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Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Wolters Kluwer

Pros

Large company, good benefits, opportunities for advancement if you change your specialty. They have worldwide offices and appeal to the highly skilled marketing person. They have a lot of little perks, like company-sponsored lunches and parties. Their health benefits are above average both in what is covered as well as out-of-pocket cost to employees. They have a fairly generous profit-sharing program, based on a percentage of annual salary. They only require a 37.5 hour workweek and pay most technical employees an annual salary. They offer 24 days of vacation (the parent company is Europe-based so they follow the European idea of lots of 'vacation' time) for new salaried employees.

Cons

Large company doesn't really feel loyal to employees, although they expect absolute loyalty upwards. They are currently in a situation where the parent company, Wolters Kluwer, is demanding a fairly high return on investment; the last year I worked there it was 18%, which is very difficult to maintain in their market segment. They have twice (and, I understand, yet again) cut positions or, in my case, out-sourced positions to fatten the bottom line to try to meet their goals. They also do not give very much feedback to employees regarding contemplated employment changes. For example, in December I was told my job was safe, and in January it was out-sourced.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More loyalty to employees, especially older, more experienced employees.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stability of a large organization meets flexability of market focused busines units - great place for change leaders!

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    Flexability and ooportunity to contribute. Wolters Kluwer is a very large orgnization, however they are strucutured into smaller market focused business unit. There are differences in culture from one business unit to the next. The financial services unit is great place to be if you are market focused and like to effect change. This unit has proiven over the past couple years that it is nimble and flexiable enough to respond to market conditions and change in ways that make the most sense for the business.

    Cons

    Large organization that can be difficult to understand and navitgate at corporate level. However, consolidation fo information sources is making this easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WKFS has made a lot of progress this year in creating an environment of collobration between business units, keep this up! Senior management must continue to show a high level of support as well as provide the resources needed to execute well on initiatives.

    Recommends
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Abandon hope all ye who enter here

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    You need a paycheck and you don't have any other options. Of course, some of the businesses are better run than others, for example, the US tax business is more successful and better run than many of the other US businesses.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of strategy, decisions based on politics not business, crumbling infrastructure, unable to innovate or execute competently on even the biggest most well-funded projects. This company is not just left behind by the competition, even our customers are innovating better and more rapidly with their own content and they are not professional information companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rationalize the business, understands what customers need and what others in the market are offering, hire people who have the skills and ideas to get things done and visibly support their efforts with words, decisions and funding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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