Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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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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Pros
  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 5 reviews)

  • They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Bit academic, slow moving company (in 3 reviews)

  • They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Technology A sense of ownership in the process.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Get 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Low pay, and mind-numbing work, but you can take lots of days off...

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    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is based in Europe, so the attitude throughout the U.S. offices seems to be a tad more "Euro" also. Great vacation time, sick time, AND personal days. Managers are known for being fairly chill and understanding. There is also the opportunity to travel if you have been at the company long enough, and if you are lucky, basically.

    Cons

    LOW pay and VERY limited opportunity for advancement, even though management (via corporate)tries to act like there is, by requiring you to fill out a "personal development plan" that is basically BS. It is a genius idea to keep us motivated, but it becomes a big joke to anyone who had been there longer than a year. My branch was also littered with people who were probably considered "unemployable" for the most part, and were just happy to have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more candid about our significance in the company. We know there is little to no chance for promotion. We know our job is easily replaced by outsourcing (or more sophisticated softwware). Don't kiss our ass and give us a condescending pat on the head (or a measly $5 starbux card) when we do something right. Anyone who has a half a brain can see through it and it's demoralizing.


  3. Good corporate mission, poor management

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Reed elsevier is that the overall mission to help improve the delivery of health information and to better patient outcomes is compelling

    Cons

    Very poor senior management and pay is on the lower side of the scale!!

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to value its employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    In a cutthroat market, you need to be in touch with all employees.

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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reed Elsevier provides a decent salary and package, compared to the rest of the industry, which is in dire straits.. Some nice co-workers made the experience pleasant on a day to day basis. Management is pleasant on the face of it, as it is most places in publishing, but gives poor, useless, or no feedback while a project is going on. It has a good reputation in an industry which has the shakes, thanks to diversified products that keep its neck above water.

    Cons

    There is poor communication throughout the system, a throwback to an era when things moved along at a lazy pace in publishing. But it matters a lot today. Heavy on the politics, even to the detriment of work time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication up and down. Reward outstanding contributors to the team effort.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 Management

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


  7. Good job for robots... not humans

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary and good coworkers

    Cons

    Everything else. The training department

    Advice to Management

    Seek advice and listen to your employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally 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.

    Cons

    No-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 Management

    Set some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.


  9. productive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some excellent talented people work there. Independence to excel if you know what you want to accomplish

    Cons

    lack of training (if that is required) highly political to the point of being ineffectual

    Advice to Management

    look up the facts yourself and don't let perception and the views of a few incompetents influence decision making and strategy


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work, can be challenging for an American to get ahead

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    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, they understand that employees have lives and the goal is to do your job not just show up in a specific location. It is a truly global organization so the opportunity to interact meaningfully with a wide range of people is very real.

    Cons

    Elsevier can be very euro-centric in how people are promoted and treated. When I was there it was much more common for Europeans to be promoted into senior U.S. based positions than the opposite. It came across as a glass ceiling for Americans. Getting things done can be tedious. There are layers of internal departments who main function appears to be form completion and project delay. This is common to many large organizations so it's not a unique problem. It did get worse over time though as more MBAs entered the business.


  11. Reed Elsevier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Editorial group was a pleasure to work with. Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere. Company sponsored events for employees. On-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Ongoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy. Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT. Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.



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