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LexisNexis Legal & Professional Employee Reviews about "work from home"

Updated Feb 16, 2020

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LexisNexis Legal & Professional CEO Mike Walsh
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Pros
  • "I experienced a work life balance here(in 223 reviews)

  • "I love getting to work from home and I am given the opportunity to grow without micromanagement(in 110 reviews)

Cons
  • "Out of date sales mentality from upper management that hasn’t(in 87 reviews)

  • "I think this may be due to the leaders or senior management in place for those areas(in 82 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working at LexisNexis for close to 20 years now, when I think of the pros and why I continue to stay 2 things come to mind immediately: (1) the people - the dedication, positive attitudes, and commitment to excellence across the people I interact with each day is outstanding; and (2) the opportunities for development - for someone who takes an entrepreneurial mindset to the job and is willing to invest in themselves and seek opportunities, there is a continuing wealth of opportunities to be found. Other pros: engaged team members and management, good benefits, close to home (short commute, free parking, no real traffic), flexibility to work from home when needed

    Cons

    The biggest challenge in recent years has been the transition from Dayton being the primary center of operations to more of an international geographic footprint. This has meant very hard decisions - relocations, having to say goodbye to some outstanding co-workers, and a sense of job instability at times. On the positive side though, it also means broadening our horizons, bringing in exciting new talent and personalities around the globe, and potential new opportunities.

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2018-04-06
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Questionable practices hiding shoddy work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -The more recent hires were very friendly and passionate about their jobs. If given the opportunity you could tell they really wanted to make a difference. -Being on NC State's Centennial Campus means you're never more than a short walk or bus ride from coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, trails, or other fun locations. -The 401k match is strong. It starts at 5%, increases to 7% after three years, then to 9% after several more years. The vesting period is three years and is all or nothing. -Most teams are very flexible with schedules and remote work. It was common for people on my team to work from home 2-3 times a week and and so long as people were on for core meetings you could come in late or leave early if it suited your schedule. There has been a recent push by management to reduce this though. -If you're lucky enough to be on one of the more modern products then you do get to work with some interesting technologies that will help to pad your resume.

    Cons

    -While working here I regularly checked Glassdoor to see what other people were saying about the company. Several times while walking by HR I noticed that Glassdoor was pulled up on a computer screen. Within that same week there'd be a shiny new five-star review complete with corporate jargon. I'm sure it was just coincidence. Employees were also strongly encouraged to write positive reviews to boost the score. -Compensation is not in line with the rest of the industry. Salaries are below market. There are plenty of health insurance options but none are affordable. PTO is the standard three weeks unless you stay with the company for several years. HR also limits how much managers can give for raises or counteroffers so if you find a better paying job elsewhere, not a hard feat in this area, you might as well take it. -The office is made to seem much more modern than it is. Management has recently started cracking down on remote work and flexible schedules even though there aren't enough parking spaces onsite to accommodate everyone. During your onsite interview you'll surely be shown the fancy break room with it's arcade games and pool tables and wine cooler but what you won't be told is that employees are strongly discouraged from using any of these amenities during business hours. Even the semi-monthly fun events are typically held at the end of day on a Friday and done more so the company can post about it on LinkedIn than for the benefit of the employees. -Senior leadership only cares about the budget. Layoffs were constant. It seemed like every quarter some group somewhere had disappeared. There has been a gradual offshoring of many positions, particularly to the Phillipines. Even those who survived have often been forced to take pay cuts, either indirectly through no raises or directly like the 5% pay cut many in IT in Dayton were forced to take in December of 2018. What's interesting is that while all of this is happening the executives continue to collect their hefty paychecks and big bonuses. -HR is not your friend. They will lie to you to get you in the door, lie to you while you're here, and lie about you when you leave. In one town hall right before I left HR tried to dispute the claim from employees that there's a lack of career advancement by claiming a high percentage of promotions to leadership were internal. What HR left out is that in their math they included those in leadership positions who were moved to other roles. When adjusted for this information it turns out the employee concerns are correct. HR also protects leadership from any complaints while simultaneously forcing out those logging the complaints, usually by claiming poor performance. -Middle management doesn't seem do anything. Most are selected based on their ability to say "yes" to the senior team. There were several instances of employees with no experience or education in leadership or software development somehow being promoted into Software Engineering Manager roles in lieu of far more qualified colleagues. Management also tends to keep their own teams siloed so there's a lack of standards or common practices across the company and the few standards that do exist are terrible. Say for example that while working on a new feature you find a bug. If you find that bug in the dev region you log it in VersionOne. If however you find it in the QA region you use a tool built in-house 20 years ago to log something called a "WebTeam". If you find that bug during a release then you use a different tool built in-house 20 years ago to log something called a "WebStar". No one knows why this system exists or where these terms came from but it won't change because management has queries they use to pull metrics from these tools and they don't want to go through the hassle of the change. -There's no reason to go above and beyond here other than to gain enough experience to go somewhere else. Even the best performing employees in the company would end up one point higher on their reviews than the average worker and the difference in the raise would be at best an extra fraction of a percent. Most managers didn't even pretend to take reviews seriously. In my last year here I only had one-on-ones once every other month with my boss and my last review was only given through email. -Those hot new technologies being used are only within the modern products which only exist in LexisNexis because the company acquired them from startups. The company itself hasn't had a genius idea in years. Even if your team's product is exciting it all ends up going to LexisAdvance which is largely the same old backend but with a new yet somehow still ugly coat of paint. Since the advanced technologies tend to stagnate once absorbed into the LexisAdvance mire the bright minds that came with the acquisitions tend to quickly leave causing the products quickly fade to obscurity. Most of the success of LexisNexis is due to a monopoly on certain key legal documentation, a lack of competitors, and some shady sales activities. If you really want to know what customers are saying try googling "aall anti-competitive letter to LexisNexis" or look up what people think of LexisNexis compared to competitors like WestLaw. -The company claims to be agile but here is what happened with the agile transformation. Back in 2017 the senior team decided that the company should be agile but even though none of the leaders had any practical experience or knowledge of agile it was decided that coaches weren't necessary. Some tech leads within the company were selected, put through a one-day in-house training on agile, then forced to be scrum masters. It's really the same old tech lead role only with VersionOne and update meetings posing as scrums. Since the SMs are also tech leads they have too much say in day-to-day operations. There are product owners but really they're product managers and like the SMs they're given far too much power for the role. Throw in that "yes sir/ma'am" mentality and siloing by management and what you really have is semi-organized chaos. -The senior leadership team has openly declared that they don't think there's a need for QA. This caused a mass exodus of the strongest SDETs in the company which in turn meant that the work those SDETs were doing was dumped on the ones that remained so so the lingering QA are being overworked and unappreciated. The supposed plan by leadership is that devs will do all of the testing but the devs are already overworked so they don't have the time to do it and they aren't being given the training. Most don't want to do it either. The result is that the overall quality of the products is a mess. It seemed like every other week there was a new slew of production issues or bad releases. Leadership has kept a central QA group that's supposed to guide QA practices but without their strongest SDETs all the group does is enforce nitpicky guidelines on PRs that have no relation to code quality or test coverage, things like having an extra line of white space in a file or missing an arbitrary tag, or come up with ridiculous initiatives that never go anywhere like "run tests faster". -Senior leadership does do frequent town halls but it's always the same talking points about budget and customer index scores. Any questions from the employees are usually vetted by HR first and in the event that a meaningful question does slip through it's promptly dismissed with leadership claiming they'll take that question offline then never following up. Leadership also does frequent employee surveys but when pressed for more details they confessed that those surveys aren't truly anonymous, even the ones that they claim are safe. The excuse given is that certain details are being captured only for the sake of metrics and not for personally identifiable material but that seems doubtful at best.

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2020-01-27
  3. Helpful (38)

    "Too many goals, not enough focus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, work from home, smart people

    Cons

    Small merit raises, way too much bureaucracy, sending support offshore, cutting salaries

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-09-06
  4. Helpful (38)

    "Low Stress but Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time

    Pros

    Managers and co-workers are great! Nice job flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to other attorney jobs.

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-06-19
  5. Helpful (34)

    "Disconnects with Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vacation days. Work from home (where allowed).

    Cons

    Management no longer communicates important changes on a company wide basis, but leaves it to silos or VP level management to cascade, which they don't or forget. It is clear that management thinks the culture is one thing when the individual contributors feel another. People don't know what they are tripping over when given a "just do it" assignment because there is a lack of training and oversight of newer employees. Certain amounts of work just can't get done because of the turnover.

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-04-15
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Mostly Good but Room to Improve / Brutal in Tough Times"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, room to grow professionally, flexible schedule, can work from home when needed, good people, great retirement plan

    Cons

    Not great health insurance, office can be dull, senior mgmt can be brutal in cutting people & budget to hit short-term goals

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-05-01
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Good salary and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, PTO allotment Flexible work hours and able to work from home

    Cons

    Continuous reorganization and layoffs Lack of strategic message

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-04-30
  8. Helpful (39)

    "LexisNexis used to be a nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice to work from home

    Cons

    Company does not value its employees. Senior management out of touch. No place for advancement. No diversity. Most senior leadership is male.

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-04-25
  9. Helpful (35)

    "Oncce a great place to work. Now not so much"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of knowledgeable co-workers. Most managers are open to flexible hours and working from home.

    Cons

    After a recent change in upper management this place has gone downhill. Employees are told their pay raises are capped to 2.5%. No bonuses. Very few promotions while managers ask their best people to take on lead positions without offering them anything in return. Managers pay raises and bonuses are linked to employee reviews so employees are pressured throughout the year to give good reviews and are told their 2.5% raise is all the company can afford. Employee reviews involve no discussion of pay or compensation which they are told is controlled by HR. Upper management refuse to discuss pay and compensation at company meetings which they say is controlled by HR. Employees are misled to believe that HR is the sole controller of company money when it comes to pay and compensation. Upper management brags about saving money for the company which is directly related to their capping pay raises to 2.5%. Health benefits are horrible. You essentially pick from the ACA exchange. Company received a big tax break from recent tax law changes but didn't share any of it with employees. Management will ask employees to work overtime to get projects done and then after employees sacrifice to get the project out the door they're given little or no recognition. Developer tools are picked by management who are focused on reporting. Very little concern from management that the tool they pick actually makes the job harder.

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2019-02-08

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional Response

    February 14, 2019Director, Global Corporate Communication

    Thanks for taking time to write your review. There are many good things happening at LexisNexis. You’re right – the people here are great. They’re smart, enthusiastic and creative. They work hard to deliver everyday for our customers. Our managers make priorities clear and empower and trust employees to get their work done. And we have good work-life balance and flexibility. Generally speaking with regard to pay & promotion, most employees throughout the company are eligible to receive pay increases, promotions and annual bonuses when justified. These decisions are made first at the business unit level – what happens in one business unit may not apply at another, even if you operate out of the same office. Then decisions are informed by individual performance, current pay & market rates, business unit performance and the current business environment. Final outcomes will vary by employee. We do have recognition programs (including our Raleigh-specific “Leader of the Pack” awards). We offer competitive health benefits with a tremendous amount of choice from multiple providers at multiple levels, allowing you to match to your needs. We provide training in advanced technologies like machine learning, analytics and AWS and ongoing product development training. We offer state of the art dev tools intended to improve the caliber of work coming out of dev teams. Not everyone agrees or always likes the same tool, but our company works to balance tooling with the functional needs of a large enterprise. It’s worth noting that LexisNexis is a subsidiary of U.K.-based RELX Corp. In 2018, RELX was named among Forbes’ Most Innovative Companies. We have consistently invested in hiring great employees and developing employees in strategic areas of business growth to continue on this positive trajectory. If you have questions about your specific situation, please start a conversation with your manager or your HR business partner. Thanks again for writing your review and thank you for your service to our customers.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Legal Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Legal Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LexisNexis Legal & Professional full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Loved flexible schedule, I loved my coworkers, Benefits, Working from home 3 days a week.

    Cons

    More work than employees, lots of lay offs

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    LexisNexis Legal & Professional2018-08-21
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