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Wolters Kluwer Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
621 Reviews
2.9
621 Reviews
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Wolters Kluwer Chairman, Executive Board and CEO Nancy McKinstry
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170 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable work-life balance depending on which division you work in and what time of year (in 51 reviews)

  • Work-from-home is offered (to some) as well as a flexible schedule (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management does not understand the products in their departments (in 33 reviews)

  • Intense pressure from senior management to meet aggressive goals (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Still keeping the bad eggs...management never changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PTO, great team members, coworkers and many great peers

    Cons

    Just let go the only manager worth working for. Really had higher expectations of positive change when Karen and Jess came in. Upper management continues to think that workers cannot see the writing on the wall, so they lie or claim future goals are ambiguous at best so they[management] cannot give more definitive answers. That just might work if all your workers were in their 20's with limited experience in corporate politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping the condescending, finger pointing managers that have no intention of ever looking for solutions, only problems. You're doing great. What we really love to hear is how we are less and less a part of your future corporate vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay

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    Current Employee - Account Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    good salary, good work-life balance, flexible work hours

    Cons

    No education, no promotion, not an entrepreneurial environment, I feel that WK sees their employees more as a cost then their capital (to invest in)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See your staff as the source of success, not a cost. Build your business from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    While the staff was very nice, I personally disliked working here very much.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly co-workers
    -Fun inter-office games, etc.
    -easy enough work

    Cons

    -bad atmosphere
    -poor training
    -bad inner-structure
    -tedious work
    -dealt with a lot of silly little minuscule tasks that took up way to much time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve structure and training. Really make sure everyone is happy and has things to do as well as fully understands what they are doing (not always the case with a lot of people). Really improve delegation and time management and workload. Some were crazy overloaded and some never had enough work. Also really need to work on communication within in the company. Also, dissatisfied with the atmosphere and environment. Found it an uncomfortable place to work and felt i neither learned anything nor was I being used to the extent of my abilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slowly sliding to the abyss, but could be averted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    1. Some people are allowed flexible schedules or to work from home on occasion.
    2. Many co-workers are good people, even if they are not people you want to work with or for.
    3. If you are close to marginal at your job and you work in the right area you won't be fired or laid off. That is a pro for you but not necessarily anyone who relies on you.

    Cons

    1. Huge disconnect between management and people in the trenches. Despite efforts to communicate issues on the ground, management largely ignores red flags and acts surprised when crap hits the fan down the road.
    2. Career advancement is stifled by tenured employees, small teams, lack of hiring and reliance on offshore contractors.
    3. Management pretends to care about employee feedback through surveys and meetings but their words and actions in response show disregard.
    4. Management relies on little advice to implement process changes they once scorned only to fully embrace them without effort to create buy-in or work with their subordinates for a smooth transition.
    5. Management is largely unaware of different ways to run a development department or the huge disconnect prevents adaptation.
    6. Management promotes skill advancement through words but not actions.
    7. The company is struggling financially and leadership has not outlined a clear path forward.
    8. No salary increase when promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on how to plan more fun activities and more on how to make the job more enjoyable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pass on this one - you won't find it a rewarding professional experience.

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    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company (is that a pro?), nice office, fair benefits (though health is not competitive), fair compensation. Convenient to transportation. Having trouble completing the 20-word minimum on "pros"...

    Cons

    Lot of turnover, politics, back-stabbing, a "boy's club" of insiders. Little room for professional development, lack of focus on the customer in lieu of empire building. A sweat shop with little, if any, recognition, so the reward is not commensurate with the overall comp package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump some of those middle and senior managers, they are toxic- you have to ask why there is so much turnover and a poor company culture.

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

    Short term thinking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    Generous vacation time, Decent 401 K profit sharing plan, Flexible schedule, engage employees, advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Short term thinking, overstretch resources, poor work life balance, gimmick management programs to motivate employees, no investment to grow productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow through with real changes, take time to know what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sixth Rate Company

    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart coworkers. Some editorial people are very knowledgable.

    Cons

    Top heavy management. Pay is not market rate. Benefits subpar. Lots of lifers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too focused on numbers, forgetting the employees make success possible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have a great training department and make various courses available to staff. Telecommuting is generally permitted one or two days a week and almost always during bad weather. PTO is generous.

    Cons

    Expectations are unrealistic, with more work than the available resources can handle. The "more is better" approach is the norm, rather than making sure it's the right approach and targeting the plan to that goal. A 24/7 work attitude prevails - evenings, weekends, vacations. Top management fosters a toxic culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to staff - get their input on how to make each department more efficient and effective. Look at processes and workloads and adjust both to focus on the highest priorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Be careful

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    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits, option to work part time from home.

    Cons

    Company culture and management. Most departments are severely understaffed, there is poor communication between departments and with vendors; senior management have created an atmosphere of finger pointing and blame; there is a lack of proactive leadership combined with reactive micromanagement when problems arise, and there are little to no performance increases unless you're senior management. In addition, with the exception of official "innovation" programs that are really tokens, managers do not encourage innovation or growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job if you don't want to be challenged

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Developers and designers are great people, hard working, and innovative. Compensation is okay (average or below average), however, the benefits and PTO are GREAT! Casual and flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Middle managers are horrible, brown-nosers, and not very knowledgeable or good at their jobs. They like to blame others when releases go wrong so they can continue to keep their jobs. Top management is volatile with turnovers every few years that cost a lot of the actual workers their jobs with frequent layoffs. Too many constraints and business requirements that are not user focused and lack innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's about the user, stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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