Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too big to fail

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reed Expo, the US- based division I worked for, is a leader in the exhibition and trade show space. This organization is strong at understanding the important touch points of a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    For many industries, Reed Expo's lack of authenticity and foreword-thinking activities hamper their effectiveness in that particular segment.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work to understand that an industry event is more than just the specific days during which the trade show is held.

  2. Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    Cons

    Overall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.

  3. Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    Cons

    CEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to Management

    don't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

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  5. Low salary, company gutted.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When I was there, salary was very low (about 60% of what it should be). This doesn't matter now as the company has entered into a JV and been gutted.

  6. Professioneel bedrijf met veel, maar specifieke mogelijkheden Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Een gerespecteerd en gevestigd bedrijf

    Is a well respected and established company

    Cons

    De cultuur is nogal bureaucratisch. Geen behendig gedreven processen.

    Culture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to Management

    Zou zichtbaarder/meer outgoing moeten zijn

    Should be more visible/outgoing

  7. Helpful (1)

    A good company if you're in the right location

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    Cons

    If you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

  8. Great to start career here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Organization is key. Work on it.

  9. Very large company and culture mindset

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very, very large company stability. The company has clear policies on HR, growth, travel, etc... I prefer small companies and working here was hard but always fair, always.

    Cons

    For me, the big company culture was hard. Things do not happen quickly and that can be a good thing if you can be patient.

    Advice to Management

    A little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

  10. Een groot bedrijf in wanhopige behoefte van een visie A great company in desperate need of a vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Afdelingshoofd in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Afdelingshoofd in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    International, hoogopgeleide arbeidskrachten
    Flexibele werktijden, ouder-vriendelijk
    Kans om hogere wetenschap te dienen

    International, highly educated work force
    Flexible working hours, parent-friendly
    Opportunity to serve high-calibre science

    Cons

    CEO is onzichtbaar, een muggenzifter zonder duidelijke visie voor de toekomst. Slechte strategie en uitvoering van offshoring en outsourcing leidt tot verlies van talent, slechtere klantenservice en inefficiëntie.

    CEO is invisible, a bean-counter with no apparent vision for the future. Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Word wakker en merkt dat de verandering die er is gebeurd is in de academische gemeenschap en onze nieuwe technologie-gedreven concurrenten. Kostenbeheersing en vertrouwen op traditionele producten is niet genoeg om ons bevoorrechte winstaandeel in stand te houden. Een nieuwe visie is nodig om klanten, medewerkers en aandeelhouders te inspireren. Probeer om de mogelijkheid van de Mendeley fusie niet te verspillen.

    Wake up and notice the sea change that has happened in the academic community and our new technology-driven competitors. Cost control and relying on traditional products is not enough to sustain our privileged profit share. A new vision is needed to inspire customers, employees and shareholders. Try not to waste the opportunity of the Mendeley merger.

  11. Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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