Reed Elsevier Group
3.1 of 5 78 reviews
www.reedelsevier.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

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3.1 78 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsWork is diverse and challenging

    ConsThey are outsourcing the software and app development employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementCost is not the only solution to being "World Class"!

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    Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus

    Concerned Employee (Current Employee)
    Miamisburg, OH

    ProsPeople, Technology A sense of ownership in the process.

    ConsIts diffiuclt to advance your career, no clear cut objectives and measurements for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue. Think about what it is you just forced the organization to do and rethink your intentions. Short term gain focus ultimately causes significant friction in the the long term. I think you only need to look at AIG and other foundering institutions who based many of their recent decisions on the short term gain and shor term shareholder happiness

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unsure about future

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

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

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

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

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    Low pay, and mind-numbing work, but you can take lots of days off...

    Journals, Editorial Production (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe company is based in Europe, so the attitude throughout the U.S. offices seems to be a tad more "Euro" also. Great vacation time, sick time, AND personal days. Managers are known for being fairly chill and understanding. There is also the opportunity to travel if you have been at the company long enough, and if you are lucky, basically.

    ConsLOW pay and VERY limited opportunity for advancement, even though management (via corporate)tries to act like there is, by requiring you to fill out a "personal development plan" that is basically BS. It is a genius idea to keep us motivated, but it becomes a big joke to anyone who had been there longer than a year. My branch was also littered with people who were probably considered "unemployable" for the most part, and were just happy to have a job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a bit more candid about our significance in the company. We know there is little to no chance for promotion. We know our job is easily replaced by outsourcing (or more sophisticated softwware). Don't kiss our ass and give us a condescending pat on the head (or a measly $5 starbux card) when we do something right. Anyone who has a half a brain can see through it and it's demoralizing.

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    In a cutthroat market, you need to be in touch with all employees.

    Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsReed 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementBetter communication up and down. Reward outstanding contributors to the team effort.

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    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsGreat salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    ConsComplete lack of substantive communication from senior management. They communicate, but we have no clue why they do what they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Uninspired senior managment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsGreat co-workers, until they left for better places to work

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementCrispin 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).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Miamisburg, OH

    ProsBecause 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

    ConsAll of the real work is done in India

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The greatest publisher in the world-content wise, but a difficult place in which to succeed.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe largest publisher in the world, delivering critical material to science professionals that ultimately helps in discoveries to improve life and living everywhere.

    ConsThis applies to the books group only: Heavily matrixed organization, difficult to learn one's way. Systems need work. Change is constant. Sr exec sometimes insults/berates employees publicly and allows an environment for other employees to follow suit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior mgmt (books) needs to show more maturity in group meetings and people management.

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    Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

    Senior Compensation Analyst (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsTechnology is always up to date. Great benefits.

    ConsToo much politics. You have a lot of upper management that are international or have just recently moved to the U.S. and they carry a lot of the "in your face" European management style that may come off as rude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. It's one thing to have open dialog with your direct team but people under them need to know you exist.

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