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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    A difficult place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    There has been better times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern Product Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Intern Product Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    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 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with great products but with inferior leadership at division level

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    Former Employee - Technology
    Former Employee - Technology

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

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Low professional standards and no respect for experience and knowledge.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Benefits, but I don't really know how well these compare with other companies.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as disposable. Employees in the UK have no properly constituted representation and management are free to ignore workers issues on reorganisation. Professional standards have been lowered to match a cost-cutting mentality which drives the business, with quality as a distant secondary consideration. Innovation is being touted as the way forward but there is little evidence of this. Unimaginative management and a lack of real vision is holding back this development. Company is unwilling to invest in research and development and consequently is behind competitors in key areas. Company vision is too inward looking and too process driven to the point where what we do (to generate revenue) seems less important than how we do it. A cheap employee rather than an expert employee seems to be the prevaling vision. Not a plan for cutting-edge achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and value expertise and knowledge in your people. Uphold the values you advocate. Invest in the future and don't expect to get something for nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a place you can plan a career or life at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    It's an old world book publishing company struggling to transition to a new world company. It is extremely challenging to see and help a company cross this technological chasm where the entire publishing industry is experiencing a severe transformation upheaval which has claimed many victims in the wake of its paradigm realignment. Reed Elsevier won't go under but may just cobble along. It is both exciting and frightening.

    Cons

    Ironically, depending on how you look at it, the pros are also the cons. For those willing to embrace this industry change and carve a new frontier, you will enjoy working here. For those less brave, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must re-instill the faith in employees and rally the troops through this industry change. Employees are uneasy and do not trust management. Turnover is high. Managers need to have 1 on 1s with their team and be brutally honest with them in the change to come and what it means to the employees. That honesty will endear the staff with management and help reduce churn to some extent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed Elsevier needs to get it's act together

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Global Presence with strong brand names in it's portfolio

    Cons

    Its not "What you know" it's "who you know" and "How Well You Know" gets you anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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