Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Would not recommend this as a positive place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    compensation and benefits were fair

    Cons

    very "European centric"; leadership not in tune with day-to-day activities

    Advice to Management

    more involvement and communication with employees


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Not a Positive Working Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and average pay

    Cons

    Communication from the top is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do their job well.


  6. There has been better times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with some excellent peers in my group and others, challenging work, with fair compensation.

    Cons

    Recent re-orgs an Albany office will be closing, while i expect to be able to continue a HBE, the impact to people I've been working with for years and to the city, where Matthew Bender has had a historical precence is challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, current organization is not well defined or understood.


  7. Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people. Most of the people I dealt with whether they be part of the shared services group, business controllers and finance teams of both the US and UK business divisions or even the AsiaPac team..all of them are incredibly knowledgeable and open to collaboration.

    Cons

    Unfortunately in 2013 there has been significant RIF(s) in the US in the operational and SS areas (not sure about what is going on in the UK) A good chunk of that talent has been taken away; the people that are left are being stretched to increase output without additional resources or improved infrastructure. Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal.


  8. Helpful (1)

    I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  10. The will work you to death

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  11. It's ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice office facility, recent upgrades

    Cons

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



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