EBSCO Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Good product, interesting technology, nice folks (except for mgrs)

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ipswich, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ipswich, MA

    Pros

    I liked the products, the people and the technology. EBSCO tends to hire mid- to senior- level folks who have performed their job for several years, OR they hire recent grads with H1B visas. These people work very hard to get the job done. I also liked the CEO. The man has vision and competitiveness, and he made money during the Great Recession. He also has a generous side, as you will see from the campus facilities at Ipswich - gratuitously beautiful.

    Cons

    I was not impressed by the management. The processes followed are very painful (the technology group keeps looking for a silver Agile bullet. The hoops to jump through!...) The process in some groups is more painful than in other groups. There are growing pains throughout the organization because the company is growing so fast. What is needed is to get back to basics - a committment to writing and maintaining designs and system architectures, a committment to designing lasting fixes rather than a hack. Also, EBSCO is not really committed to its people. You will be gone as soon as your current function is not valuable. In my years I actually heard multiple times, variations of this sentence: "Don't tell anyone else, but as of MM/YYYY, group ABC is going to be terminated."


  2. Great company, not without issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EBSCO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    EBSCO is a highly diversified company. It's hard to say exactly what EBSCO does because they have their hand in alittle bit of everything. That is a great thing because when the economy fluctuates, they aren't hit as hard. They also have great medical insurance where the cost goes down the longer you are with the company. One of the lowest in the area! They also have a great profit sharing plan. All in all, if something goes south with my current job, I'd be looking to go back to EBSCO.

    Cons

    I think the worst thing I saw was the upper management. They really seemed very disconnected from many of the teams/products that they oversaw. So much so that our team couldn't get the required infrastructure needed for our product, it nearly lead to the death of our product.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the strong benefits!


  3. Project Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EBSCO full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Independent Work environment

    Cons

    Pay could be better; terrible plant management; just wait until you resign...I trained my successor and still got shanked. Terrible to employees!!

    Advice to Management

    Value people!


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  5. Sr. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EBSCO full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  6. Graphic Artist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at EBSCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, yeah that's about it

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management lots of snitches and people poking in your business

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees it isn't always about dollar signs.


  7. Ebsco Publishing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic company. On-site amenities. Had semi-subsidized public transportation passes.

    Cons

    Didn't, at the time, hire part-time workers. Low salaries. Rapid turnover of personnel.


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    Diversified Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBSCO full-time

    Pros

    Large privately owned company in many industries and markets. Leader in many of the markets they serve. Strong executive management that is focused on sustainable profit growth, practices management by objectives and communicates clearly,

    Cons

    Can get lost in understanding all it's tentacles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the new management programs and improved communication.


  9. EBSCO is my home away from home

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBSCO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people that work here are great! EBSCO seems committed to providing above average health care options while keeping costs as minimal as possible. That is tough now days.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than similar positions at other companies.


  10. Recommended

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Business Analyst in Rowley, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Business Analyst in Rowley, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBSCO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company, good benefits, recommended.

    Cons

    Some older members need to embrace change

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  11. CSR

    Former Employee - Csr1 in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Csr1 in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EBSCO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has been around for a long time with a very diverse set of industries represented.

    Cons

    I really didn't seen much room for advancement.



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