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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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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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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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    In a cutthroat market, you need to be in touch with all employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Reed Elsevier provides a decent salary and package, compared to the rest of the industry, which is in dire straits.. Some nice co-workers made the experience pleasant on a day to day basis. Management is pleasant on the face of it, as it is most places in publishing, but gives poor, useless, or no feedback while a project is going on. It has a good reputation in an industry which has the shakes, thanks to diversified products that keep its neck above water.

    Cons

    There is poor communication throughout the system, a throwback to an era when things moved along at a lazy pace in publishing. But it matters a lot today. Heavy on the politics, even to the detriment of work time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication up and down. Reward outstanding contributors to the team effort.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good corporate mission, poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Reed elsevier is that the overall mission to help improve the delivery of health information and to better patient outcomes is compelling

    Cons

    Very poor senior management and pay is on the lower side of the scale!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to value its employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, and mind-numbing work, but you can take lots of days off...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    The company is based in Europe, so the attitude throughout the U.S. offices seems to be a tad more "Euro" also. Great vacation time, sick time, AND personal days. Managers are known for being fairly chill and understanding. There is also the opportunity to travel if you have been at the company long enough, and if you are lucky, basically.

    Cons

    LOW pay and VERY limited opportunity for advancement, even though management (via corporate)tries to act like there is, by requiring you to fill out a "personal development plan" that is basically BS. It is a genius idea to keep us motivated, but it becomes a big joke to anyone who had been there longer than a year. My branch was also littered with people who were probably considered "unemployable" for the most part, and were just happy to have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more candid about our significance in the company. We know there is little to no chance for promotion. We know our job is easily replaced by outsourcing (or more sophisticated softwware). Don't kiss our ass and give us a condescending pat on the head (or a measly $5 starbux card) when we do something right. Anyone who has a half a brain can see through it and it's demoralizing.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure about future

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good location, decent facility. Employees generally able to balance work & home life.

    Cons

    Limited career path. Outsourcing / offshoring will probably continue. Other IT career opportunities in Dayton are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even a reasonably intelligent person can detect BS so don't give it to us.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    People, Technology A sense of ownership in the process.

    Cons

    Its diffiuclt to advance your career, no clear cut objectives and measurements for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Think about what it is you just forced the organization to do and rethink your intentions. Short term gain focus ultimately causes significant friction in the the long term. I think you only need to look at AIG and other foundering institutions who based many of their recent decisions on the short term gain and shor term shareholder happiness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Ups and Downs at LexisNexis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Work is diverse and challenging

    Cons

    They are outsourcing the software and app development employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost is not the only solution to being "World Class"!

  8.  

    Exciting place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Great business challenges
    Great growth opportunities
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Bit academic, slow moving company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good career prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Department in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Department in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Global exposure
    - Diversity of work
    - Training opportunities
    - Great people
    - long-term career

    Cons

    - awful politics
    - terrible health insurance - just been cut back for next year
    - Continual re-organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the company's core values is "Valuing our people". You might think that you're doing a good job of this but you're not. It's the little things that matter...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great first employer!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I had a amazing time working at Elsevier! The company offered a supportive environment, good benefits and training.

    Cons

    The compensation wasn't great and there didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for advancement and improve pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice colleagues, Bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    In the Netherlands full travel expenses covers, flexible working conditions 36 hours a week. Can be a nice laid back environment at times.

    Cons

    Working in finance department strangely there was no budget for training, you want to grow in the department, but you need to be working there over 5/10 years for this to be possible. Young management team who are not suited for the job. Very hands off management as well. They will bug you for one week every month to see why this and that hasn't been done, then tune off for the rest of the month. Office culture very cliquey. If you are in with the higher management you will go far and be better liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of problems all month long, not just at reporting periods. Do your job at escalating problems accurately and chase these up with the power you have as a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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