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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
103 Reviews
3.0
103 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Art Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. I loved working there. The people there were all first class.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments
     helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adopt values besides greed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well managed, disliked by customers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Decently run media company that looks after its employees well (particularly the senior ones). It continues to perform well financially despite not being able to keep its customers happy.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very removed from the rest of the business. Constant reorganisations across the businesses and not a lot of communication from head office about what's going on means employees are often on the dark. Not really doing anything creative or innovative - it's a pretty conservative company. They've had a long decade of cost cutting. Not a lot of of opportunity for personal growth at head office. You need to go into one of the businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your star talent go away

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    lots of stretch assignments and ability to wear lots of hats

    Cons

    slow to adopt change or try new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    RE Review

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    nothing much to talk about

    Cons

    Compensation, job security,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for! It is very relaxed environment with very friendly people.

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    Current Employee - E-Sales Support
    Current Employee - E-Sales Support

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly folks, flex time, convenient location. Great kitchen area to prepare and have lunch.

    Cons

    May have to stay overtime in the busy season. This may include around 4 months at the end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more perks. Free snacks!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Progressive values

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Forward looking company with a desire to embrace new technology. Collaborative environment. Excellent benefits. Mature software development processes and good infrastructure

    Cons

    Incentive to work hard not rewarded and many associates only put in a minimum effort as a result. Some employees are practically tenured because of patronage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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