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Elsevier Senior Software Engineer Reviews

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Elsevier Chief Executive Officer Ron Mobed
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  • Senior management wants to oversimplify book publishing by making everything conform to a model, which is not always appropriate (in 29 reviews)

  • Surveying employees on how to improve but then little to no change occurs (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Smart colleagues, nice work environment, good benefits"

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    • 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"

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    • 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."

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    • 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.