Elsevier
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Updated Apr 19, 2014

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Elsevier CEO Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

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51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Generally good work/life balance in my department"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Smart, fun people to work with, fairly casual environment, good benefits and bonus structure"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Product decision makers often have little to no technological expertise"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Senior Management has completely lost touch with reality"
    in 11 reviews
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Nice work environment, benefits not too great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Elsevier

ProsNice work environment, friendly co-workers.

ConsBenefits are not too great.

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Education Solutions Consultant (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat content, leader in the category so instructors really look to you for help. Caring leadership and excellent new hire roll out.

Working to industry ahead of industry trends by adding adaptive learning, etc.

Gave me the tools and resources I needed to succeed. It takes a whirl to learn it all, but it is with it.

ConsNeed to adjust goals due to The Amazon Effect where students do not buy from bookstore.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! Great place. Lower goals or figure out best way to compensate for adoptions in addition to sales.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It works if you work it

E-sales Support Coordinator (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

Pros- Great for a first job transitioning out of college. Has a very laid back environment and encourages people to mingle and network outside of the workplace.
- It is very easy to get to know people and you can advance if you work hard and make yourself visible.

Cons- The sales department isn't very clear on boundaries. The "work hard/play hard" motto is encouraged but it can be hard to draw the line between work and fun
- In my experience, the salaries were not competitive with other publishers

Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to all levels of employees. There is hidden talent in places you may be ignoring.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Should be better though it isn't all bad

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood friendly and helpful people, flexibility with working hours

Multiple locations offers travel opportunities at home and abroad, benefits are reasonable but could be better.

Generally relaxed office atmosphere

ConsIncompetent mid-level management, advancement is often a case of who you know or how long you've at the company and it shows.

Too much outsourcing has cost the company dear in good employees and morale is very low in a lot of locations because of this

The focus on flagship products such as Science Direct has a detrimental effect on other products.

Customer Service is poor, not the front-line staff, but the tools used and the overall management.

Cost cutting, there's only so much you can cut, in fact there's numerous cases where it costs more than it saves, money isn't everything

Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the people who do the day-to-day work, not the managers, you'll learn 10x more

Visit offices unannounced, you'll be surprised at what you find

Give line managers the ability to reward good employees properly, we lose good people because they can't do so

Stop constantly re-organizing, create a strategic plan and stick to it, there's nothing more demoralizing as another round of changes

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Changing environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Elsevier

ProsWorking with Nursing and Allied Health Programs to assist students with obtaining their higher education.

ConsCompany currently going through a corporate transition with many changes in upper management.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease more focus on employee's in order to increase motivated staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pays well.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe company pays well, cares about professional development and has great benefits.

ConsThis is your typical corporate environment. If you don't care for human interaction and emotion - this is the place for you (depends on office location though). It's very stoic, and teams members tend to point blame a lot. It's hierarchical meaning - everyone looks to please their direct manager. Growing pains are slow and tedious. It seems a lot of people are insecure so they are quick to react if toes are stepped on.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions in a timely manner. Try to encourage a positive workplace interaction in all office locations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stay away ! Compensation issues and lack of employee mobility.

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsThe general employee work force are great team/folks to work with. .

ConsLack of correct compensation payments
Lack of employees career development
Under paid

S&T group is cutting workers pay and not paying sales for deals.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay folks fairly and value them

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A frustrating place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Elsevier full-time

ProsGood salary and benefits, and several excellent people make for an intellectually challenging environment. Comfortable surroundings and perks.

ConsSeveral weak mid-level and higher managers result in poor leadership and decision-making. Corporate mentality emphasizes meeting numbers without real regard to quality of work.

Advice to Senior ManagementReorganization this year forced a new structure that makes sense from a marketing perspective, but at the expense of real quality of medical products for end users.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall a great place to work.

QA Analyst (Former Employee)
Dayton, OH

I worked at Elsevier as a contractor for more than a year

ProsVery casual work environment, and a lot of interesting work to be done. Very easy to work around doctors appointments, kids, etc...

ConsMy manager tended to hide in her office. Wasn't a problem, unless you needed to speak with her.

Company tends to frequently lay off staff.

Can be difficult at times to get necessary information from some folks.

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Great opportunities

Executive Publisher (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Elsevier full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat opportunity for expanded experience.

ConsSometimes poor strategic direction and lack of communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementStrong and clear strategic planning well-communicated to all staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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