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ProQuest Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    Decent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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 an 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.

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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great Company

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    • 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 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
  7.  

    Current Employee

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    • 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 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • 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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment for young working adults

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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