Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

    Cons

    Many positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place

  2. Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

  3. Very large company and culture mindset

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    • Senior Management
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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.

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  5. Ok place to work

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Cons

    not many and overall good place to work

  6. A difficult place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting location and some nice people work there.

    Cons

    I worked in the RETS area. It's over-siloed, over out-sourced and good communication between teams is difficult. the on boarding process is fatally flawed. The net result is that it is very difficult to understand how to do your job. There's too much process and very little procedure. They try to do things the ITIL way and fail miserably in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.

  7. There has been better times

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Work with some excellent peers in my group and others, challenging work, with fair compensation.

    Cons

    Recent re-orgs an

    Albany office will be closing, while i expect to be able to continue a HBE, the impact to people I've been working with for years and to the city, where Matthew Bender has had a historical precence is challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, current organization is not well defined or understood.

  8. Neutral - Daily Routine Job

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Voluntarily attend more training sessions for your personal development.
    Transportation facilities.

    Cons

    Missing domain expert leadership of missing management group.

  9. 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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Fear is how most of us live daily!

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

    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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!

  11. Helpful (1)

    Solid company that operates under the radar.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Head
    Former Employee - Department Head

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very old, stable, multinational, science, technology, and medicine publishing company that offers excellent benefits and steady employment.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very independent minded and tends to get caught up in trends that cause employee frustrations.

    Advice to Management

    Add more women to senior management and stop being so Dutch.

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