Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 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
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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, and mind-numbing work, but you can take lots of days off...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The company is based in Europe, so the attitude throughout the U.S. offices seems to be a tad more "Euro" also. Great vacation time, sick time, AND personal days. Managers are known for being fairly chill and understanding. There is also the opportunity to travel if you have been at the company long enough, and if you are lucky, basically.

    Cons

    LOW pay and VERY limited opportunity for advancement, even though management (via corporate)tries to act like there is, by requiring you to fill out a "personal development plan" that is basically BS. It is a genius idea to keep us motivated, but it becomes a big joke to anyone who had been there longer than a year. My branch was also littered with people who were probably considered "unemployable" for the most part, and were just happy to have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more candid about our significance in the company. We know there is little to no chance for promotion. We know our job is easily replaced by outsourcing (or more sophisticated softwware). Don't kiss our ass and give us a condescending pat on the head (or a measly $5 starbux card) when we do something right. Anyone who has a half a brain can see through it and it's demoralizing.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus

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    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
  3.  

    Nice colleagues, Bad management

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    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In the Netherlands full travel expenses covers, flexible working conditions 36 hours a week. Can be a nice laid back environment at times.

    Cons

    Working in finance department strangely there was no budget for training, you want to grow in the department, but you need to be working there over 5/10 years for this to be possible. Young management team who are not suited for the job. Very hands off management as well. They will bug you for one week every month to see why this and that hasn't been done, then tune off for the rest of the month. Office culture very cliquey. If you are in with the higher management you will go far and be better liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of problems all month long, not just at reporting periods. Do your job at escalating problems accurately and chase these up with the power you have as a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid global corporation, but not brilliant at career development

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Very corporate but has its moments.

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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great experience to put on your CV

    Cons

    Large corporate inertia rather apparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe be more proactive than reactive.

  7.  

    Work-life balance at Reed Elsevier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    We only work 8 hours a day.

    Cons

    Not a good company for IT fresh grads. Lack of trainings.

  8.  

    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    • 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
  9.  

    A great company in desperate need of a vision

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Department Head in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    International, highly educated work force
    Flexible working hours, parent-friendly
    Opportunity to serve high-calibre science

    Cons

    CEO is invisible, a bean-counter with no apparent vision for the future. Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and notice the sea change that has happened in the academic community and our new technology-driven competitors. Cost control and relying on traditional products is not enough to sustain our privileged profit share. A new vision is needed to inspire customers, employees and shareholders. Try not to waste the opportunity of the Mendeley merger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    okey

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance

    Cons

    Low salaries, mangers are not transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look beyond psycophants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work - Good talent and management - great products

    Cons

    Business Environment is tough, salary growth is slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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