Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 5 reviews)

  • They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Bit academic, slow moving company (in 3 reviews)

  • They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Positive, but Management neglects talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere to work Easy going and relaxed workplace Good benefits

    Cons

    Relationships are made a priority over work performed Changes are very slow

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your star talent go away


  2. The will work you to death

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    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary. My previous manager was great, I trusted him, but he left when he saw the direction our team was given. Very Smart Man.

    Cons

    The workload is very bad, you can expect to work well over 40 hours a week, every week. I had a year long project that literally consumed almost every weekend of the year in addition to working during the week and evenings. Current upper IT management is non-technical and is clueless as to how difficult and time-consuming it actually is to replace/install security networking hardware into an existing production environment. They got rid of two groups of experienced employees to replace them with "contractors".

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Let your employees actually have a life outside of work. Have reasonable expectations of what people can actually do in a prescribed time period.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Run away if you are thinking of working here

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of any anymore

    Cons

    Lots of cons.. In IT we have a reorg at least twice per year. They are always laying people off. Benefits used to be good now I can't even afford my own prescriptions. I spend $500 a month on health insurance and can't afford anything for myself. I have to choose whether I'll pay for mine, my wife's or my daughter. Can't afford all 3. Haven't had a decent raise since 2000. They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines. Many people don't even get raises. When you do get one, it's 1.5% or 2%. They brought in a VP for 3 years who had the task of firing as many people as possible.. He fired so many people that there weren't enough engineers around to do the work. Engineers called them the Mafia because they all had Italian names and were all from New York. NO direction from executive management. They don't have a clue.. Engineers support thousands of servers and get zero in the way of gratitude.

    Advice to Management

    You want those servers to keep running along? PAY YOUR ENGINEERS BETTER start listening to us.


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  5. Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Overall 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 Management

    Value your people.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.


  7. Work Experience

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    Current Intern - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Intern - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Hire 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.


  8. Ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Cons

    not many and overall good place to work


  9. Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant Difficult to break into executive management internally Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to Management

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices. Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.


  10. Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to Management

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels


  11. EDIT was great, now it is a shell of what it once was.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because you can't find a better job, because the economy is so bad that you would rather risk pending layoffs than work fast food. Because you like creating designs for work being outsourced. Because you are afraid to do better

    Cons

    All of the real work is done in India

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.



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