Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
84 Reviews
3.3
84 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
31 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 4 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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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Solid company that operates under the radar.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Head
    Former Employee - Department Head

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very old, stable, multinational, science, technology, and medicine publishing company that offers excellent benefits and steady employment.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very independent minded and tends to get caught up in trends that cause employee frustrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more women to senior management and stop being so Dutch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

    Cons

    Rather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Had been a good experience working here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planning and Quality Control Executive  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Production Planning and Quality Control Executive in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Comfortable shifts, Transportation Facilities, Good Compensation benefits, Entertainment. Hygenic environment. No dress code.

    Cons

    Flat Hierarchy Structure due to which promotion is minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress on Transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    A nice place to work at but not the best place for really creative people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The best reason has to be the cafe experience; you can have really relaxing coffee/tea breaks here and de-stress.
    secondly, the work culture is pretty decent.

    Cons

    they can do better by ensuring that all departments coalesce for activities and support each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to take greater interest in what's happening at the lower levels.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Large company that is trying to break out of its traditional publishing mentality into a fast-moving data provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The company has a big footprint in many markets and is moving toward some new and exciting technologies/products. It is trying to promote cross fertilisation across its many businesses so there is often an opportunity to work in a completely new field if it is of interest to you. Also, the overall work/life balance is strong.

    Cons

    The corporate functions are generally quite removed from the day-to-day activities of the many businesses it owns. This means that it often acts more like an investment management firm rather than a head of a unified company. The CEO is very distant and culture/leadership from the top is not strong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to better integrate the group, creating an environment where corp managers are eager to engage you and offer innovative ideas. This will also increase communication, making it less necessary for us to provide you with the great amount of data you require which burdens the businesses more than previous CEOs.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    good health benefits for all employees and family

    Cons

    senior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to be more proactive and reward good talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work but below average pay and ot adjusting to changes to their market well

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Fair treatment of employees, transparent policies, mgt. pretty good. They are recently becoming good at allowing movement to parts of the company but that is only recent. Finally, they are fair, in general, to employees, with some notable exceptions like every company has.

    Cons

    Not reacting well to changes or attacks on their industry of information services and, as a result, not keepign up with internal and external changes in the industry. Need a dose of newew management that cares about changing with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do the actual job of a sales rep for a week in terms of barriers internally to sales and you will understand how bad that needs to be fixed. Do more to fix employee salary problems for employees to increase retention.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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