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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
79 Reviews

3.1
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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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28 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid company that operates under the radar.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Head
    Former Employee - Department Head

    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
  2.  

    Fear is how most of us live daily!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence
    The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
    Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
    Difficult to break into executive management internally
    Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
    Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A company in transition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    European owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. Advancement can happen if you play the politics right and are ambitious. Flexibility allows for internal job switching if an opportunity comes.

    Cons

    My personal experience was bad because I worked for the American publishing division which was eventually sold off. The division I worked for was in sale mode for nearly four years, and that meant very little investment in technology or business expansion. Overall, the senior management seemed directionless and inaccessible. There was little or no communication between the various divisions.

  8.  

    Reed Elsevier

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Providence, Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ

    Pros

    Editorial group was a pleasure to work with.
    Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere.
    Company sponsored events for employees.
    On-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Ongoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy.
    Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT.
    Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    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
  10.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, can be challenging for an American to get ahead

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Great work life balance, they understand that employees have lives and the goal is to do your job not just show up in a specific location.

    It is a truly global organization so the opportunity to interact meaningfully with a wide range of people is very real.

    Cons

    Elsevier can be very euro-centric in how people are promoted and treated. When I was there it was much more common for Europeans to be promoted into senior U.S. based positions than the opposite. It came across as a glass ceiling for Americans.

    Getting things done can be tedious. There are layers of internal departments who main function appears to be form completion and project delay. This is common to many large organizations so it's not a unique problem. It did get worse over time though as more MBAs entered the business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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