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EBSCO Overview

Birmingham, AL
5001 to 10000 employees
1944
Company - Private
Media
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Few portfolios are more diverse than that of EBSCO Industries. Founded in 1944 by the late Elton B. Stephens, EBSCO Industries, Inc. has evolved into a global company with diverse business platforms that include Information Services, Publishing and Digital Media, Outdoor ... Read more

EBSCO – Why Work For Us?



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EBSCO can be found in a wide range of industries. We connect students, academics and medical professionals to vital online journals and publications. We are among the nation’s leading outdoor brands. Our neighborhood developments are award winning and our business-to-business products are relied upon by companies large and small. We manufacture 3-ring binders and promotional packaging, steel joists, outdoor LED signs for churches, schools and businesses and merchandising displays. We are a leading manufacturer and distributor of licensed products to college bookstores. We sell promotional products, stand-up-desks, electrical charging stations, workspace product solutions and insurance. We have a media company with almost 40 brands providing publishing content and publication services to industries ranging from horticulture, to hunting, to healthcare. We offer simple magazine subscription services to professional offices with waiting rooms. We operate a research firm dedicated to publishing a best of home services guide.

We are a uniquely diversified company with opportunities in information technology, sales, customer service, marketing, human resources, operations, manufacturing, accounting and finance.

All together, EBSCO is more than 40 diverse companies employing nearly 6,000 people worldwide. We have the highest Dun & Bradstreet Financial Strength Rating that can be awarded, and we are consistently ranked among the top 200 largest privately held corporations by Forbes magazine.

The inspiration for what would eventually be known as EBSCO began in the 1930s, with a law student selling magazines door-to-door. The commissions earned on those subscriptions were an important source of depression era income for Elton B. Stephens. Soon the potential of the business overshadowed Elton’s law career and a fledgling company, which would over time expand across continents, was created.

EBSCO was founded in 1944, at the height of World War II. Our humble beginning was as a provider of products and services for men and women in the armed services. Our early endeavors helped shape us; at our core we are a sales driven organization. The international company that EBSCO has become continues to foster the same ideals for sales, service and entrepreneurship that guided Elton B. Stephens over 70 years ago.

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As diverse as EBSCO is in its business categories, we are united by a set of guiding principles. These ideas reflect our heritage and values. They are apparent in how we conduct our businesses and ourselves. And it is these same principles which will guide us to be successful in the future.

REALIZE THAT BUSINESS IS A LONG-RUN GAME

We strive to continuously increase the value we provide to our customers, thereby maximizing long-term profits.

INVEST IN PEOPLE AND CULTIVATE PASSION

We offer the resources and environment that allow individuals to reach their potential, enabling us to realize our collective potential.


OPERATE WITH A DEFINED VISION AND A BIAS FOR ACTION

We create clear goals and then commit to their completion, refining our vision as we learn from our experiences.

COMMIT TO SUSTAINED SALES AND PROFIT GROWTH

We strive to maximize profits over the long run, reinvesting profits in our businesses in order to achieve sustained profit growth.

 
  BE CUSTOMER FOCUSED AND SALES DRIVEN

We must always deliver products and services that retain and expand our customer base.

 

INSIST ON QUALITY FROM THE START

We are only as good as the quality of our product or service.

 

MANAGE AND MEASURE WHAT MATTERS

We stay focused on the right things by establishing and measuring appropriate goals.

 

FOSTER CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

We understand that perfection is a process and not a state and are committed to methodically improving ourselves in all areas.

 

DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU WILL DO

We honor our commitments, individually and as a business.

 

LEAD WITH HUMILITY

We take our business very seriously, but don’t take ourselves too seriously.

 

 

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At EBSCO we strive for an environment where people grow their careers because of our culture, not in spite of it. We pride ourselves in a management philosophy that removes barriers to personal advancement and stays open-minded to new ideas and opportunity.

EBSCO seeks people who are driven, eager to understand, and collaborative in their approach.

We are a uniquely diversified company with opportunities in information technology, sales, customer service, marketing, human resources, operations, manufacturing, accounting and finance.

But regardless of the job title, we believe each position is the starting point. People who are entrepreneurial, positively focused on the future and driven to discover what’s possible are successful at EBSCO.

EBSCO is driven to grow and we know the best way to do that is through fulfilled employees because they create satisfied customers. For these reasons, we provide competitive benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental with low co-pays and exceptional coverage. We also offer a credit union, tuition reimbursement, college scholarships and employee discounts. But perhaps no other single benefit is as frequently praised as our Savings and Profit Sharing Trust. EBSCO shares 15% of all pre-tax profits with our employees which has resulted in creating a profit sharing plan that has historically outperformed the typical 401(k) by a wide margin.

When our employees are successful, EBSCO is successful, and we share that success with the people who make it all possible.

We are committed to continuous improvement, understanding that change is necessary and realizing that perfection is a process and not a result. Every year, we award employees for ideas that help improve our companies. In the past two years ‘Progress Through Ideas’ awarded over $80,000 to our employees for their contributions to making us better.

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    Pros

    Great benefits, salary, earnings potential, supportive upper mgmt.

    Cons

    Travel heavy, stress levels can be high

    Advice to Management

    More support from management to sales team. Address turnover rates.

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EBSCO Interviews

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at EBSCO (Birmingham, AL) in May 2016.

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    Lengthy and it seemed like they try to set you up for failure. Trial by fire at least if you don't have the answer they guide you to see how much you know

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EBSCO Awards & Accolades

  • Approved Green Business, Birmingham Business Alliance, 2010
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008
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