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Overall great firm

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Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC

I worked at Elsevier

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great team of co-workers. Industry best publications. Great employee benefits program and overall a great place to work - just need to not let the upper level management in the dam get to you.

Cons

C level out of touch with business unit strategies and needs. Diabolical cost cutting measures with almost continuous hiring freezes or delays that affected product quality.

Advice to Management

Allow the individual in the business unit more scope for input into products and pubs. Also stop the "across the baord" hiring freezes.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good people at lower levels, but no grand planners!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Elsevier

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, and lots of job experience quickly. Because headcount is insufficient, you'll find yourself doing lots in various areas.

    Cons

    Elsevier is not good at developing talent. When I started here, there was almost no training offered to me. Management is consistently not developed as management--and the structures are such that particularly middle management cannot be effective. There is a disconnect between even mid-level management and those on the ground--there is a lack of understanding of what people are doing and an unwillingness to discipline or let go those who are not pulling their weight. Hiring is EXTREMELY political, particularly in certain groups, and criticisms are often personality-based. Elsevier is not a data-driven organization; there is little accountability for jobs done well and poorly, and lots of talk of "gut feelings" from senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Become more editorially-driven; create change by creating incentives for innovation and fund those incentives, rather than letting good ideas go un-executed or be poorly executed.


  2. There are lots of benefits to working for Elsevier.

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    Current Employee - Journal Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Journal Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Elsevier

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flextime, good benefits for self and domestic partners, opportunities to transfer or work from home, the right amount of supervision.

    Cons

    Time sheets are a pain, the office space (in Philly) is not optimal, communication across the different departments is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Communication across the different departments and offices could be better.


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