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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 79 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal(in 6 reviews)

  • Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency(in 4 reviews)

79 Employee Reviews
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    Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsThey offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    ConsOverall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Start-up organization that closed quickly

    Director (Former Employee) New Providence, NJ

    Prosthe workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    ConsCEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low salary, company gutted.

    Data Analyst (Former Employee) New Providence, NJ

    ProsLots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    ConsWhen I was there, salary was very low (about 60% of what it should be). This doesn't matter now as the company has entered into a JV and been gutted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    ProsIs a well respected and established company

    ConsCulture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more visible/outgoing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years.

    Engineer (Former Employee) Miamisburg, OH

    ProsCurrent technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    ConsThe use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementControl the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company if you're in the right location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    ConsIf you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top notch company!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThey really care about the well being of their employees.

    ConsI couldn't transfer to another similar position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work Experience

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsThe work is really stress free and the people you work are very helpful since the average tenure is about 15 years and so they have lots of info to share.

    ConsThere are occasional layoff seasons and I've seen two seasons in my 1 years working there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more young and innovative employees to build in house products as opposed to buying licenses and software that can be replaced with open source products.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Procurement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood interaction with various businesses

    ConsRepositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time

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

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    Marketing Internship

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGreat environment, learned about many different functions and divisions. The work space was redesigned and improved allowing for better meetings and a more enjoyable atmosphere

    ConsNot much growth opportunity. There seemed to be a high turnover rate with many of the employees having worked there for a very short period of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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