ProQuest Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
45 Reviews
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45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Student Trainer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Student Trainer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at ProQuest as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is fair, competent and smart in every way that I observed.

    Cons

    It is hard to get into this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Another management clear out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Interesting products.
     Dedicated middle level and lower level employees

    Cons

    Executive management changes direction every 18 months
    Targets are impossible to achieve
    Silos, silos silos
    Current executive team don't know the business and are from different industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems PCQ lost decent executives 2 years ago and put in the "new regime". Now that " New vision" has been seen to be incompetent. The guys 2 years ago were on top of the business. I wonder if it will be a back to the future situation. It looks like the CEO is trying to save his own skin while the rest of the company lurches from crisis to crisis. Fire HR VP and get someone who understands the business. Kill the politically poisonous environment. You've tried recruiting your management team from Lexis and that got you no where as theyre all gone now. Time for a plan B

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay, nice vacation package

    Cons

    upper level management turnover is a lot and may have a negative effect on some positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try a new retention program that slows turnover....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, nice people, free coffee, great research tools.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much work to do and too little time to do it in unless to cut back on your family time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Econtent Editor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Econtent Editor in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and friendly environment

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility and limited input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate some of the dozens of "vp's" and place more investment into revenu producing positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work, especially for people who work with higher education markets.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customer focused, strong content, innovative solutions

    Cons

    Has trouble integrating new companies/products into its' portfolio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment for young working adults

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Accountant in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment and dress code.

    Cons

    There isn't much emphasis on staff level input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more internal growth development and reward the internal promotions as opposed to paying more for external new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice, but going nowhere fast...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low stress, leave-work-at-the-office gig. Can wear headphones most of the day. Dress code is super, super lax; you'll see everything from smart business casual to sweats and sneakers. Pretty generous vacation time (lots of newer people just got a whole additional week for next year.) Insurance covers same-sex/domestic partners. Nice, new-ish office interior, if you're lucky enough to not be stuck in the basement. The free coffee isn't half bad.

    Cons

    Positions requiring a university degree and analytic/writing/coding skills pay just a few bucks more than retail -- pretty demoralizing. Can be an isolating environment. So many people have worked here together for 15-20 years that things are pretty set in stone, socially. Little real collaboration so it's tough to get to know anyone. Still better than covering a circulation desk if you're a new LIS grad, but if you're young, want to make work friends, go to happy hour? Probably not the place for you.

    (Oh, and if the pet 'insurance' seems like a cool, Google-esque perk, don't be too excited -- it's a discount program that's basically useless.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a real mentoring/career development program for lower-level employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of many that lost my job

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    Current Employee - Technology - Development in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Technology - Development in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people (some) are the reason you want to work at this company. Very dedicated despite the roadblocks put in their way. A convenient place to work in Ann Arbor.

    Cons

    Absolutely no job security. Never know when or where you may get let go. There have been so many good people that have lost their jobs. It is like a revolving door. Not a good place to work if you want job security. The technology group is very territorial and will not share knowledge. The technology leads attend all the meetings and keep information guarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better. When new management comes in (latest CEO) major workforce reductions were put in place. Very dedicated people lost their job because a savings was dictated - let 40 people go. This meant long term dedicated people were released, and no fault of their own. The press release was a joke, saying these people would be replaced by highly paid, high level positions, such as director and up. This has yet to happen. The people that were left are still picking up the pieces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A decent company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at ProQuest full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are trying very hard to recruit quality talent. There is a limited opportunity to grow. The people are what really make ProQuest special.

    Cons

    They do not value existing talent as much as they should. Layoffs and job reductions. Senior Leadership is very disconnected from the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting jobs is not the correct way to save money. Responsible spending is. Reward those who stand by you for years. Value their time and effort to build your company, especially since many of them have been there longer than the SLT combined.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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