Reed Elsevier Group
3.1 of 5 78 reviews
www.reedelsevier.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

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

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

Erik Engstrom

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    Had a lot of promise

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsDecent benefits, decent pay.

    ConsYou can be unrecognized for your efforts as management is located out of state/country. You can become invisible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe transparent with decisions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company if you're in the right location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    ConsIf you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great to start career here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great place to start your career

    Cons- Hard to move up

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization is key. Work on it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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