Elsevier Senior Software Engineer Reviews | Glassdoor

Elsevier Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
4 reviews

Filter

Filter

Senior Software Engineer

4.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Elsevier Chief Executive Officer Ron Mobed
Ron Mobed
1 Rating

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Senior management wants to oversimplify book publishing by making everything conform to a model, which is not always appropriate (in 30 reviews)

  • Puts work life balance on the lips but nothing like this in reality (in 13 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Smart colleagues, nice work environment, good benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, supporttive colleagues and a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Some processes can be quite bureaucratic, but things seem to be changing.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your are no longer a publisher but a software / internet company


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Mediocrity with benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits are great.
    - Job has a solid work/life balance.

    Cons

    - The company is a publishing company that thinks its a tech company. This leads to short sighted requirements and inadequate infrastructure support.
    - Constantly changing org structure. Significant realignment of personnel and objectives every other year.
    - Undefined career progression. Every developer is a Senior Engineer. There are no Junior Engineers and a handful of Principle Engineers but the work is all the same.
    - Good projects go to Philly. STL gets stuck with fringe/maintenance work.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the people who understand the technology.

  3. "Good company, easy to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Elsevier offers an enjoyable work environment where you'll be working with some talented and easy-to-get-along-with co-workers. They offer flexible hours and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Like every other big company it can be difficult (in software development at least) to expand your career options. Also they are very "process" driven in their software development - lots of hoops to jump through to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and let them do good work.


  4. "Great culture, nice people, office in central London, latest technologies"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture, office and people
    - Company is using latest technologies

    Cons

    Management have a lot of bigger picture goals and ideas, but they struggle to specify a clear road-map with clear goals and tasks to do for short periods of time

    Advice to Management

    Clear out your short-term goals to let your Employees to see not only a bigger picture but also goals that area achievable and doable

    Elsevier Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for your review. We take our goals and ideas seriously at Elsevier because we know they are critical to our organization’s success. Also, we always make employees feel they have a stake in... More