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  • "In some cases, they even created "new positions" for people who were personal friends with upper management(in 73 reviews)

  • "Years after emerging from bankruptcy the talk is still about starting over(in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Aggressively Transitioning Its Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Cengage full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Cengage is committed to an aggressive transition away from traditional educational publishing to student-focused technology based learning provider. As a result, it is a receptive environment for young technology focused professionals. Anyone with experience in Learning Management Systems, Adaptive Learning, Educational App Development, Instructional Design etc... will be valued and have an opportunity to progress. ...

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    Cons

    The educational marketplace is in turmoil with textbook sales plummeting, Cengage Learning, along with its competitors, continues to undergo major cost reduction efforts as it manages its transition to a technology company. As a result, there are periodic cycles of significant layoffs as it reduces its focus on traditional publishing and it continues to outsourcing many functions.

    Cengage2017-01-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good work with many challenges"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Challenging, innovative work; great products Great staff in the trenches

    Cons

    Quality of work is lost due to demanding deadlines and lack of resources Long-time staff constantly wondering if today is the day of the next layoff

    Advice to Management

    Promote all products and areas of the company

    Cengage2019-05-12
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Love the people at Cengage"

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    Current Employee - Senior Content Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The people. The continuous challenges. Opportunities.

    Cons

    The only constant is change. Which can be a good thing, but there's been change bordering on turmoil and upheaval in the past 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    While employees understand the need for change and improvement, constant RIFs and layoffs, as well as the closing of a large office (San Francisco) make employees feel that Cengage is an unstable environment. As a result, a lot of good and talented people leave to try to "beat the next big layoff." Some terrific talent has been lost. Isn't there a better way to try to realign the good people, move them into other necessary...

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    Cengage2019-04-17
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone is friendly. Great culture.

    Cons

    Might lose my job due to merger in 2020

    Cengage2019-05-03
  5. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoy every day"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Independence, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Pros are pay, community, recognition, location.

    Cons

    Office space is the only con

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Cengage2019-05-02
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Constant growth, people is in constant challenge.

    Cons

    Unexpected changes, that creates confusion

    Advice to Management

    They are doing fine

    Cengage2019-05-02
  7. "A really great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great mission and the great people!

    Cons

    It could be under pros, depending on your character, but it is a very complex world!

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about people in addition to delivery.

    Cengage2019-05-03
  8. "Great company!!"

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    Current Employee - Strategy Analyst in Boston, MA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, lots of paid time off.

    Cons

    Resources needed to do job lack at times.

    Cengage2019-04-30
  9. Helpful (4)

    "RUN AWAY as fast as you can"

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    Current Employee - Senior Learning Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    casual work attire, the K-12 team is awesome

    Cons

    Too many to list but I'll try. For an ed-tech company their tech sucks. Nothing works right and none of the systems integrate. There are re-orgs every other minute. If you have a few years under your belt with them they'll find a way to manage you out because they don't want anyone around making a decent salary. By the way the purpose of Cengage Unlimited is to get market share and also get rid of their entire sales...

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    Advice to Management

    Shame on you for treating your legacy employees the way that you do. Your young and fresh new talent are just shiny objects and they will assist you in running this company into the ground.

    Cengage2019-05-10
  10. "Love Cengage!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, great people, room for career growth.

    Cons

    Low-ish salary sometimes but you can always look for internal opportunities

    Cengage2019-04-29
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