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Wolters Kluwer Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Sometimes upper management can have difficulty understanding impacts of technical decisions (in 66 reviews)

  • Under Paid, Sometimes there is no work life balance (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Career Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working in the education market. Wolters Kluwer is a global company with global plans.

    Cons

    It sometimes felt that our team wasn't valued as part of the whole.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Emmi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Very relaxed management
    - Culture provides a nice work / life balance

    Cons

    - Pay for certain roles is not competitive, while over paying others
    - Perks in the kitchen are so, so
    - Departments don't work well together

    Advice to Management

    Departments make it hard on each other to get projects accomplished

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Wolters Kluwer / CCH Tax & Accounting US - Research and Learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverwoods, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    Strong brand in market place (though diminishing in recent years)
    Lots of PTO
    Good co-workers (below Director level)
    Started offering free coffee last year in cafeteria

    Cons

    Executive level turnover every few years (regime changes)
    Lots of reorgs
    Lots of layoffs
    Older veteran staff not valued or included in decision making
    Lack of transparency
    Executives don't know the tax and accounting profession/industry
    Cut throat, cover you *ss tactics and culture at higher levels
    Rank and file morale terrible
    Executives micro manage
    Decisions made without thinking through the consequences - only bottom line focus ("we'll figure out how to deal with getting things done with 20 less staff down the road")
    Great at cost-cutting (more and more getting outsourced), terrible at knowing how to grow top line.
    Sales rep turnover is astronomical - probably greater than 40% per year
    What executives say and do don't match - consequently no trust
    Could go on much more - bottom line is the Research & Learning organization is dysfunctional ...

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if this can be turned around given all the poor decisions made by Executives in last 3-4 years. Huge loss of talent in recent years.

    Perhaps start over with real "leaders" who are experienced, know the market, are competent, transparent, know how to manage and inspire people versus current gang and how they operate. Fear is not an effective long-term motivator.


  4. "No room for growth,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good people, decent PTO

    Cons

    bad management, lousy pay, no communication. Management cannot fix on a strategy and stick with it long enough to see if it will work. Everything is given 3-6 months and then it's time for another change. There is no respect for institutional knowledge or knowledge of the market. Many of the rank and file employees know more about the market than upper management since they talk to the customers on a daily basis. Some of us even follow the industry more closely than upper management because we're interested in it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  5. "Wolters Kluwer Health"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Pay is up to par with competition
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of communication and resource sharing between business OUs
    Lack of upward career placement
    Lack of professional career development


  6. "Regional Software Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    Decent base salary but not off the charts.

    Cons

    Territory expectations are not in line with geographical market, making it impossible to hit your number unless you are in a large market (Manhattan, LA, Dallas, Miami, etc.)


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Management is running the company into the ground"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; relaxed atmosphere; ability to telecommute; generous time off; flexible schedule; suburban location; many experienced employees; great wellness program

    Cons

    Poor compensation. All functions are being outsourced--HR, IT, production, editorial. If you're not being replaced by outsourcing, then you're stuck working with people who lack expertise and doing clean-up. Upper Management is arrogant and refuses to listen to experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking only at dollars and cents. This is not a typical industry. You have a highly educated workforce that you are misusing. Hire managers who understand the legal market. Stop sacrificing quality for a quick profit.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Soul Sucking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are great, but they promote the bad ones and keep the good ones doing the grunt work with no recognition.

    Cons

    Poor management. Focused on the wrong areas.


  9. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Transformation into information services company from a publisher

    Cons

    The 401K contributions are low

    Advice to Management

    Share more cross-divisional marketing knowledge


  10. "Manager role"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Good Vacation Time
    Decent Culture

    Cons

    Very poor salary and difficult to move upwards in career


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