Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Good people with good opportunities for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to Management

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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  5. productive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good health benefits for all employees and family

    Cons

    senior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

    Advice to Management

    need to be more proactive and reward good talent


  7. Helpful (1)

    Constant shifting coupled with no real change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not enough annual raise the last couple of years

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Good job for robots... not humans

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary and good coworkers

    Cons

    Everything else. The training department

    Advice to Management

    Seek advice and listen to your employees


  10. Not a Positive Working Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  11. Logistics Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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



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