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"good career at this company"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Products number one in the marketplace. Esteemed in professional circles. Dominant lines. Competition is far behind

Cons

More and more managers are hired from outside without a clue about the products, markets, the culture. They also lack basic management skills. Hard for good ideas to get an airing. The long term market domination is in danger of fading without concern from management whose main goal is to just "move forward".

Advice to Management

Listen to ideas from employees. Don't be so quick to dismiss them.

Other Employee Reviews for Wolters Kluwer

  1. Helpful (6)

    "You will row in place without promotion or training until you die"

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    Current Employee - Attorney Editor in Riverwoods, IL
    Current Employee - Attorney Editor in Riverwoods, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good established name brand. Product content is usually high quality. Lots of mid-level talent here that goes untapped.

    Cons

    The position you are hired in for is probably the one you will die in. This is a multinational organization that is ruled with a Dutch finance mentality. It has constant and absurdly detailed heavy financial reporting requirements, and reporting of all types in general is generally out of control. It's not run as a homogenous organization, but as a loose confederation of companies that pretty much do whatever they want. People are paid a fair wage, but that's it. The company will not spend one penny on your training or professional development - (this is probably the only multinational corporation in the world that doesn't even have a Training Department.). Career-pathing is non-existent. Jobs on the upper third of the ladder are always filled by well-meaning but clueless outsiders, and never from the experienced staff from within. 50% of the managers don't even bother doing reviews, and most employees don't even care, since the review process isn't the foundation for anything that affects your pay or promotion. Every November-December there is a grim reaper cutback exercise that chops some heads, and you will probably survive this process for several years initially, but eventually they will come for you as well. If you are young, you will figure out quickly that no one retires out of this place, as you will not be allowed to stay that long without being chopped at some point..

    Advice to Management

    Promote ONLY from within, and stop hiring outside heroes who come from your favorite consulting firm cronies or vendors that you are buddy-buddy with. Invest in your people and take positive steps to offer training and career path progression. You want to grow the business? Do a better job at growing your people first.


  2. "Big Publishing continues to have ndustry challenges"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Riverwoods, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong and recognized band in the B2B Publishing industry, recognized as an industry leader in both publishing and software, and part of Wolters Kluwer, a Global enterprise.

    Cons

    Difficult transition from traditional publishing environment to online/mobile. Print revenue is in decline. Customers are finding other resources to do their research online which are not as expensive or free. Delivery of flagship Tax SaaS software suite has experienced multi-year delays which lead to revenue challenges in recent quarters. Where is the young innovative talent?

    Advice to Management

    Determine whether the company specializes in publishing/professional research or is a software company and focus in one direction. Mediocre performance in one area seems to drag on the overall profitability of this company. Consider outsourcing development of the software suite to focus on leveraging the strong brand to improve sales.

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