Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
97 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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32 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

  2.  

    Reed Elsevier

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

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

    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (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
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  5.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    productive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    Good job for robots... not humans

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary and good coworkers

    Cons

    Everything else. The training department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek advice and listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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