Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A good company if you're in the right location

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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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    Cons

    If you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

  3. Great to start career here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

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

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Organization is key. Work on it.

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  5. Very large company and culture mindset

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    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very, very large company stability. The company has clear policies on HR, growth, travel, etc... I prefer small companies and working here was hard but always fair, always.

    Cons

    For me, the big company culture was hard. Things do not happen quickly and that can be a good thing if you can be patient.

    Advice to Management

    A little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

  6. Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. A company in transition

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA

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

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.

  8. Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    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

    European owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to Management

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

  9. Decent Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. Advancement can happen if you play the politics right and are ambitious. Flexibility allows for internal job switching if an opportunity comes.

    Cons

    My personal experience was bad because I worked for the American publishing division which was eventually sold off. The division I worked for was in sale mode for nearly four years, and that meant very little investment in technology or business expansion. Overall, the senior management seemed directionless and inaccessible. There was little or no communication between the various divisions.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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