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ProQuest Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
52 Reviews
3.4
52 Reviews
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Kurt Sanford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has respect for your work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people and friendly environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Typical raise pool was in line with cost of living adjustment (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management is out of reach, regardless of how hard you work it is not recognized (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy to be affiliated with the company so far. Dynamic environment with interesting challenges.

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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

    Good benefits and nice office, reasonable work / life balance, smart people working on good projects.

    Cons

    Like many mature and reasonably-sized companies, there can be a siloed departmental culture, but it is nothing worse than I have seen at other similar companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    - Fascinating industry with various services so there's always something new you can work on
    - Great work/life balance
    - Good PTO time
    - Good 401(k) match

    Cons

    Too many unneeded leadership positions makes it hard to know who should be addressed with issues or new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate unnecessary Senior Vice "..." positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    perks are ok, university town.

    Cons

    no work life balance ( depending on the team you are working ). In some teams It is expected that you work long hours and weekends. no scope for promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been a good company to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ProQuest

    Pros

    Good company to work for; been around a long time. Good benefits

    Cons

    Top heavy organization, upper management is all about making themselves look good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell them what they want to hear

  6.  

    Decent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I'm in the Seattle office, which is a great location with smart people. Our benefits are solid, work-life balance is terrific, no micromanagement of hours/face time, and I like what I do. My manager supports professional development both in word and in deed. This is a company for self-accountable, emotionally intelligent people. I've seen some good decisions on cutting unnecessary spending in favor of funding important products that need to be built.

    Cons

    Still some whiners and people who seem to think the company should tend to their every whim and desire. Hopefully the roll-up-your-sleeves and get stuff done culture will win out over that behavior. Definitely a level of undesired turnover and leadership churn, but I'd rather see the company address underperformers and be nimble enough to drive their strategy than retain people who don't want to (or should not) be here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on solidifying the culture and getting the best leaders in place to drive strategy. Exit the whiners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, opportunities for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    One of ProQuest's strongest qualities is that the company manages to retain many aspects of a small business despite being characteristically mid-sized at ~1600 employees. This includes access to executives for folks at the analyst level, and true flexibility in workflow & problem solving - if you don't like the way a certain process is handled you are empowered to improve it.

    Pay is competitive for SE Michigan, benefits are good, products are interesting and unique, and the culture is academic in nature.

    High performance is recognized, with the caveat below in cons.

    Cons

    Limited top-line growth creates a glass ceiling for many employees. It's not enough to perform well if you're looking for a promotion - you need to speak to your ambitions in order to receive recognition in the form of a promotion.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thanks to the leadership, the early years were creative and productive, but in recent years, management stifled all that

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ProQuest full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of smart, capable and pleasant people in all the offices, and with decent benefits and salaries, but the best opportunities in terms of job growth and promotions are mainly confined to the Ann Arbor HQ office. The products produced, especially the long-established ones, are of high quality and well-regarded by the customers, which contributes to a positive pride-in-product attitude among the employees.

    Cons

    If you are not in Ann Arbor, having your opinion seriously considered is challenging. Independent thinking and calculated risk taking are not encouraged and when they occasionally are, they usually get mired in over-engineered project plans and too many rounds of meetings. The lack of an official compensation time policy especially for those that have to travel, fosters the idea that management does not trust their work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the management hierarchy, especially at the higher levels, so decisions can be made faster and acted upon. Give authority and resources to teams to try new approaches to existing problems or be creative with new product ideas and designs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Another management clear out

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  11.  

    Current Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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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