Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 79 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsThe 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

    Director (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsReliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

    ConsRather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Miamisburg, OH

    ProsGood people with good opportunities for growth

    ConsNot interested in products we produce

    Advice to Senior Managementuse more incentive based pay at lower levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    Prosgood health benefits for all employees and family

    Conssenior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to be more proactive and reward good talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGenerally treats its employees well. Time off, working flexibility are good, pensions, benefit were good but have been getting worse. Work life can be very pleasant and measured, all the usual trappings of a company their size.

    ConsNo-one's heard of the company. People know the brands but expect to explain how to pronounce Reed Elsevier (reed el-severe) let alone what they do. It seems like change happens at a glacial place. Management has been turned over several times in the last 2yrs, this, coupled with the downturn, has led to continued product stagnation and a general lack of overall direction. They've been steadying the ship but don't have a rudder or any wind the sails.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.

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    Satisfied

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Prosgreat people, great salary, great benefits, very relaxed working environment

    Consnot enough annual raise the last couple of years

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The greatest publisher in the world-content wise, but a difficult place in which to succeed.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThe largest publisher in the world, delivering critical material to science professionals that ultimately helps in discoveries to improve life and living everywhere.

    ConsThis applies to the books group only: Heavily matrixed organization, difficult to learn one's way. Systems need work. Change is constant. Sr exec sometimes insults/berates employees publicly and allows an environment for other employees to follow suit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior mgmt (books) needs to show more maturity in group meetings and people management.

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    EDIT was great, now it is a shell of what it once was.

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee) Miamisburg, OH

    ProsBecause you can't find a better job, because the economy is so bad that you would rather risk pending layoffs than work fast food. Because you like creating designs for work being outsourced. Because you are afraid to do better

    ConsAll of the real work is done in India

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsGreat salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    ConsComplete lack of substantive communication from senior management. They communicate, but we have no clue why they do what they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unsure about future

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsGood location, decent facility. Employees generally able to balance work & home life.

    ConsLimited career path. Outsourcing / offshoring will probably continue. Other IT career opportunities in Dayton are limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven a reasonably intelligent person can detect BS so don't give it to us.

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