Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
83 Reviews
3.3
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
30 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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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Technology  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    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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  5.  

    productive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Some excellent talented people work there. Independence to excel if you know what you want to accomplish

    Cons

    lack of training (if that is required)
    highly political to the point of being ineffectual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look up the facts yourself and don't let perception and the views of a few incompetents influence decision making and strategy

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Generally treats its employees well. Time off, working flexibility are good, pensions, benefit were good but have been getting worse. Work life can be very pleasant and measured, all the usual trappings of a company their size.

    Cons

    No-one's heard of the company. People know the brands but expect to explain how to pronounce Reed Elsevier (reed el-severe) let alone what they do. It seems like change happens at a glacial place. Management has been turned over several times in the last 2yrs, this, coupled with the downturn, has led to continued product stagnation and a general lack of overall direction. They've been steadying the ship but don't have a rudder or any wind the sails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    great people, great salary, great benefits, very relaxed working environment

    Cons

    not enough annual raise the last couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Logistics Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Wonderful company with a close knit community of employees all working towards a similar goal of delivering a product on time. Each member of the staff knew there responsibilities and understood what made the company tick.

    Cons

    Pace was always quickened due to time sensitive objectives. Working till the job was completed was always something we had to handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to set beforehand a working timeframe when starting a workweek. Once this is established it will beenefit the company.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

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    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
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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