This was once a secure place to work but now ‘upper management’ is more concerned with friends than being bosses.
Accounts Payable Team Lead (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – July 15, 2018
This place HAD such potential but now it’s just be friends with management and you are not going to be held accountable for your actions. People that are there to work are given the majority of the work while the ‘friends’ of the management can slack as much as they want.
The environment for anyone in the purchasing/supply chain group is stressful. The management is extremely poor and not to mention rude. The attendance policy used to be great, they offered flex time but now they have rid the office of that and there is a very strict point system if you don’t have days covered, so employee morale went down dramatically. Very sales oriented place as well. If you aren’t in sales, you won’t get to reap any of the ‘office benefits’ such as commission when making a large sale. It’s a casual place to work dress code wise, however, which is nice.
Food truck sometimes, free lunches when someone retires or leaves, employee sales
Divisional Financial Director (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – April 18, 2018
Depending on your division, your work experience at EBSCO can be very different. My division was a great place to work until senior management decided to sell the assets. Unfortunately, they were not honest with employees so the sell off became very painful as people never knew when they would told their last day.
Database Engineer (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – April 16, 2018
A typical day at work consisted of stand up, coding, e-mail, ect. I learned about audiobooks, SQL Server 2016, and the reporting applications for the DRS team. I also learned a lot about Amazon. I worked with some nice people there, but others were not so nice. There were some shady business practices going on. Somebody used my personal amazon account to fund their research. I was apalled.
Vice President, General Manager (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 19, 2018
EBSCO is a well established, family owned business in the process of transition from 2nd generation to 3rd generation leadership.Many of their recent and upcoming decisions are largely based on re-positioning assets to potentially higher areas of return on investment.
Undisclosed (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – December 21, 2017
GVM seemed like a great company under the previous President. They had social gatherings for employees and people seemed to genuinely care for one another. After she, the previous president, was let go everything became competitive and people started ducking their heads to keep their jobs. The benefits are great but the environment for me became hostile. The management above me made it impossible for me to perform my job efficiently. I was yelled at and had paper and pens snatched out of my hand from management. I started off being allowed to work with sales and attended meetings. After the shift in power, and calling them out on some underhanded behavior, that became a thing of the past. Needless to say, there were some AMAZING and creative people working there but most either left or were fired. 16 employees were either fired or left on their own within 6-7 months. I'm glad I don't work there anymore.
NA (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – December 7, 2017
I truly regret working for this company. I was personally lowballed on salary to begin with, but had decided to overlook that when considering all benefits offered. This company does not pay the national average.
Overall, management is poor, and they will lay off employees on a moments notice. VP’s refuse to take responsibilty. Culture promotes sexism and age-ism. There is a disconnect somewhere in this company, and if they don’t improve they will continue to go downhill.
Senior Order Processor (Former Employee) – Tinton Falls, NJ – October 31, 2017
My overall review of Ebsco will always be positive. A typical day started off with reviewing our accounts with our supervisor. I learned many trades at EBSCO; editing, processing, customer service and clerical work. The management was always professional. The workplace culture was very much like a family unity. The hardest part of the job was the laid off. The most enjoyable part of the job was the extensive training and being able to learn something new every single day.
Better be prepared to have a brown nose for advacement
Electronic Research Analyst (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – October 24, 2017
The management is the worst I have ever encountered. It was wonderful until they merged groups and the other management team took over. It was all down hill from there. They laid off people who had worked with that company 19 years when they did this merge. The managers are very snobbish and if you don't kiss their tail they will find a way to fire you. They lie and stab you in the back for the sake of their job in a second. If you haven't been in their circle or don't kiss tail like those in the circle you won't make it. They will lie on you or about you without question. HR and upper management do not care how employees are treated. It is a privately owned company so they do as they please when they please.
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) – Calera, AL – October 22, 2017
Favoritism is defiantly here, and there is no possible way to advance starting at the bottom. They give you a quarter a year for a raise if your lucky. This is not a friendly environment and you never know your hours. Defiantly a job if your in need of temporary work . No respect from management either. Work here at your own risk.
Open Source Developer II (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – August 16, 2017
EBSCO is the best Birmingham based company that I have ever worked for. The management is caring, the culture is warm and friendly, and the Stephens Family has been a gift to our state. I was recently laid off as part of a staff reduction and miss my colleagues dearly.