R.R. Donnelley Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated 9 August, 2014
Updated 9 August, 2014
439 Reviews

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Pros
  • Work/life balance is very flexible and the office is very casual (in 11 reviews)

  • needed a job the opportunity presented itself easy enough to learn good people that I (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • frequent rotational shifts disturbs our work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Unless you are "buddy buddy" with upper management you will not advance (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice but needs organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley as a contractor

    Pros

    I worked in the Atlanta creative office. The people are great. The location is great and the constant chic fil a coupons are a plus

    Cons

    Unrealistic views of what they are capable of. Project managers that have little experience in what it actually takes to execute a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promise more than realistically possible in the clients time frame and budget. More communication between PMs and designers before talking to a client so everyone is on the same page. Try to get the client to stick to the timeline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't care about quality, only deadlines. Horrible.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are always available positions

    Cons

    Unqualified upper management sit in cushy offices and look down on overworked employees. Horrible, horrible benefits. Health insurance was a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People, POOR Management

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very talented staff. Flexible on arrival times. Bring your child to work at your leisure, no one says anything

    Cons

    Management is outdated in their knowledge of technology. They do not care about their employees. Favoritism runs rampant. Originally a small boutique agency that does not realize they are now part of a large corporation. Overtime is expected as needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to use their skills and talents. Add more managers who are competent and allow them to do the jobs they have been hired to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Consulting Design Strategist

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    Former Employee - Consulting Design Strategist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Consulting Design Strategist in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Exceptionally nice people, wide variety of accounts, great equipment.

    Cons

    Company is a conglomerate that has grown by acquisition so efforts at collaboration between locations, and efforts at innovation seem very fragmented and inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    phase out individual company identities and unite around core values and more clearly delineated mission. You have tremendous expertise in the companies you acquire, but it is sequestered in too many silos. A more effective co-working system for the different creative divisions would help leverage more innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative Director

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    Current Employee - Creative Director  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You may have options of moving around the country if you talk with the right person

    Cons

    If a contract gets cut short your time is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teams need a perk, any perk upper management needs to care about the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    An expendable asset

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good coworkers, interesting work, mostly.

    Cons

    Big and very impersonal company. Try and make you feel "part of the team" until it's time to cut cost and you're discarded like a fast food wrapper. Then they get their branch in India to to take up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that PEOPLE work for you. My own supervisor was in tears we she told me that the upper mgmt folks told her to cut me loose. She had no say in the matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No HR... Managers all over country and oblivious

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    Former Employee - Creative Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Creative Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Global Company with "offices" all over

    Cons

    Poor leadership. No training at all. HR unresponsive and 1,000 miles away. This was easily the worst managed company I've ever worked for. To be fair, there are multiple locations and set ups, so they may not all be the same. The insurance was also horrible for such a large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of your employees whether at an FM site or concrete location deserve attention and care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The leader in a dying industry.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large company with lots of capabilities.

    Cons

    Almost too large, not nimble enough to respond to customer's needs compared to mom and pop competition. Upper management has no long term view, only short term goal of raising stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a long term (10+ years) view of the industry and invest there, not on short term gain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, everyone genuinely cares about each other and helps out.
    Great place to learn. Wide variety of work.

    Cons

    I'm not being paid what I think I should be, and we stopped getting merit increases two years ago. I can't say everyone isn't paid well. Just from personal experience. Be sure to start high, salary wise, when coming into the company. Their benefits are getting worse next year too (2013), from what I've heard, but I don't have their insurance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Educational

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Business Intelligence  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Business Intelligence in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Forward looking and dynamic subsidiary of RR Donnelley that focused on surveillance of mortgage backed securities. Exposure to the inner workings of some of Wall St's biggest players. Worked closely with a math genius that forced me to up my game significantly in that area.

    Cons

    Mature business intelligence environment that didn't need much attention, leading to severe boredom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was superior in how they interacted with team members, shared information, and provided guidance concerning future directions of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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