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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
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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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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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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18 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    There has been better times

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    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.  

    Not a Positive Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    good benefits and average pay

    Cons

    Communication from the top is lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to do their job well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

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    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Technology is always up to date. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Too much politics. You have a lot of upper management that are international or have just recently moved to the U.S. and they carry a lot of the "in your face" European management style that may come off as rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. It's one thing to have open dialog with your direct team but people under them need to know you exist.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Because 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

    Cons

    All of the real work is done in India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Would not recommend this as a positive place to work.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    compensation and benefits were fair

    Cons

    very "European centric"; leadership not in tune with day-to-day activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more involvement and communication with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

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    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure about future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Dead end for it staff in the UK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    "an excellent starting package with pension and medical.

    Cons

    The IT division RETS (reed Elsevier technology services) is almost all run from the US so the UK is treated like a poor offshoot, poor training if any causing a general de skilling of UK IT staff over time, no bonuses, a 3% cap on pay rises although 2% in more common, a promotion path that is totally unworkable leaving people undervalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managerial change is the norm and I personally have had 7 managers in the last 5 years, everyone knows they will be sacrificed for the bottom line regardless as to there use to the company often leading to huge gaps that need to be filled quickly, this reactive approach is not dynamic but flawed as the upper management have no technical understanding yet force decisions that later often prove to be expensive and incorrect, don't work here in the UK if you want management to respect or listen to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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