Cengage Reviews

Updated 7 May 2021

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Feel heard and valued"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Accessibility to upper leadership Feel valued Work Life Balance Good management Company culture

    Cons

    Need more consistent sales tools

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  2. "Sales"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time

    Pros

    Vibrant and employee friendly culture, visionary leadership

    Cons

    Here performance matters and thats also a positive


  3. "helper"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Office Helper 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cengage full-time

    Pros

    no pros for joining delmar

    Cons

    no salary for last 2 months

  4. Helpful (6)

    "Below avg. company"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Editor in New Delhi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice Salary and nothing else.

    Cons

    People with 3-4 years of experience in publishing becomes AGM. A production editor becomes Publishing Manager and doing Acquisitions. Favoritism and bootlicking are prevalent here. People with no market knowledge are made managers in the editorial department. No proper emphasis on the development of the book. Just publishing a high number of titles is the goal. Worst company to work for in terms of learning.

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  5. "Learned a lot, freedom to work, team work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Promotion Executive in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, Supportive Managers and staff

    Cons

    less chances to get a growth.

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  6. "Sales executive"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cengage full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Grass root management and titles are more from foreigner

  7. "Ultra-transparent company; great work life balance"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Digital Communications Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -I've never worked for a company so transparent about everything from the business strategy to the financial state of the company. The radical transparency starts at the top with our CEO, who leads weekly meetings on Zoom with all employees including "ask me anything" sessions where he answers the top up-voted questions on Slack (which can be anything on employee's minds). This candid mentality is something I've seen in my managers as well, I always know where I stand and how I'm performing and know how the business is doing. -Great work life balance -Everyone here cares about you as a person, and wants to help you succeed. Everyone is also really passionate about the education space, and is working here because they want to make a difference. -Cengage has a great professional development framework, with many opportunities for learning on the job. -Cengage has dedicated resources to I&D and inclusion and diversity is a big focus of the company.

    Cons

    -The publishing / edtech industry is in evolution, so strategies are always evolving.

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  8. "Transparent Leadership, Strong Culture, Ambitious Strategy"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Communications in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible transparency from CEO; employees empowered to challenge the status quo; constant test, try, learn, repeat. In my experience, the culture is very inclusive -- anyone with a view, suggestion or idea is encouraged to speak up no matter the role, team, level within the organization.

    Cons

    Ambitious strategy to reinvent education is not for everyone. If we want to impact learners, and help them improve their lives, we can't be complacent. As we continue to transform to best meet the needs of our customers, there will be continuous improvement efforts. This can lead to work / life balance challenges.

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  9. COVID-19

    "Transparent Leadership and Meaningful Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company leadership is thoughtful and transparent with the employees. Things got tough in the economy with the pandemic, but the leadership kept us in the loop of what was happening and started meeting with us weekly to keep a dialog going about leadership decisions that impact employees and the business. We're all dedicated to learning both for ourselves and for our customers. It's great to come to work everyday and know you're contributing to improvements in education throughout the world. Cengage's products are educational, but we're a technology company. Our technology teams implement agile methodologies. Since I have a background in IT project management, that's important to me.

    Cons

    Because we're a global company, team communications can be a challenge.

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  10. "Lots of Potential"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Content Creation Manager in Clifton Park, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cengage full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mindset, the people, the learning opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership is often blind to the fact that the staff they have on hand already could solve most of their business problems easily if they were given the opportunity

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