Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”
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3.1 79 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementlook up the facts yourself and don't let perception and the views of a few incompetents influence decision making and strategy

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    Prosgood health benefits for all employees and family

    Conssenior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to be more proactive and reward good talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGenerally 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.

    ConsNo-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 Senior ManagementSet some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.

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    Satisfied

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

    Consnot enough annual raise the last couple of years

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Logistics Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful 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.

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

    Senior Compensation Analyst (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsTechnology is always up to date. Great benefits.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

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

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

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

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee) Miamisburg, OH

    ProsBecause 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

    ConsAll of the real work is done in India

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Uninspired senior managment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsGreat co-workers, until they left for better places to work

    ConsManagement is so unknowledgeable about the business that they constantly hire outside consultants to tell them what to do. We've seen every one you can name. Bain, McKenzie, Monitor, PWC, and others. They even had an initiative one year on "Innovation." And of course, Crispin Davis hired an outside consulting firm and paid them millions of dollars to run an "innovation" program. Be innovative, or else!!! In that program, of the ideas that "won," and were therefore funded, none ever came to anything. The one I was most aware of was quietly killed after about two years, having achieved absolutely none of its objectives and having cost a ton of money. OF COURSE all this was funded by cutting programs for normal everyday business. True innovation, either by ongoing improvement, or leapfrog ideas, is smothered, because management doesn't trust people with ideas. They only trust people with MBAs from a specific handful of business schools and then only if they have had work experience with-- you guessed it, those consulting firms.

    The senior management of Reed Elsevier Group doesn't know enough about the companies in the group to be able to assess the decision-making and leadership of the management teams for the divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCrispin Davis is being replaced. To the new guy I say: look very very carefully at what is going on, especially in the United States. Read all the reviews on Glassdoor.com about all the RE companies. There is a lot of concern and complaints about outsourcing, but even putting that issue aside, you need to be aware that the management of these companies is abysmal. Oh, and by the way, all that outsourcing? Check into whether the cost savings are really there over the long term. And further, what will be the ultimate incremental cost if you try to repair the significant loss in quality (a concern which is being brushed aside, as the message gets massaged at each level as it goes up the management chain).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Reed Elsevier's clueless management

    Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsGreat salary. Very smart and experienced people.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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