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Incompetent leadership with inflexible middle management

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

Pros

- OK place to start learning
- Benefits are above average

Cons

Anyone worth their salt has already left or is planning on leaving. There are several reasons for this:

- Unfair compensation: Some get wonderful salaries while others are left to feed on the scraps.
- Cowboy coding culture: The only way anything gets done on time is if someone steps up and works 60+ hour work weeks to finish it. Even then, requirements are incomplete and make no sense. Usually when I asked a BA a question to clarify the business' intentions their answer was simply 'I don't know' with no attempt to figure it out. This is a company that wants to be (even claims to be!) agile, but in reality uses the waterfall software development lifecycle.
- Management has no clue: The attitude at WKFS is: If it's not working, lay off the entire middle management, then hire one CTO and have him hire his friends. The new CTO then proceeds to 'shake things up' resulting in the exact same mismanagement. This cycle happens every few years.
- NIMBYism. 'But that's how we always did/do it!'. No one is willing to change and is overly protective of their jobs/area of work.
- Products/features customers do not want or need. I worked on one product for which this company had sunk literally millions of dollars into and yet after several years, had no customers for. Instead of taking the loss and writing it off as a failure, they attempted to 'integrate' it into other products sinking even more money into stuff no client wanted or asked for.
- Very slow moving. Change happens incredibly slowly for all the reasons previously state.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop trying to fix everything yourself and get some outside help. Current leadership is completely ineffective at fixing anything. Lay off the people who've been there for 40+ years and refuse to change. Adapt or die at the hands of Thompson Reuters.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A good starter job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits, lots of PTO which you will need, casual work environment. WK is a pretty good company to work for and has lots of inside opportunities.

    Cons

    WK as a whole is alright but the smaller divisions are subject to frequent policy and leadership changes. Leadership is not responsive to you improving yourself, even though they say they are. Raises are not satisfactory and good employees are not appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management, please evaluate your middle management, they are driving your good employees away!

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  2. Right out of school, this place allowed me to grow and excel as a sales person

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Start up attitude was exciting and allowed for a motivated seller such as myself to grow, learn and capitalize on a lot of opportunity. It was and is a great product and is rewarding to work in a field that helps people receive better healthcare.

    Cons

    Management change during the acquisition led to a terrible sales structure and wasn't fostering an environment that would lead to success. They weren't compensating sales properly and that was leading to dissatisfaction and no identified career path for sales growth.

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