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Uninspired senior managment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

Pros

Great co-workers, until they left for better places to work

Cons

Management is so unknowledgeable about the business that they constantly hire outside consultants to tell them what to do. We've seen every one you can name. Bain, McKenzie, Monitor, PWC, and others. They even had an initiative one year on "Innovation." And of course, Crispin Davis hired an outside consulting firm and paid them millions of dollars to run an "innovation" program. Be innovative, or else!!! In that program, of the ideas that "won," and were therefore funded, none ever came to anything. The one I was most aware of was quietly killed after about two years, having achieved absolutely none of its objectives and having cost a ton of money. OF COURSE all this was funded by cutting programs for normal everyday business. True innovation, either by ongoing improvement, or leapfrog ideas, is smothered, because management doesn't trust people with ideas. They only trust people with MBAs from a specific handful of business schools and then only if they have had work experience with-- you guessed it, those consulting firms.

The senior management of Reed Elsevier Group doesn't know enough about the companies in the group to be able to assess the decision-making and leadership of the management teams for the divisions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Crispin Davis is being replaced. To the new guy I say: look very very carefully at what is going on, especially in the United States. Read all the reviews on Glassdoor.com about all the RE companies. There is a lot of concern and complaints about outsourcing, but even putting that issue aside, you need to be aware that the management of these companies is abysmal. Oh, and by the way, all that outsourcing? Check into whether the cost savings are really there over the long term. And further, what will be the ultimate incremental cost if you try to repair the significant loss in quality (a concern which is being brushed aside, as the message gets massaged at each level as it goes up the management chain).

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    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

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    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    Cons

    Complete lack of substantive communication from senior management. They communicate, but we have no clue why they do what they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    In a cutthroat market, you need to be in touch with all employees.

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Reed Elsevier provides a decent salary and package, compared to the rest of the industry, which is in dire straits.. Some nice co-workers made the experience pleasant on a day to day basis. Management is pleasant on the face of it, as it is most places in publishing, but gives poor, useless, or no feedback while a project is going on. It has a good reputation in an industry which has the shakes, thanks to diversified products that keep its neck above water.

    Cons

    There is poor communication throughout the system, a throwback to an era when things moved along at a lazy pace in publishing. But it matters a lot today. Heavy on the politics, even to the detriment of work time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication up and down. Reward outstanding contributors to the team effort.

    No opinion of CEO
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