Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
83 Reviews
3.3
83 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    There has been better times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for 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
  3.  

    Fear is how most of us live daily!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence
    The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
    Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
    Difficult to break into executive management internally
    Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
    Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

    Cons

    Rather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    good health benefits for all employees and family

    Cons

    senior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to be more proactive and reward good talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    great people, great salary, great benefits, very relaxed working environment

    Cons

    not enough annual raise the last couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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