Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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. Director

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced products, excellent team, progressive company development, emerging markets, advanced services.

    Cons

    not many cons, however proven technology teams can be managed more effectively with delivery of more advanced products ( this is an issue of any large company and not just RE

    Advice to Management

    Be more strategic and drive internal innovation, for example addressing emergent on line services. Innovting through acquisition works as well, but then you need to retain advanced contributors, which is often not done.


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    Former Employee - Director in Lynbrook, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Lynbrook, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Good people at many levels and many smart hard working people.

    Cons

    Upper management has a view that everything positive is accomplished by them. Support staff does not get nearly the credit they deserve for any successes.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Use you up and dump you - was much better years ago

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, multi-national media company that successfully transitioned from print to digital. Lots of diversity and interesting locations, projects and really great, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Executive management can be stifling and are often misguided by expensive consultants. Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes. The really sharp senior executives who get recruited and hired are smart enough to leave within a few weeks leaving behind backward-thinking mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Former CEO Sir Crispin Davis was dedicated but best known for his 10 years of continual cost cutting. His successor Erik Engstrom has continued that legacy with a spend-to-save mentality that drove the share price up but at great cost to the workforce - resulting in layoffs and eroded customer retention. Recommend focusing on employee value and contribution vs. rank and titles. The firm values and invests in leadership but not the required expertise to a large degree.


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  5. Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company

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    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Advanced technology, global presence, more than three billion us dollars revenue.

    Cons

    Located mostly in midwest, and there fore not as easily accessible for workers in Northeeast corridor.

    Advice to Management

    continue developing internal cloud and scale to compete globally. Continue developing, currently excellent team of employees, this is a precious asset.


  6. Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    CEO 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 Management

    don'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.


  7. Low salary, company gutted.

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When 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.


  8. Reed Elsevier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Editorial group was a pleasure to work with. Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere. Company sponsored events for employees. On-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Ongoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy. Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT. Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally treats its employees well. Time off, working flexibility are good, pensions, benefit were good but have been getting worse. Work life can be very pleasant and measured, all the usual trappings of a company their size.

    Cons

    No-one's heard of the company. People know the brands but expect to explain how to pronounce Reed Elsevier (reed el-severe) let alone what they do. It seems like change happens at a glacial place. Management has been turned over several times in the last 2yrs, this, coupled with the downturn, has led to continued product stagnation and a general lack of overall direction. They've been steadying the ship but don't have a rudder or any wind the sails.

    Advice to Management

    Set some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.


  10. Not a Positive Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and average pay

    Cons

    Communication from the top is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do their job well.


  11. Helpful (1)

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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