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Pros
  • Good People, very professional organization (in 3 reviews)

  • Office location in downtown Baltimore was great location (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management didn't really care about their employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Demands for long hours to be worked in addition to mandatory overtime without overtime due to being salaried and no mention of comp time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Used to be a good place to work."

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

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to advance and work in different departments.

    Cons

    Training programs and resources were gradually eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Work together.


  2. "So glad they laid me off!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Hamptons at Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Hamptons at Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy job, just too much detail. The benefits are what kept me there so long.

    Cons

    Way too much team work and micro management. Loads of meetings. The company started to fail and installed a software system in place to count the amount of time it took to do this job and that job and it was a job within a job. No one did it accurately, sad to say. We were forced to do it even though it was not part of the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees do their work and try not to hover too much.

  3. "Some of my best working years were at Vertis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I joined the company in 1999, management would leave technical decisions in the hands of the development team. We could choose what tools we used, what new technologies we could incorporate into our software.

    Cons

    After around 2006, we went thru a lot of restructuring due to bankruptcies and things went downhill from there. Large paycuts, forced furloughs, temporary removal of vacation came soon after that and morale was very low

    Advice to Management

    They were taken over by Quad Graphics in 2013 and so no advice is necessary


  4. "The IT team and leadership was great but overall the company was in bad hands.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IT Leadership, the team and work life balance

    Cons

    The senior management did not have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.


  5. "all work no pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Material Handler in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Material Handler in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the company produces a quality product. Plenty of room for promotions through hard work and ethics. Management is understanding for the most part.

    Cons

    pay is low for all positions below management. process and structure need a lot of improvement. shifts are not managed well.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than just try to make it through the day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bled the employees out over the course of 5+ years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chalfont, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chalfont, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Plenty of overtime available in my facility.
    -Lots of positions available within the company.
    -Relatively easy to get promoted.

    Cons

    -Terrible management/upper management.
    -Froze all raises for 5+ years after a 6% pay cut leaving us years behind.
    -No sick days
    -If you haven't worked there for 20+ years, don't expect to make more than $17-$18/hour if you are an hourly employee

    Advice to Management

    Get out on the floor and learn about what is really going on.


  7. "The Exton plant was a fantastic place to work"

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

    I worked at Vertis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Exton, Pa plant was a fantastic place to work, we worked like a team/family and had many long-term employees

    Cons

    Our Corporate office ended up closing the plant due to losing our biggest customer, which, in our negotiations with this customer, our "corporate negotiators" really left a bad taste in the mouths of our long-term customer. Being owned by investors it seemed it was only a matter of time before we were sold or closed.

  8. "Don't Quit Your Job to Come Work Here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a job. It pays some of the bills. I enjoy working with the people in my department. Benefits are mediocre for a large company.

    Cons

    Let's see, I've been here for over 5 years and have nothing to show for it. My pay is embarassing considering I have a degree. No raises in 4 years (after a paycut during the first year) and they advertise a 401k plan, but there is no company match and it will never come back according to a recent company-wide meeting. Don't be duped into thinking that Vertis has all the typical perks that other companies have! Senior management said raises are back, but I have yet to hear anyone get anything. We're losing accounts left and right because you have incompetent people handling the accounts, passing bad information all the way down to the operators. Employee morale is at an all time low. Every month, a member of senior management is gone "to pursue other endeavors", which means quit voluntarily or I'll fire you. It's a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Let's see what this new round of senior leaders will do to take Vertis back to black. There's a lot of waste going on, they just need to acknowledge it.


  9. "Management changed so frequently, not in touch with employees history and contributions to the company. Doesn't matter."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay was above average. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    Declining industry. Top heavy management.

    Advice to Management

    Give more empowerment to employees to do their jobs and allow more opportunity to present feedback. Allow more training opportunities for employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not out of the woods - a "do or die" Q3 and Q4."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chalfont, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chalfont, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have great products and good pricing. The IT infrastructure is outdated but the processes can support the business.

    Cons

    Vertis can't seem to shed the burden of all the debt. Confidence is running scared as another series of job cuts are hitting sporadically. No raises in 3 years is crippling.

    Advice to Management

    The revolving door is numbing. No one is accountable long enough to get on solid footing. How do you attract any talent without stability and a reward system.


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