Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

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

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. Life at Elsevier

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great, Fantastic I enjoyed every minute of my time there

    Cons

    None. Arrive on time, get your work done, great place to work!


  2. It's ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Nice office facility, recent upgrades

    Cons

    Lay offs were constant for the many years I worked there.


  3. The will work you to death

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Find some other place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and the work in and of itself is interesting and rewarding.

    Cons

    If you are let go your boss will blackball you in the industry. Expect to know more than your boss does about the job, its day-to-day requirements, your sacrifices, and the product for which you are responsible.

    Advice to Management

    Cull the herd and get people in supervisory positions who actually know what their employees do for a living.


  6. Art Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Don't change.


  7. Helpful (2)

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    adopt values besides greed


  8. Helpful (5)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. Well managed, disliked by customers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of stretch assignments and ability to wear lots of hats

    Cons

    slow to adopt change or try new ideas



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