Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
104 Reviews
3.0
104 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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36 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 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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  1.  

    Well managed, disliked by customers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Decently run media company that looks after its employees well (particularly the senior ones). It continues to perform well financially despite not being able to keep its customers happy.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very removed from the rest of the business. Constant reorganisations across the businesses and not a lot of communication from head office about what's going on means employees are often on the dark. Not really doing anything creative or innovative - it's a pretty conservative company. They've had a long decade of cost cutting. Not a lot of of opportunity for personal growth at head office. You need to go into one of the businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive, but Management neglects talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere to work
    Easy going and relaxed workplace
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Relationships are made a priority over work performed
    Changes are very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your star talent go away

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    lots of stretch assignments and ability to wear lots of hats

    Cons

    slow to adopt change or try new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    RE Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    nothing much to talk about

    Cons

    Compensation, job security,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Had a lot of promise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    We value our employees...see ya later alligator!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    I guess the severance is better than some.

    Cons

    Screwed up New York and Dayton management with a total lack of focus and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too big to fail

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    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Reed Expo, the US- based division I worked for, is a leader in the exhibition and trade show space. This organization is strong at understanding the important touch points of a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    For many industries, Reed Expo's lack of authenticity and foreword-thinking activities hamper their effectiveness in that particular segment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work to understand that an industry event is more than just the specific days during which the trade show is held.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    Cons

    Overall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    the workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    Cons

    CEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Low salary, company gutted.

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When I was there, salary was very low (about 60% of what it should be). This doesn't matter now as the company has entered into a JV and been gutted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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