Wolters Kluwer

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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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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    Upper Management more interested in following Corporate direction than adapting to the market reality

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Systems in place are robust as a result of belonging to a large multinational corporation

    Cons

    Upper management have little real understanding of the end user/consumer/market
    Corporate trying to get a return on its investment after the acquisition- not people oriented
    No upward mobility
    Low employee morale
    Lack of corporate cohesion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promising Corporate that you will meet unrealistic goals that can only be attempted by subjecting the company to unreasonable amounts of work. Get to know your market and your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away - company stuck in past

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros that come to mind

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing and at the mercy of vendors
    Management extreme week
    Will be crushed by Internet and mobile wave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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