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Pros
  • Work Life balance of a 35 hour full time work week is great (in 143 reviews)

  • Good benefits and smart employees (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • Especially credibility of upper management (in 35 reviews)

  • No room for advancement and a sense that there is no support from senior management (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Expectations to produce are high with poor leads"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maitland, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maitland, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great management, benefits, training is on going

    Cons

    Work load. Mass amount of time spent doing outbound calls that are the same calls no new leads


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Technology at Wiley"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work-life balance. Many professionals who genuinely care about their work and yours. Opportunity to work with global teams, especially between the US and UK, as well as Russia, India and Germany. Solid editorial teams produce great content.

    Cons

    Excessive office politics. Far too many layers of management. Management is secretive but not strategic. Business users need a better understanding of the technology they use and manage, and many of them don't know that they are missing these skills. Training team and management have not addressed these challenges. Business processes in technology are time consuming and often pointless. Morale in business and technology areas has been hit hard by multiple, poorly executed layoffs and reorganizations, and by the remaining teams being spread too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Form and communicate a 21st Century strategy while there is still time. Retain and promote your knowledge workers in business and technology, and get rid of the office politicians. Flatten out the organization, especially in technology, and bring on technically strong leadership on the business side. The world is changing very fast... but Wiley is not. Set priorities, and don't be afraid to end projects that are not going anywhere. Promote the people who make the hard choices and get things done.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Separation of Senior Management and Worker-Bees"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Things only got worse..."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and gym next door. Good location.

    Cons

    Constant shifting of priorities, no room for upward mobility, management was full of themselves.


  5. "Fire the SQA Managers/Director, not the Business Analysts!!!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, great business teams, great PMO, good people.

    Cons

    Inexperienced SQA Management aka Requirement and their absurd communication skills.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the SQA Managers and their so called "Director", not the Business Analysts!! It is them who cannot communicate company's vision and expectations, not the qualified Business Analysts. The SQA management is on a layoff spree at the moment (fired about 10 people in last 1 week) but for Christ's sake, understand that the problem is not them but their managers!!!!! Time to investigate....just talk to them for 5 minutes each, especially Verma, and you will know what I am referring to.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good to start or finish a career"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security and work life flexibility.

    Cons

    Slow, boring and difficult to move up in the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    John Wiley & Sons offers a great work / life balance, hours are flexible based on your own schedule however generally 9-5, dress code is casual and the atmosphere is very friendly and collegial. Teamwork is outstanding and management is trying to create an environment where people help each other with only very personal and political animosities.

    Cons

    John Wiley & Sons was a rather conservative working environment and as somewhat common in the Publishing industry things tend to move somewhat slowly. For people seeking a very fast paced environment that presents ongoing challenges and day to day changes Wiley might not be the best place to start looking.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to encourage inter-departmental communication more.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Pleasant colleagues, poor direction and company strategy"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wiley full-time

    Pros

    genuinely pleasant place to work, very few people you'd rather not spend time with.

    Cons

    Very poor strategy and execution - under investment in key areas
    Poor decision making in senior management, avoidance of decision making leads to too many things undertaken and not much progress made.
    Salaries are not market rate, HR are extremely inflexible in this regard
    Career progression limited

    Advice to Management

    pick fewer strategic initiatives and deliver them well rather than ducking responsibility and letting everything through - the organisation is massively overstretched


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and friendly work enviromet. Interesting tasks. Good compensation

    Cons

    There is ? lot bureaucracy and very inefficient decision making chain

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy dramaticaly. Improve decision making chain