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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
83 Reviews
3.3
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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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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.  

    EDIT was great, now it is a shell of what it once was.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Because you can't find a better job, because the economy is so bad that you would rather risk pending layoffs than work fast food. Because you like creating designs for work being outsourced. Because you are afraid to do better

    Cons

    All of the real work is done in India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    Cons

    Complete lack of substantive communication from senior management. They communicate, but we have no clue why they do what they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure about future

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good location, decent facility. Employees generally able to balance work & home life.

    Cons

    Limited career path. Outsourcing / offshoring will probably continue. Other IT career opportunities in Dayton are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even a reasonably intelligent person can detect BS so don't give it to us.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Ups and Downs at LexisNexis

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Work is diverse and challenging

    Cons

    They are outsourcing the software and app development employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost is not the only solution to being "World Class"!

  7.  

    A Dead end for it staff in the UK

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    • 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 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
  8.  

    Solid global corporation, but not brilliant at career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I work in the Elsevier bit, in particular the Technology group, recently taken over by Dan Olley (2013). (Elsevier is the Science publishing group). The company used to be very bureaucratic, faceless, etc., a lot of tech talent got out-sourced. Olley looks like he's stopping this.

    And the openness has been changing in the last two or three years, it's a more friendly company than it used to be. The benefits are pretty good for the sector, and the salaries at the senior end of thing are relatively attractive when you're coming into the company. There are plenty of travel opportunities - mostly, in my case, to Amsterdam, Dayton (Ohio) and Philly. Internal communications used to be unspeakably bad, but is improving.

    Even if you think you know Elsevier to be a big company, the scale of it will amaze you. Ten years in, and I can still find myself in an office of 500 people without knowing a single person there, or even know what they do! Personally, I like this, but then I'm a loud-mouth.

    Despite what I'm going to say in the 'cons' section, I reckon I fit in quite well at Elsevier. It's not what I expected, but it suits for personal reasons (young family, blah blah blah). Probably best for self-motived extroverts.

    Cons

    The Oxford (Kidlington) office is a souless hole, especially compared with Amsterdam, which is (now that it's been revamped) a far more engaging environment. If you don't get an office in Oxford from the start, you won't get one. Compared with Amsterdam, where if you had an office (almost no-one does now), you wouldn't want one. The Mendeley office in London seems like a nice place. Philly and Dayton are ... well, meh.

    Ditto salaries - it will take YEARS to get any kind of promotion or rise unless you're on the management programme (and I don't think the Technology / IT group has a management / career development programme). The HR team talk a lot about recruiting talent, but very little about retaining it, or developing it (again, I can only speak to the technology group). I would recommend working here for a couple of years and then going elsewhere for career dev, and not uprooting yourself and the family for a long-term relationship.

    If you're ambitious in technology, it can be frustrating place to work. There seems to be a lot of people in the business side who have tech responsibilities and I don't know how that all ties together. Maybe it'll get sorted, but it's been like that for longer than I've been there and doesn't look like it's getting there. The story seems a familiar one from Dilbert: if you're outside the company you get taken more seriously... On the upside, once your projects get funded and supported, they get delivered and supported. This is a good thing, and I've been lucky in that all my projects have been successful - this isn't rewarded financially, but it feels really good. Some poor sods seem to get all the bad luck.

    The tech stack was more limited than it was - used to be MS throughout. Not so much anymore, although Oracle dominates the db side. The fulfilment systems are a hoot. Some of the ideas that come through are really exciting, which makes up for it (but you need to engage with the cool stuff, before some people get all negative about delivery), I find enthusiasm and engagement really helps deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Have some way of identifying your technology talent and developing their careers. The management programme seems to work well in the 'business' side, why not do something similar?

    2) Do something with the Oxford office. Almost anything. It's the second worst thing about the job, but it's close, it feels like a passive-aggressive library.

    3) The person who runs the Amsterdam office seems to know what they're talking about. As does Olley.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full-Time  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Full-Time in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very successful company; share price doubled in last four years; strong management; good vision; excellent products and services; innovative; treats employees well; good CSR. Unlike many competitors has crossed the chasm from print to digital and is on the forefront of big data. Worth the journey.

    Cons

    Still silos between the businesses; slow-moving at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. You have a great story to tell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    Is a well respected and established company

    Cons

    Culture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible/outgoing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A difficult place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for less than a 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

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