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Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Manager of Customer Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Elsevier in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a phone call for a first round HR screening interview. About 10 minutes into the interview the HR rep said that she was going to put me in touch with the hiring manager, and we scheduled a call for the following week.

    My first call with the hiring manager went well and he asked me to come in to their offices in Philadelphia for an in-person interview. I had four interviews from which I gathered that
    (a) there is no clear culture at this firm -- one of the VPs I interviewed described it as a "world hard, play hard" culture; a Director whom I interviewed with right afterwards shook her head and said that neither of those things happened in the health care division, and that people rarely work late and aren't competitive
    (b) everyone thinks they could do a better job if they had better data. This feeling seems to extend to the point where there is an obsession around finding the one source of perfect data at the expense of building infrastructure to support customer anlaytics, which is the role I was interviewing for
    (c) there is an unrealistic expectation around how to support internal clients internally. A lot of my conversations revolved around trying to explain that the value of customer anlaytics should be measured by the value provided as opposed to efficiency generated by minimizing the number of analysts

    At the end of the day the hiring manager said that they would reach out to me the following week, but I didn't hear back for about a month, at which point they wanted me to come in again to meet a couple more people.
    The second set of interviews was more interesting for two reasons:
    (a) there was a small business-case-like conversation which entailed me solving a problem on a white board, which was fun and seemed to be a good example of what someone in a customer analytics role would actually do
    (b) during a conversation with a VP, when I mentioned the kind of work that I do, they said, "well, you work for a simple company with a simple business model; we're much more complex." I'm not sure whether that was meant to offend or to test my reaction
    (c) the hiring manager told me that I was one of the "finalists" and that they wanted me to present a case to their executive team as a part of the process

    Two months later, and after never having presented to their team, I was told that this position was filled.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you describe yourself as a manager?
      What do you think motivates people?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Elsevier in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The entire process was mostly informal. I sent my resume to a family friend who is a Publicist at the Philadelphia office and she sent my resume to different people around the company looking for summer interns. I contacted by phone and email by the Product Strategy Coordinator, and went in for an interview later that week. The interview was professional, a good mix of formal and informal. I was told that I got the position about ten days later.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would you be a good fit for this position despite not having any direct product strategy experience?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Straightforward.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    QA Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Interview was via phone. One of the more "techie" folks was a bit overzealous. Most of it was talking about previous experience, tools used, etc... If you know your stuff, you won't have a problem.

    Interview Questions
    • There really wasn't any difficult of unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Pretty easy process - I had applied a few times before and I finally got an interview. Met with the Hiring Manager and the department VP.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Elsevier in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, took 6 interviews (3 phone and 3 face to face) total process was 3 months. First interview was with a recruiter, hiring manager (future boss), finally the director. Verbal offer, negotiated, and accepted written offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Why don't you go into business for yourself.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Always negotiate, never except the first offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume and was contacted for a phone interview. Within a week I was called back for a face to face interview. I met with one person, the hiring manager, and spoke to that person for about an hour. It was very relaxed and conversational, with none of the less meaningful or trick questions - more just what have you done and how would that apply to this role. Within a week, I had an offer letter.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult. This was more conversational, so some stuff about where I grew up, personal experiences, though nothing unprofessional.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    We had already discussed salary and benefits, so there wasn't any negotiation at the offer stage. I already had a good idea of salary range for the job, so no surprises. Keep in mind that raises can be hard to come by here, so get what you can up front.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miamisburg, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miamisburg, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Usually a phone screen with some basic technical questions. My job uses J2EE so the questions will be Java and Java-stack oriented. Followup in-person interview will be more detailed technical questions. They usually only hire Senior engineers so be prepared to answer broad questions related to design patterns, performance and scalability, various J2EE-related tools (Struts/Stripes, Hibernate, Tomcat, etc.).

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to do pseudo-code to solve a math-based problem.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They are slightly flexible on pay but not on benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Senior Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews, one very professional, the other haphazard. The first interview was with a knowledgeable manager with whom I discussed the overall product and what they were looking for. The second interview was with a less experienced tech lead, who came prepared with off-the-shelf tech interview questions. The second interview didn't seem necessary, and was not a good use of our times.

    Interview Questions
    • "Describe a difficult problem and how you solved it." Although this is an unoriginal and dull question, it is still presents a challenge to answer. Difficult problems and their solutions rarely can be described in a few sentences.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Not a good fit.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Multimedia Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maryland Heights, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maryland Heights, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Elsevier in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Elsevier reached out to me out of the blue. I had done contract work for them several years earlier and they were looking to fill a position similar to what I had done. I am currently employed but agreed to a phone interview with their recruiter out of New York. The recruiter then scheduled me to interview in person with the multimedia department. The Director of this department is the one who originally contacted me. I interviewed with two individual hiring managers, one of which I had previously worked with. The interview went well and I was told several times that I was a very strong candidate and they were glad their boss had reached out to me. At the interview conclusion I was told they would be in contact shortly to set up a time for me to meet with their boss. Again, that was who originally contacted me. A week went by with no word so I followed up. The response was that things were moving slower than expected but they would be in touch soon. Another week went by with nothing. I sent another follow up with no response. Yet another week went by. I sent another email and again no response. Three weeks later and multiple attempts to contact them, I finally received an email from the recruiter in New York that simply said......Oh, sorry for the delay in responding. We have offered the position to someone else. Thanks for your time.... I attempted to call the person who originally reached out to me about for feedback about what happened and nothing. No response. No phone call, email or even a simple acknowledgment to my messages. It was very frustrating and disappointing to say the least. Extremely rude and unprofessional. They contacted me, not the other way around.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phila, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phila, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Elsevier.

    Interview Details

    Transitioned in from contractor - multiple in person and phone interviews

    Negotiation Details
    Salary and vaction
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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