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Updated January 24, 2017
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  1. "Wishing the best to my former colleagues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time

    Pros

    Best combination of work challenges and great colleagues under one roof.

    Cons

    Print industry continues to wither and the packaging industry is over-served by too many suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    Wish I were you


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were smart, talented and wonderful people. Flexibility if you have an understanding manager.

    Cons

    Surprised to find out on day one that there were zero sick days and no earned vacation until after one year. Cuts and downsizing so often I lost count. Leadership at QuadTech put their trust in outsiders who had no regard or respect for the existing talent and experience within its own four walls. The president would adopt organizational processes like the flavor of the day. Benefits and culture after Quad/Graphics went public were abysmal. Both QG and QT often grabbed at straws, trying to get into other related businesses in order to stay relevant in the constantly shrinking print industry. Increasingly hard to drink the kool-aid... the company Harry V. Quadracci created is long gone.

    Advice to Management

    Promote an environment of idea sharing and straight talk without the culture of fear. See through outsiders that come in and make changes when it's obvious to employees that they are there for themselves. After downsizing, truly do things different... don't pile more jobs on the people that remain.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Painful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a company Quadtech provides a lot of benefits to their employees. Affordable food onsite, annual picnics, childcare, onsite healthcare facilities, onsite gym, and basketball courts. The corporate culture founder Harry V. Quadracci started within parent company QuadGraphics are a testament to the man as a leader, and every employee at the company would agree as he is mentioned often to this day in daily conversations at the company.

    Cons

    Middle management. Threats of layoffs and a reactive work environment that stifles innovation. Job description changes without reason. No hope or consideration for advancement unless you take it upon yourself to get a higher level education, which you will be told to your face by your supervisor. No tuition reimbursement. Expect to see co-workers crying due to stress from leaders that simply have no business in leadership roles or the social skills necessary to empathize with their peers. Theoretical standard operating procedures are implemented by leadership that don't work in the real world are stubbornly maintained by middle management. Employees left unaccountable for their area of expertise while they are micromanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. When they tell you something isn't write ask them how they would fix it.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "QuadTech - Could be better, could be worse."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    QuadMed medical coverage is decent and not too expensive.
    In-house cafeteria is pretty good.
    Interesting work at times.

    Cons

    Everyone is required to wear uniforms.
    401k matching is low and not guaranteed.
    Used to have profit sharing, but have not seen it in years.
    Vending machine prices are outrageous.
    Officially, salaried employees do not have sick days.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Will miss people, not industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time

    Pros

    Made great friends while there, who I am sure will remain life long friends. A lot of freedom to work hours that fit my schedule. Worked on a wide variety of products.

    Cons

    Print industry has been contracting since early 2000's so QT was never growing or expanding while I was there. Never new positions created to move up into. Attitude of employees has been increasingly more sullen / downtrodden since the company went public.

    Advice to Management

    Employees think bean counters make all the decisions these days and there is little concern for employees anymore. Not sure how that perception can be changed, but it needs to if they want to avoid having more people jump ship.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are engaging and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Colleagues are frustrated as the company resizes to current sales.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good People. Bad Upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People. The worker bees are good people.

    Cons

    Upper Management has no clue and only have one tool = layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Follow the core Quad values.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place to stimulate a creative and caring culture. No idea was a bad idea. You respected your co-workers and they respected you. If you didn't screw up, you weren't trying hard enough. You felt like an owner and had some input on things that were going on.until the mother company went Public.

    Cons

    The mother company, Quad/Graphics went public. Quad/Graphics bought World Color and Vertis to enlarge their customer base. They inherited a customer base, but also inherited run down buildings with run down presses and workers with terrible work ethics. This was a recipe for disaster. The once thriving company is starting to nosedive and laying people off.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than promoting from within, you brought in people from the outside that taxed the company and are bringing it to it's knees. You forgot that the employee culture made the company what it was and you took that away. You are like the emperor with no clothes.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Get out before you turn 40!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package is okay, but no longer special. If you're new to the company, you will be given the reins when you walk in the door. But after the first year, you become the problem. Sussex (headquarters) is a nice town.

    Cons

    Layoffs are very frequent. Every holiday season you get to wonder if you'll have a job next week. The industry is in a decade-long recession, and QuadTech compounds the problem with unbelievably bad leadership. The creative and innovative people who once made it great have either been moved out or put on a shelf. Age discrimination starts in your 40s. Management flails away at new strategies every year, with no results. They bounce between barely profitable and losing money year after year. The profitable years are because they slash staff and don't give out raises. In late 2014, it became the most political and scheming place to work I've ever witnessed. New managers are brought in, work their evil, then move to another company in a year or three, leaving everyone else to hold the bag. Over and over and over.

    Advice to Management

    You have no business running a business. You wouldn't take advice, unless it's from a management book or seminar. You have no trust in the people who know what they're doing, and put your faith in smooth talkers from outside the company.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Once led the way, now lost in the woods."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at Quad Tech for more than 10 years. Great people, flexible schedule if you need it. Ability to be involved in newest technology. Attempting to break into a new market.

    Cons

    Company has not done anything new in years. Shrinking portfolio. Re-branding of old products. Industry contraction isn't helping. Becoming a public company made it worse. Acquiring products from businesses that have gone under and wondering why they do not sell with a new name with no improvement.. Even the parent company will not commit to the products. Mediocrity is the norm (good is good enough). Salaries are below market (used to be offset by the benefits, which now are middle of the road). Raises are not performance based and low (1% avg) and that is passed off as acceptable. Advancement is null. Layoffs have cut the company in half. People are worried and unhappy. A lot of talented people let go, more are leaving as the economy is stronger and those who are left are in chaos. Lots of talk, no action.

    Advice to Management

    Make the changes that everyone seems to know need to be done, empower your employees to step up. Instead of cultivating a culture of fear for trying. That starts by removing those who are causing that fear. Lead.



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