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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
83 Reviews
3.3
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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30 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work Experience

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is really stress free and the people you work are very helpful since the average tenure is about 15 years and so they have lots of info to share.

    Cons

    There are occasional layoff seasons and I've seen two seasons in my 1 years working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young and innovative employees to build in house products as opposed to buying licenses and software that can be replaced with open source products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Procurement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good interaction with various businesses

    Cons

    Repositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Marketing Internship

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Waltham, MA (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, learned about many different functions and divisions. The work space was redesigned and improved allowing for better meetings and a more enjoyable atmosphere

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity. There seemed to be a high turnover rate with many of the employees having worked there for a very short period of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to start career here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is key. Work on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

    Cons

    Many positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people.
    Most of the people I dealt with whether they be part of the shared services group, business controllers and finance teams of both the US and UK business divisions or even the AsiaPac team..all of them are incredibly knowledgeable and open to collaboration.

    Cons

    Unfortunately in 2013 there has been significant RIF(s) in the US in the operational and SS areas (not sure about what is going on in the UK) A good chunk of that talent has been taken away; the people that are left are being stretched to increase output without additional resources or improved infrastructure. Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Cons

    not many and overall good place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very large company and culture mindset

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very, very large company stability. The company has clear policies on HR, growth, travel, etc... I prefer small companies and working here was hard but always fair, always.

    Cons

    For me, the big company culture was hard. Things do not happen quickly and that can be a good thing if you can be patient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A difficult place to work

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    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting location and some nice people work there.

    Cons

    I worked in the RETS area. It's over-siloed, over out-sourced and good communication between teams is difficult. the on boarding process is fatally flawed. The net result is that it is very difficult to understand how to do your job. There's too much process and very little procedure. They try to do things the ITIL way and fail miserably in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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