Thread regarding Cengage layoffs

Cengage doesn't value you

So many years I gave to this company, working late, overtime, from home, through breaks and lunches, furthering my education, and moving up to be let go right before the holidays. I really hope that the ones left do not make the same mistake I did in thinking that Cengage valued me and my hard work and I would not be let go. The people making these decisions know nothing about you, your family, or the sacrifices you have made for that company. Get out while you can while there are still decent jobs left to choose from within stable companies.

Well said, @120dnVuf-4oxl. This needed to be on top.

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Cengage doesn't value people because Cengage doesn't value its own brand. It's like a beater car on blocks being used for spare parts to restore the nicer car that's in the garage. They'll keep some IP, customers, and the most loyal sheep of the flock.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-7ilg

I do not understand why people think, or expect, companies to be loyal to them as employees. This is a capitalistic society. Money rules and employees are just that. They are people employed to make the company money. The company is the ruler – the ones at the top are just as replaceable as the plebs at the bottom. Loyalty is gone, as technology and telecommuting has opened up an entire global talent pool. Education is not dying, BUT this behind-the-times thought process is. Cengage is late to the game, in a lot of ways. They haven't diversified their offerings enough to stay relevant across markets.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-3uen

how many people were laid off?

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-2mlz

Oops meant below poster.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-2tna

And profits are always over people. Above poster must have been a humanities major.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-2rnk

BWAHAHAHAHA Contact Bernie and Pocahontas....good one! They don’t care you do realize that? The Cengage saga happens a million times over in business. It’s not the first company to be ruined by bad decisions made at the top. The real tragedy is the employees who gave Cengage their best and believed in what they were doing and now have nothing to show for it thanks to CU.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-2zvx

We need to inject the abuse we receive from careless execs and private equity into the political conversation. Cengage claims to have progressive values...but how progressive is it to put profits over people in the name of private equity? It's time to start a movement! Contact the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren campaigns and share your stories!!

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1yxh

The only ethical way I suggest good people ‘stick it to a company’ is to take full, frequent advantage of their tuition reimbursement programs while you are there. To make yourself more marketable for a better job elsewhere.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1izl

This Cengage pity party must be hilariously entertaining for any competitors reading this. No wonder they are laughing at you! You are providing SNL material for their enjoyment. Cengage and Hansen are like every other corporation these days that exist first to enhance shareholder value. It's this way everywhere. Maybe you guys needed this wake-up call.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1lql

The ceo and executives fed us the kool aid and we followed their lead believing CU would be a success yet here we find ourselves in this ridiculous position. Hanson and friends have zero credibility at this point and it’s a given if you don’t like it you can quit, it’s the easy way out of any struggle, just walk away with your tail between your legs. Or you can take action and bring the struggle to them, resist the lies, resist the directives, reject the kool aid and while you’re searching for new digs go ahead and drop a few monkey wrenches into the machine, they’re pretty much grinding your face in it at this point since they know you’re weak and afraid of losing your precious job. Resist this tyranny in any way you can.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1uaw

Except ... Cengage employees know well their companies reputation. Even newer-hires know that regular, often twice-per-year reorgs and changes in direction are the norm for this company, rather than the exception.

Why, then, all of the angst? The outrage, the pain, the call-to-arms?

You knew this was coming, I knew this was coming - anyone perusing Glassdoor ratings for Cengage knew that a reorg was coming, because reorgs are always coming within this company.

I do get that it s*cks to be laid off. It happened to me at Cengage, too, and I actually WAS caught by surprise because Hansen and Company had just taken over. I'm certainly not without empathy for folks losing their positions now. BUT let us all agree - and let this serve as yet another warning for those who remain at Cengage - go ahead and put in that extra effort, work that overtime, grind out that extra week on the road, pursue an education or a relocation for professional-side reasons - do it all, bust your gut, lose time with your kids - but do it knowing that, when the chips are down, your number may be up and when it does, nobody knows your name.

Cengage will provide a regular (too low) paycheck, a (way too expensive) health care plan, a regular vacation schedule. If you are in sales, they will kick in a car and a laptop and a cell phone. They will also provide you with a feel-good "reason for being" - you are going to feel like you are working for the most special company doing the most amazing things for today's learners.

But at the end of the day, do know that all of the above is temporary and that you WILL one day lose your job and all of the above without warning - it's just a matter of when. To the OP - you did all of the things you did knowing the Cengage rep. I am sorry it was you this time, but let us please not pretend you had no idea this might be coming.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1cfe

Not only do they not care, they look down their nose at you. I worked many trade shows attended by MH and other senior execs and will never forget how they acted like we didn’t even exist. MH would rudely brush past us every day without even bothering to greet us. Unless you’re one of the chosen elite, the people who lead this company hate you.

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Post ID: @125CVBcB-1dkl

Truth

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