Wolters Kluwer Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Wolters Kluwer Chairman, Executive Board and CEO Nancy McKinstry
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is a priority (in 51 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedules and work from home options (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not understand the products in their departments (in 33 reviews)

  • Intense pressure from senior management to meet aggressive goals (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Educational Field Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Wolters Kluwer has vast industry knowledge and a rich history. We are trusted providers that can refer back to our history to innovate and launch new products with a lasting impact.
    Extremely flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Recent merger. Unrealistic sales growth expectations (30-40%). Bonus structure is not competitive. Weak quality control of products. Difficulty to advance.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of support, great managers, aweosme PTO and benfits

    Cons

    Salary is weak, no room.for advancement only lateral movement,

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary and train employees to grow in their field


  3. Helpful (1)

    Well-run company with excellent product

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

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent product, well-run company with strong training and processes. Caring company with good benefits and some generous perks (company gifts and events, sales meetings in warm climates etc)

    Cons

    One product company in mature, saturated market. Feels like the best years have been in the past for domestic sales. Not much upside for growth or income for salespeople.

    Advice to Management

    Use extensive expertise to develop complementary products to sustain growth.


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  5. Good Company and Good Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company
    Work/life balanced
    Employee benefit lot
    Good Management

    Cons

    1. Transport facility not there
    2. No comments other than this

    Advice to Management

    Please provide transport


  6. QA engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work with

    Cons

    nothing to say on the con side


  7. Slow-paced

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    WK-P1S has a great wok life balance. They are very open to working from home and leaving early to pick up kids and things like that.

    Cons

    They are very slow to adopt change. When introducing new tech into their development process they aren't comfortable with looking at open source options first. Add to that, the catch 22 of it taking months to buy a supported version of the same software. Once that software is in house, almost nobody takes it on themselves to adopt it. There are a lot of cases (database migration software, deployment orchestration software, configuration management software, continuous integration servers) where one and only one person will be the in house expert with that tool. Everyone else might know of it's existence at least and a few other people may recognize opportunities for taking advantage of it at best.
    There are opportunities for learning new tech; brown bags once every other week. These usually involve the one person who knows the new tech giving a presentation with very little interaction or questions from the audience.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage innovation. It seems like success is defined there by an employee doing the bare minimum in their job title. Enable your team to learn about new tech and practices out there by letting them go to conferences or at least by buying a book or two.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible team spirit
    Highly motivated people
    Accessable higher management
    Great vacation time
    Treated like I have a voice/my opinion matters, even as an entry-level person

    Cons

    Would like to see more interaction with other teams (Office tends to be siloed a bit)
    Really don't have too many complaints


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent Employee Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Riverwoods, IL

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company provides exceptional benefits, including a very generous time off policy. The majority of my colleagues were professional and great to work with.

    Cons

    Some areas of the business are not growing as well as others, which has led to numerous cutbacks across a number of departments in recent years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, good vacation, work culture, great working hours
    I would recommend this place

    Cons

    Slow career path, management is slow


  11. Helpful (2)

    Don't waste your time

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

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

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

    Pros

    Having the flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Products don't work and are archaic. Pricing model is not conducive to sales.
    Working with clients is a breeze compared the internal challenges each person faces. A person has to go through so many levels of approval just to extend a small discount to a client - even when a client is pissed off. Sometimes, the company could care less. No one cares about doing what it takes to get or save the business anymore.
    Professional services is a joke. There's no logic behind how they price out certain services.
    No room for growth
    Lack of support from management
    No training for new hires
    No sense of a team environment
    Everyone has their own agenda
    The pay is poor. Many employees left WK to go somewhere else that paid them 2 or 3xs more than what WK was paying.
    Do not value employees that consistently make their goals.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your valuable employees. Don't change what's working. And don't forget about how WK got to where we did (PCi days). Now that we're a public company, nobody cares about the Consumer Compliance products anymore. Onto bigger and more expensive software sales (software that doesn't work by the way).



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