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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
104 Reviews
3.0
104 Reviews
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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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36 Ratings

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.  

    Large company that is trying to break out of its traditional publishing mentality into a fast-moving data provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The company has a big footprint in many markets and is moving toward some new and exciting technologies/products. It is trying to promote cross fertilisation across its many businesses so there is often an opportunity to work in a completely new field if it is of interest to you. Also, the overall work/life balance is strong.

    Cons

    The corporate functions are generally quite removed from the day-to-day activities of the many businesses it owns. This means that it often acts more like an investment management firm rather than a head of a unified company. The CEO is very distant and culture/leadership from the top is not strong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to better integrate the group, creating an environment where corp managers are eager to engage you and offer innovative ideas. This will also increase communication, making it less necessary for us to provide you with the great amount of data you require which burdens the businesses more than previous CEOs.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Dynamic, innovative fast paced work place. State of the art technologies integrated through scientific publications.

    Cons

    My be to large of a company. You may get lost in the crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closely to the representative on the street who are the eyes and ears of the company. The outside reps. are the pulse of the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work but below average pay and ot adjusting to changes to their market well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Fair treatment of employees, transparent policies, mgt. pretty good. They are recently becoming good at allowing movement to parts of the company but that is only recent. Finally, they are fair, in general, to employees, with some notable exceptions like every company has.

    Cons

    Not reacting well to changes or attacks on their industry of information services and, as a result, not keepign up with internal and external changes in the industry. Need a dose of newew management that cares about changing with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do the actual job of a sales rep for a week in terms of barriers internally to sales and you will understand how bad that needs to be fixed. Do more to fix employee salary problems for employees to increase retention.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    work life balance is extremely good in my area anyway, my managers are very approachable, the company is relatively well resourced.

    Cons

    hard to get anything done, some of the people in my area are quite cliquey and hard to get to know, I'm on a maternity contract and there is therefore little job security. I also don't really know if the job is as challenging or as interesting as initially "sold" in the interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm quite happy with the way things are run by management. Most of the managers I have worked with are quite approachable and easygoing, although I do find it hard to get clear, consistent answers at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Large company with global opportunities

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The company has a large global footprint. This opens opportunities to have a career in a lot of different places including telecommuting.

    Cons

    Those based out of a small regional offices have less exposure to the corporate experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees in remote locations especially those in smaller locations have less opportunities for advancement and almost no exposure to corporate.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Out in the trenches

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Lots of training and traveling, simple org structure, nice and brilliant colleagues. competitive wage and holidays. Can be long term if one wants to.

    Cons

    The work gets redundant after 6 months
    extremely hands on, one do all
    generally unhappy customer due to stringent commercial practice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    for a company this size stock option would be nice to reward and retain talents or loyal employees, incentives and benefits are not unified

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    - Great mission and contribution to society
    - Talented management
    - Strong financial results allowing for good compensations
    - Very good employee atmosphere

    Cons

    - Not yet as innovative as we would like it to be
    - Not changing as fast as we would like
    - You need to find your own opportunities to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs more bold changes
    We need to invest more in technology
    We need to become more knowledgeable about our customers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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