Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Great first employer!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I had a amazing time working at Elsevier! The company offered a supportive environment, good benefits and training.

    Cons

    The compensation wasn't great and there didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement and improve pay.


  2. Solid global corporation, but not brilliant at career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology in Oxford, England (UK)

    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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Very corporate but has its moments.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    Maybe be more proactive than reactive.


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  5. 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.


  6. okey

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low salaries, mangers are not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Please look beyond psycophants


  7. Good

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Business Environment is tough, salary growth is slow


  8. Not good, not bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    HMO, 24 leaves in a year

    Cons

    Leaves not convertible to cash, no allowances.

    Advice to Management

    Allowance, leaves must be convertible to cash.


  9. Pleasant and low energy

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor

    Pros

    Non-pressured work environment
    Employees are respected
    Global view
    Many long-time employees
    Family feel in some areas
    OK benefits and perks

    Cons

    Non-pressured work environment
    Too quiet and staid in some areas
    Sub-par pay
    In some areas too much management turnover
    Technology not advanced

    Advice to Management

    Need to move into the 21st century


  10. Simply Neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good work and life balance

    Cons

    Dissatisfied salary level compared with other companies in the industry.
    Sometimes more talk than work.
    Product launching is sometimes not very pragmatic.

    Advice to Management

    Better salary level
    Being more pragmatic when launching new products.


  11. Pleasant internal working environment but sometimes strained relationships with customers were unpleasant to deal with

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, excellent benefits and supportive colleagues, plus opportunities to work outside the UK

    Cons

    Company's excessive pricing policy in the past and ill-considered outsourcing (causing lower standards) has lowered reputation with more traditional customers

    Advice to Management

    Having been seen to leave 'premiership' paper publishing to rivals such as OUP, developing successful electronic business model is essential.



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