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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

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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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    Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus

    Concerned Employee (Current Employee) Miamisburg, OH

    ProsPeople, Technology A sense of ownership in the process.

    ConsIts diffiuclt to advance your career, no clear cut objectives and measurements for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue. Think about what it is you just forced the organization to do and rethink your intentions. Short term gain focus ultimately causes significant friction in the the long term. I think you only need to look at AIG and other foundering institutions who based many of their recent decisions on the short term gain and shor term shareholder happiness

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid global corporation, but not brilliant at career development

    Technology (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsI work in the Elsevier bit, in particular the Technology group, recently taken over by Dan Olley (2013). (Elsevier is the Science publishing group). The company used to be very bureaucratic, faceless, etc., a lot of tech talent got out-sourced. Olley looks like he's stopping this.

    And the openness has been changing in the last two or three years, it's a more friendly company than it used to be. The benefits are pretty good for the sector, and the salaries at the senior end of thing are relatively attractive when you're coming into the company. There are plenty of travel opportunities - mostly, in my case, to Amsterdam, Dayton (Ohio) and Philly. Internal communications used to be unspeakably bad, but is improving.

    Even if you think you know Elsevier to be a big company, the scale of it will amaze you. Ten years in, and I can still find myself in an office of 500 people without knowing a single person there, or even know what they do! Personally, I like this, but then I'm a loud-mouth.

    Despite what I'm going to say in the 'cons' section, I reckon I fit in quite well at Elsevier. It's not what I expected, but it suits for personal reasons (young family, blah blah blah). Probably best for self-motived extroverts.

    ConsThe Oxford (Kidlington) office is a souless hole, especially compared with Amsterdam, which is (now that it's been revamped) a far more engaging environment. If you don't get an office in Oxford from the start, you won't get one. Compared with Amsterdam, where if you had an office (almost no-one does now), you wouldn't want one. The Mendeley office in London seems like a nice place. Philly and Dayton are ... well, meh.

    Ditto salaries - it will take YEARS to get any kind of promotion or rise unless you're on the management programme (and I don't think the Technology / IT group has a management / career development programme). The HR team talk a lot about recruiting talent, but very little about retaining it, or developing it (again, I can only speak to the technology group). I would recommend working here for a couple of years and then going elsewhere for career dev, and not uprooting yourself and the family for a long-term relationship.

    If you're ambitious in technology, it can be frustrating place to work. There seems to be a lot of people in the business side who have tech responsibilities and I don't know how that all ties together. Maybe it'll get sorted, but it's been like that for longer than I've been there and doesn't look like it's getting there. The story seems a familiar one from Dilbert: if you're outside the company you get taken more seriously... On the upside, once your projects get funded and supported, they get delivered and supported. This is a good thing, and I've been lucky in that all my projects have been successful - this isn't rewarded financially, but it feels really good. Some poor sods seem to get all the bad luck.

    The tech stack was more limited than it was - used to be MS throughout. Not so much anymore, although Oracle dominates the db side. The fulfilment systems are a hoot. Some of the ideas that come through are really exciting, which makes up for it (but you need to engage with the cool stuff, before some people get all negative about delivery), I find enthusiasm and engagement really helps deliver.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Have some way of identifying your technology talent and developing their careers. The management programme seems to work well in the 'business' side, why not do something similar?

    2) Do something with the Oxford office. Almost anything. It's the second worst thing about the job, but it's close, it feels like a passive-aggressive library.

    3) The person who runs the Amsterdam office seems to know what they're talking about. As does Olley.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very corporate but has its moments.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat experience to put on your CV

    ConsLarge corporate inertia rather apparent

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe be more proactive than reactive.

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    How to transform a giant into a global but nimble digital player

    Director of the Television Division (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsEnjoyed my job, my wonderful colleagues and friends and boss more than any other company. Great benefits and company supported initiatives. The only place where we had our own personal chef on staff for daily lunches.

    ConsOffice space was limited and cramped with very bad air conditioning in the hot 30C - 35C heat of summer which made work difficult. I was very high up in the organisation but still not opportunity to advance was offered or given so it looked like a reached a peak for which no amount of accomplishment would offer me further job growth and opportunities. All decisions took way too long. There needed to be a Fast Track for some ideas while others needed to be more cautiously reviewed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that every employee has a career path set and offered to them. If they reach their bench marks then that should be a green light to be moved up or given added or different responsibilities. Reviews and career path was something I always included in my PDP's with key staff but it was a personal choice I made not a company wide initiative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work-life balance at Reed Elsevier

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWe only work 8 hours a day.

    ConsNot a good company for IT fresh grads. Lack of trainings.

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    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    ProsIs a well respected and established company

    ConsCulture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more visible/outgoing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company in desperate need of a vision

    Department Head (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    ConsCEO 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 Senior ManagementWake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    okey

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    Prosownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance

    ConsLow salaries, mangers are not transparent

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look beyond psycophants

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Director (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGreat place to work - Good talent and management - great products

    ConsBusiness Environment is tough, salary growth is slow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not good, not bad.

    Technical Support (Former Employee) Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

    ProsHMO, 24 leaves in a year

    ConsLeaves not convertible to cash, no allowances.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllowance, leaves must be convertible to cash.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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