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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews in Dayton, OH

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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
  • 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)

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Cons

    not many and overall good place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure about future

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good location, decent facility. Employees generally able to balance work & home life.

    Cons

    Limited career path. Outsourcing / offshoring will probably continue. Other IT career opportunities in Dayton are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even a reasonably intelligent person can detect BS so don't give it to us.

    No opinion of CEO

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