R.R. Donnelley Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
438 Reviews

2.7
438 Reviews
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R.R. Donnelley President, CEO, and Director Tom Quinlan III
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Review Highlights

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.  

    An experience that has exposed me to a new field of printing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The diversity of the company and the many services it offers makes it a strong competitor in a very sensitive market.

    Cons

    The size and structure of the company makes decision-making a very slow process. The absence of on-going skills training and cross company pollination at ground level creates contentment in the job function and stuns professional growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No future for this org

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    People and overall environment is pretty relaxed - typically manufacturing front office environment -

    Cons

    Benefits non existent, job ops and succession planning not there - Dying industry with minimal innovation - Poor upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting to survive is not a good strategy - must invest in the future of the company and employees to see sustainable growth and profits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think twice about employment at RRD

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    Former Employee - Typesetting Specialist  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Typesetting Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Can't think of any as there aren't any.

    Cons

    Large conglomerate that knows nothing about financial print; recently acquired premiere financial printer Bowne and decimated its client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some people who have experience in financial print. Update typesetting system to 21st century technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley

    Pros

    My performance was recognized by senior management which lead to career advancement and promotions.

    Cons

    Layoffs have become a common occurrance and therefore you never felt secure. No initiatives offered and employee morale has been down for several years. The corporate culture has changed to one with zero focus on employee development/growth, and one that is focused solely on the bottom line. Nepotism is apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Happy employees are productive employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Experience working in RRD

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Controller  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Controller in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work balancing
    Strong values and policies

    Cons

    Low allowance pay for US and UK shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work culture and good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, diversified business

    Cons

    slow growth, unrelated businesses in Asia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better focus on long term strategy and vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mature company in a mature industry

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at R.R. Donnelley full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Financially stable with a true global reach. The possibilities are endless with the right leadership.

    Cons

    It is a mature industry with a true corporate culture where all significant action is driven from the top. There is a lot of concern with what the company will become. There is a constant and focus on reducing cost and outsourcing functions which is stressful and dysfunctional to entire organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on straightening the company capabilities and future product offering. Improve employees engagement by including them in the building of the "New RRD". Less organizational focus on cost reductions and more on future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor IT systems and under resourced headcount made the work experience not so enjoyable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    The people were nice and I had a very positive understanding boss. Some interesting projects took place during my time here.

    Cons

    Poor IT systems and some convoluted workflow practices. The industry is in an older sector so not inspiring like newer industry sectors where I previously worked. The company runs on tight margins and is understaffed in certain departments leading to long work hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, crappy management

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    Former Employee - Proofreader  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Proofreader in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    The hours were flexible, especially helpful for someone going to school during the day. They have shifts all day and night, although the day shifts are reserved for those who have worked there the longest. The training was great (in my opinion, though I noticed others struggled a bit--older folks and those less comfortable with computers) and once trained you are thrown in with the rest. It's stressful at first but the shift leads are very helpful and always ready to share their knowledge.

    Cons

    The evening/night management was horrible. I felt like hiding whenever the manager came by even though I was a stellar employee. The manager made me feel like he would never be satisfied with your performance--kind of a twisted motivation technique which makes employees feel extremely under appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease off of the "never good enough, you may be fired tomorrow" tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.R. Donnelley full-time

    Pros

    150 year company, company programs

    Cons

    no growth, poor health benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train supervisors

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