
    Local teams of business-side and development-side people work well together and respect each other

    Cons

    The local business and development organization is very competant, professional, and gets a lot done. In fact, the Litigation Solutions division is one of the few LexisNexis groups that has met it's sales goals and continued to grow. The big problem is when the corporate office decides to treat this division as just another regional office and makes cookie cutter decisions that have serious negative impacts. In addition, this division is a developer of PC and web-based software applications for the litigation discovery process, and senior management has no idea how to develop software applications. They are "leaders" who have a content background, not a software development background. As a result, they try to make changes to a system that works well, in order to make it fit in with the other divisions, because it's more work to have different processes and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Let the local management teams make the decisions on how to succeed - if they deliver, why not give them the authority to decide how to operate?
    Take a serious look at the trade-offs being made in regards to integrity and valuing your people, in the name of doing whatever it takes to get products out.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "It used to be a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with were fun and very good at their jobs. We felt like a small company out in Bellevue and were able to get a lot done with a relatively small team. I really like the local management and had a good work/life balance. We were able to get a lot done until...

    Cons

    In 2010, all development was off-shored to India. Most developers in Bellevue lost their jobs and those with less product experience were retained in Dayton. Bellevue employees feel like Dayton folks protect their own. The moral is very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Off-shoring works well for repetitive, well-defined development efforts. Don't force all development down that model. It doesn't work well and it is now showing in many areas. Allow mid-level, and front line managers to say so and not make it a career-ending move. Everyone, but upper-management, knows this but is afraid to say anything contrary to the current party-line for fear of repercussions.

    All managers need to quit thinking about their own fiefdoms and start thinking about the company and people. Quit saying that it doesn't matter where people are and then making decision based on employee location that impact people's lives.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    The People I work with are great.

    Cons

    A lot of the Management folks have no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Team should have a say on who is hired or promoted.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work, but they will always be looking to offshore to save money, not preserve talent."

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    Former Employee - Software Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * benefits were fair
    * compensation was above average

    Cons

    * Upper management goes to great pains to hear you, but then ignores everything you say
    * Clients tend to be powerful law firms which dictate what becomes internal policy
    * Never seemed to be budget for self-improvement

    Advice to Management

    * Show staff that you're listening
    * Lead by example
    * Give line managers even a modest budget for silly (important) things like pizza and T-shirts.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Lack of Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lexis pays comparably to similar sized firms and enables individuals to give-up back to the community. There seems to be a genuine effort being made to improve the company, unfortunately I believe it to be irrevocably broken.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunity, management feedback, and clearly defined processes lead to a very uncertain work environment and drive extensive "churn".

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the matrix, it does not work. Invest in the corporate infrastructure, consolidate the sales staff reducing the redundant positions.


  10. "Too little, too late!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can work from home. The people I work with are wonderful, intelligent , creative and innovative individuals.

    Cons

    Senior management has a bird's eye view of their products and doesn't care about the customers, only the bottom line. The employees are often discouraged and held back by management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the product specialists! Don't wait for a product to be on the brink of failure before you invest. Software is a continual investment, it must improve. This is no longer a paper company.


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