Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. It's ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Nice office facility, recent upgrades

    Cons

    Lay offs were constant for the many years I worked there.


  2. The will work you to death

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary. My previous manager was great, I trusted him, but he left when he saw the direction our team was given. Very Smart Man.

    Cons

    The workload is very bad, you can expect to work well over 40 hours a week, every week. I had a year long project that literally consumed almost every weekend of the year in addition to working during the week and evenings. Current upper IT management is non-technical and is clueless as to how difficult and time-consuming it actually is to replace/install security networking hardware into an existing production environment. They got rid of two groups of experienced employees to replace them with "contractors".

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Let your employees actually have a life outside of work. Have reasonable expectations of what people can actually do in a prescribed time period.


  3. Helpful (2)

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to Management

    adopt values besides greed


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  5. A Dead end for it staff in the UK

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

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


  7. Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. A difficult place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting location and some nice people work there.

    Cons

    I worked in the RETS area. It's over-siloed, over out-sourced and good communication between teams is difficult. the on boarding process is fatally flawed. The net result is that it is very difficult to understand how to do your job. There's too much process and very little procedure. They try to do things the ITIL way and fail miserably in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.


  9. There has been better times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Communication, current organization is not well defined or understood.


  10. Voorzie om individueel te moeten werken als je een stagiair bent Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Productmanagement in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Contractor - Productmanagement in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Faciliteiten, goede IT-afdeling, internationale atmosfeer en aangename mensen. Goede mogelijkheden tot een internationale carrière in de wereld van uitgeverijen. Elsevier geeft internationale ervaring en het staat geweldig op je CV. Ik heb gemengde ervaringen met het bedrijf maar met het juiste team en structuur zou je waarschijnlijk veel leren.

    Facilities, good IT department, international atmosphere and welcoming people. Good possibilities to enter an International career in Publishing Bizz. Elsevier offers you international experience and looks great on your resume. I had some mixed experience with the company but with the right team and structure you would probably learn a lot.

    Cons

    MATRIX gefixeerd bedrijf, niet geschikt voor stagiairs met een zwakke academische achtergrond. Wees meer dan slechts proactief, want er is geen garantie dat je een plan krijgt. De HR-afdeling is niet flexibel dus zorg ervoor dat je een zeer duidelijke (schriftelijke) overeenkomst hebt voordat je begint, tot in de details over je verplichtingen!

    MATRIX fixed company, not suitable for Interns with low academic background. Be more than just pro active, because their might not be any guarantee for you to have a plan. The HR department is not flexible so be sure you have a very clear (written) contract before you begin, to the details about what you are obligated to!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Company with great products but with inferior leadership at division level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology
    Former Employee - Technology

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    They have transformed their products successfully from print to all forms of electronic publishing. Their subscription models are excellent

    Cons

    In US - they leave division management alone to do whatever they please. The result of this omnipotence? Ruthless division CEOs/ presidents - who take the money and run. Employees worked nights and weekends to meet commitments - with nary an executive in sight.



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