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Wolters Kluwer Reviews

Updated Nov 19, 2019

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3.2
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Wolters Kluwer CEO Nancy McKinstry
Nancy McKinstry
629 Ratings
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work environment. Always something new to learn.

    Cons

    Could provide a better base salary compared to other companies. Annual salary Increase is a little low. No room for advancement within the company.

    Advice to Management

    not applicable

    Wolters Kluwer2019-07-26
  2. "Great work pace"

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    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Sherbrooke, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and great work pace. You don't have to kill yourself at work, but you can if you want to

    Cons

    Management a bit averse to developper proposed big changes, prefers pushing features. Yearly salary increase isn't great

    Wolters Kluwer2019-08-19
  3. Helpful (2)

    "no support in canada for education"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    autonomy/ car allowance/ work from home

    Cons

    no support for canadian team. felt like outcasts.

    Advice to Management

    focus more on canada

    Wolters Kluwer2019-07-31
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best time now, but it creates opportunities for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are really nice, several projects are (were?) interesting, benefits are good, there's a genuine intention to do things right. Would have given 4 stars if the review was a few years earlier, which was before for the cons below.

    Cons

    The recent May 2019 review with the Stay Away statement says it all. It's really not about 99% of the people who work there; it's the culture shift that was imposed in the recent years which is causing harm to this employer. Unfortunately, the Global and NA CEOs both have limited abilities to build trust and inspire the organization. Instead, fear is the main driver and this trickles down from the top to all... reporting levels, which removes most of the fun and passion re:going to work.

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    Advice to Management

    The current WK outage crisis in an opportunity to reset how Top Global/NA Management drives the company. It will certainly reset the revenue target expectations in the short term, since a retention mode will now be critical. Why not at the same time try to get back to a more human touch, and start to inspire the company again, instead of being so stiff and serious? It will be tough to make the numbers for a while -... be creative to set other types of objectives. Talk to your employees with a genuine interest and try to develop some modesty, they are equally important as you, despite the title and pressure difference. Best of luck.

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    Wolters Kluwer2019-05-09
  5. "Good workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    You get to make your own schedule and have more control over your techniques

    Cons

    Work is sometimes repetitive when you are not in a high rank

    Wolters Kluwer2019-03-13
  6. "Professional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time

    Pros

    One of the best organizations I've ever worked for. Team spirit, caring people. Good benefits, including a pension plan. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Reports into US Business, which has some pros and cons.

    Wolters Kluwer2019-03-06
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away from the Canadian Division."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some good people that work there however they are also seeking to leave the organization. The brand name is good internationally however executive leadership doesn’t view the Canadian division as a growth story.

    Cons

    I have never seen a level of internal politics at any organization. The Head Office decreed to fire a very good CEO a couple years ago, and instilled a new CEO with only one purpose to cut costs. Growing your career or income is very difficult working for Wolters Kluwer Canada. In fact, if you are able to maintain your job, consider yourself fortunate. Management works under fear. Fear that their own jobs... could be gone. So presenting challenging ideas to help the organization is not well received. HR is certainly not independent. Raising concerns only invites the ire of the department becoming defensive. The CEO doesn’t want unwanted attention so there will be creative methods to have your your employment terminated. Here are the facts. Wolters Kluwer Canada used to employ a number of staff in Toronto and Quebec. In Toronto alone, nearly half the floor is now vacant. The VP of Product quit after many years at the company. The previous CEO was fired during the same day the Director of Sales was retiring (how classy). The Director is Marketing quit. The company is in harvesting mode. Little to no growth. I’ve hopefully been able to provide a clear warning of what you will be getting yourself into.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest into your employees. Provide growth opportunities. Global HQ needs to provide a direct channel that is unbiased since HR doesn’t have impartiality. Remove the climate of fear since it trickles down to operational managers and to the employees.

    Wolters Kluwer2019-03-26
  8. "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Good work exposure. Great work culture. Work life balance is very nice.

    Cons

    No cons as such... But work from home is not available for most of the employees.

    Wolters Kluwer2018-11-04
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Call Centre Mentality"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company in the past was focused on employees and ensuring their well being was intact along with being able to progress within. In addition to this, real comrodary in the company and everyone on same page. This was the standard before 2018

    Cons

    Company is now focused on numbers with new management. You become just a number, no team any longer, everyone is under the gun to meet numbers, it became a call centre mentality and people come and go now. I don't recognize half the people any longer

    Wolters Kluwer2018-08-06
  10. "Very good"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolters Kluwer

    Pros

    Great time, modern office, free snacks provided, great supportive managers, also monthly massage in work!

    Cons

    None. Had to leave as contract ended

    Advice to Management

    Very welcoming to new employees. Keep it up!

    Wolters Kluwer2018-05-24
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