Wolters Kluwer

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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.

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company, but easy to fall into a stagnation trap

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Cloud, MN

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    WKFS is a typical very large company. They pay is competitive for the area. The environment is steady, not much confusions about what your job is. A lot of maintenance work on very old products that still are doing well in the marketplace. Keep your head down, do you work and you'll be fine and get a decent paycheck. There is a decent catered in lunch everyday. The people are generally friendly. The benefits are good, they give you an above average 4 weeks of vacation from the day you start. Seemed to me to be a generally well run place.

    Cons

    WKFS is a typical very large company. There are a variety of people with different skill levels who work there, but lot of them are people who are looking for their steady paycheck and have stagnated in terms of career advancement. It is very easy to get stuck in a niche job and stay there for years. Their system for evaluating employees seems to change every year. I got the sense management simply had no idea which of their employees were quality, high skilled people and which were cubicle drone dolts. A large new software development project seemed to be floundering because no one really knew its purpose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your existing products. Eliminate new software development, or try to aggressively build a small team of high quality software people.

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  2. 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.

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