Wiley Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Publishing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quiet environment, Casual dress, Open door policy

    Cons

    Major lay offs in the last few years.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Slow movement in all areas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Development in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A nice work-life balance. Good people.

    Cons

    Little to no movement in terms of promotions. People didn't leave. Many levels of bureaucracy. Slow to react to market changes.

    Advice to Management

    It's going to be tough to right that ship.

  3. Helpful (16)

    Sad to witness a great company in the throes of self destruction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work with a few exceptions; one being lower than industry average pay. In fact it was always rated among the top employers for places to work. We were almost treated like part of the family. Benefits and PTO was, and still is fantastic!

    Cons

    Upper management changed and in came the "consultants" and out went all of the talent in lieu of contracting all critical work overseas. Publishing as an industry is in flux and requires new ideas to stay in the game. Unfortunately management wasn't producing these ideas and the employees who had them, along with a vision for growth in a tough market, were ignored, and then eventually laid off. The current upper management is even more clueless and believes everything is solved not by their own new thinking, but by saving dollars by contracting everything to India.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late to save what was. You let everyone that had experience and knowledge go already. The only wise thing to do at this point is to lay yourselves off and allow others with sound ideas and visions to take over.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Separation of Senior Management and Worker-Bees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation time and personal time. Work week was 35 hours a week. Co-workers were pretty good and it was a good environment to work in.

    Cons

    There was really no chance for advancement, no matter how much I tried. I started in a position that never really changed much and lasted in the position for 13 years when they finally decided to close departments and outsource to India.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the work and not only those in senior management. I think your decision-making would be somewhat different if you did.

  6. Helpful (5)

    Transitioning? Maybe Or Maybe not

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Management in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Wiley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really good things happening as the company tries to redefine itself. An Agile environment trying to be obtained

    Cons

    These good things resulted in biting off way more than it can chew. Indifference, fatigue and lack of heart amongst employees due to the countless rounds of layoffs permeate globally.

    Advice to Management

    Some stabilization recommended. Define the identity of the company and clearly define a common goal.

  7. Helpful (4)

    In Transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wiley Indianapolis has a flexible, somewhat relaxed atmosphere, but that doesn't mean inefficient. People have a good work ethic and are among the most professional in the business. Benefits are very good, with lots of time off and good insurance coverage.

    Cons

    Like many media companies, Wiley is going through a lot of upheaval within its ranks. Proceed with caution if you are thinking about working there.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say because I don't think the current senior management puts much weight on what employees might advise.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Wiley no longer the way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Support in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Global Support in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Family friendly balance, health benefits

    Cons

    no room for promotions unless yuo are in the inner circle and management lack the knowledge of its workforce

  9. Helpful (1)

    Sales Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, layed back culture, pto, work and life balance.

    Cons

    pay, dying industry, all the systems and technology they are using is outdated.

  10. Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Wiley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people trying really hard to do what is best for company

    Cons

    recent management and strategy changes have rocked the company and it is stil trying to find its footing

  11. Helpful (6)

    What was once "the place to be" (the company's motto) is no more.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wiley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers generous time off and stresses work/life balance. My fellow editors were some of the brightest people I've had the pleasure to know.

    Cons

    Hundreds of employees have been laid off over the past two years and the layoffs continue as jobs are being outsourced to India and independent contractors. Meanwhile, management claims to have a new direction in mind, but no one understands what it is. Managers fail to provide direction or feedback. Whether working in-house or as a freelancer for the company, pay is minimal and not in proportion to the value provided.

    Advice to Management

    Employees deserve to know where the company is headed in plain English, understandable terms and give employees genuine opportunities to contribute their ideas. Compensation needs to be higher.

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