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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
85 Reviews
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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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31 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 4 reviews)


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

  • They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    A difficult place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  3.  

    There has been better times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    Work with some excellent peers in my group and others, challenging work, with fair compensation.

    Cons

    Recent re-orgs an

    Albany office will be closing, while i expect to be able to continue a HBE, the impact to people I've been working with for years and to the city, where Matthew Bender has had a historical precence is challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, current organization is not well defined or understood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company in desperate need of a vision

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    Current Employee - Department Head in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Department Head in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    International, highly educated work force
    Flexible working hours, parent-friendly
    Opportunity to serve high-calibre science

    Cons

    CEO is invisible, a bean-counter with no apparent vision for the future. Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and notice the sea change that has happened in the academic community and our new technology-driven competitors. Cost control and relying on traditional products is not enough to sustain our privileged profit share. A new vision is needed to inspire customers, employees and shareholders. Try not to waste the opportunity of the Mendeley merger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Neutral - Daily Routine Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Voluntarily attend more training sessions for your personal development.
    Transportation facilities.

    Cons

    Missing domain expert leadership of missing management group.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Solid company that operates under the radar.

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    Former Employee - Department Head
    Former Employee - Department Head

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very old, stable, multinational, science, technology, and medicine publishing company that offers excellent benefits and steady employment.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very independent minded and tends to get caught up in trends that cause employee frustrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more women to senior management and stop being so Dutch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fear is how most of us live daily!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence
    The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
    Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
    Difficult to break into executive management internally
    Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
    Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    European owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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