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The Sheridan Group Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Great place to be an engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Boston team at Sheridan is fantastic -- full of smart, talented people. You will never be bored. Weekly architecture meetings are fast paced and free flowing and the best ideas rise to the top. You have the opportunity to develop all the way up (or down) the stack. You can work on everything from the UI to deployment tools, and everything in between.

    Developers are given a lot of authority in terms of design and implementation. A real meritocracy. I learned so much here!

    Benefits are good, flexible work from home or work remotely, extra time off around the holidays.

    Cons

    Client focused work can involve some back and forth, which has its own set of challenges, but ultimately isn't that big of a deal.

    Advice to Management

    Management actually cares about individuals, which is a nice change!


  2. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Editor II in Waterbury, VT
    Current Employee - Production Editor II in Waterbury, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management allows me to do my job and provides support when needed. Allows full-time telecommuting (for qualified individuals).

    Cons

    Not as much time off as at previous job (but better in practically every other way)

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not Employee Centred"

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    Former Employee - Production Editor in Waterbury, VT
    Former Employee - Production Editor in Waterbury, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful coworkers.
    Good location in central Vermont and good physical office.
    Work can sometime be interesting.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, about the worst available.
    Pay is just above minimum wage, and there is no overtime allowed.
    There is more work than time to do it, and you frequently have to work off the clock to get it done.
    Management is more concerned with insurance costs or with office cleanliness than with our concerns or input. Group leaders are overworked as well.

    Advice to Management

    You need to really listen to and engage with the staff. We understand business constraints, so stop treating us like children. We wand to work WITH you, not just FOR you.


  4. "Run Away"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Chelsea, MI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Chelsea, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None, management a mess and no raises, or incentives, complete chaos.

    Cons

    Read the pros, there is no more to add.

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Production"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time

    Pros

    My experience with upper management has been pleasant. They do seem to be making an effort to make the company more transparent.

    Cons

    Some of middle management is a concern. Promotions and advances in employment are promised, but never really provided. When it's time for a promotion group leaders have more sway than the should with the decision, and in my experience the decision is based on how well you get along with the group leader, rather than performance. Hard work can be overlooked, and personal favorites get all the recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow group leaders to inject their often biased opinions into decisions that affect the good of production and the company. This is a business that thrives on making its customers happy, and a happy staff will produce happy customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Production"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Dental and vision insurance. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    Not strong executive management in Waterbury. Overworked employees.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay valued employees, create more positions to relieve current employees, and be more involved and aware of day-to-day activities.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Cutting Corners Cuts Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, VT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You get to work with some great people with a wealth of industry experience.
    - The company is investing in technology and is working to create new programs to increase productivity and organization.
    - There is great potential for the company to be successful, if a few key things go right.
    - The schedules are relatively flexible. If you would like to come in a little early or a little late, you can adjust your start time with supervisor approval.
    - If you are a great and dedicated employee, they will let you transition into part-time telecommuting, and potentially full-time telecommuting. They will let you full-time telecommute with little-to-no experience if they are desperate enough.
    - They have regular visits from an ergonomics consultant and will buy you ergonomics products if you need them.

    Cons

    - The wages are low and the benefits are not great.
    - The ravenous desire for productivity has come at the expense of quality and customers are noticing.
    - Salaried employees are not given sick days and are told to not come in if sick, but will still be paid. Management uses this as an excuse to force salaried employees to work significant amounts of unpaid overtime. Hourly employees are not given sick days and do not receive pay unless they use a personal or vacation day.
    - There is very high employee turnover, which means an incredibly large amount of time is dedicated to training new people on very-specific, highly-skilled work. It also means there's a chance your favorite colleagues may not be around for long.
    - There are no annual cost-of-living adjustments to salaries. Merit-based pay raises are not guaranteed from year to year. Even the best employees barely get a raise much higher than the rate of inflation.
    - There are no end-of-year bonuses. The salary on your contract is the salary you (hopefully) get.
    - The Waterbury, VT location is in the middle of a small, highly-touted resort town. There is great dining and drinking, but the proximity to a number of ski resorts (which you probably cannot afford working here) drives up the price of everything. If you want to live in a town with reasonable housing and convenient entertainment and shopping options, it involves a 15- to 30-mile commute. It can be great during the summer, but the state blows through its plowing budget mid-January and winter doesn't end until late April.

    Advice to Management

    - Loosen up. The obsession with productivity has gone too far. The excessive tracking and talks from group leaders has done nothing but drive morale and productivity down.
    - The occasional snacks are a nice touch, but what your employees really want are better wages and benefits.
    - Please limit the all-staff meeting photos to local spots. While the president does take some great photos, most of us cannot afford the same luxurious vacations.
    - Adapt to the current job market's expectations before it leaves you behind. You have a computer-based workflow. Use it to your advantage and acquire the best talent across the country instead of taking on anyone willing to try and survive in Vermont.
    - The current employee turnover rate is not normal. You need to make some changes, fast.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nowhere but down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The remnants of a once great printer

    Cons

    Once good magazine printer now directionless and sliding downhill
    Poor upper management, not hungry at all and coasting on a shrinking market

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate people who make an effort to develop new business


  9. "Company satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Cutter Operator in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Cutter Operator in Hanover, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is generally a pleasant place to work. Most of the people are pleasant.

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes lacking and availability of overtime isn't always distributed fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and their concerns.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My worst professional experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Sheridan Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm honestly not sure of any. The environment was stodgy and dull, the people in charge aren't very competent in areas where they are supposed to be subject matter experts. The company expects extreme loyalty and if you inquire into compensation or promotion possibilities, people behaved as if they were personally offended.

    Cons

    This company went very far out of their way to hide the terrible financial trouble they were in, paid very low wages and had no appreciation for their employees. Some of the managers were basically abusive, and some of the directors were narcissistic. Unrealistic expectations for company outlook, employee expectations, and people were often fired for personal grudges.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can.


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