Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
85 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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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)

  • They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern Product Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Intern Product Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Facilities, good IT department, international atmosphere and welcoming people. Good possibilities to enter an International career in Publishing Bizz.
    Elsevier offers you international experience and looks great on your resume. I had some mixed experience with the company but with the right team and structure you would probably learn a lot.

    Cons

    MATRIX fixed company, not suitable for Interns with low academic background. Be more than just pro active, because their might not be any guarantee for you to have a plan.
    The HR department is not flexible so be sure you have a very clear (written) contract before you begin, to the details about what you are obligated to!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place you can plan a career or life at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    It's an old world book publishing company struggling to transition to a new world company. It is extremely challenging to see and help a company cross this technological chasm where the entire publishing industry is experiencing a severe transformation upheaval which has claimed many victims in the wake of its paradigm realignment. Reed Elsevier won't go under but may just cobble along. It is both exciting and frightening.

    Cons

    Ironically, depending on how you look at it, the pros are also the cons. For those willing to embrace this industry change and carve a new frontier, you will enjoy working here. For those less brave, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must re-instill the faith in employees and rally the troops through this industry change. Employees are uneasy and do not trust management. Turnover is high. Managers need to have 1 on 1s with their team and be brutally honest with them in the change to come and what it means to the employees. That honesty will endear the staff with management and help reduce churn to some extent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed Elsevier needs to get it's act together

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Global Presence with strong brand names in it's portfolio

    Cons

    Its not "What you know" it's "who you know" and "How Well You Know" gets you anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Senioer management out of touch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good products, good values system

    Cons

    Slow to evolve, cheap on IT technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Circular managment. Senior managment shoud seek reviews from staff about how mid management perform to get a full picture

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Technology is always up to date. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Because 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

    Cons

    All of the real work is done in India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure about future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great first employer!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a amazing time working at Elsevier! The company offered a supportive environment, good benefits and training.

    Cons

    The compensation wasn't great and there didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for advancement and improve pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice colleagues, Bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the Netherlands full travel expenses covers, flexible working conditions 36 hours a week. Can be a nice laid back environment at times.

    Cons

    Working in finance department strangely there was no budget for training, you want to grow in the department, but you need to be working there over 5/10 years for this to be possible. Young management team who are not suited for the job. Very hands off management as well. They will bug you for one week every month to see why this and that hasn't been done, then tune off for the rest of the month. Office culture very cliquey. If you are in with the higher management you will go far and be better liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of problems all month long, not just at reporting periods. Do your job at escalating problems accurately and chase these up with the power you have as a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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