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"The people and work are great; the employee appreciation, not so much"

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Current Employee - Development Editor in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Development Editor in Philadelphia, PA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The people here are wonderful, and the work is very fulfilling, if a bit overwhelming at times.

Cons

They have zero interest in talent retention. They low-ball internal candidates, so you end up losing money if you stay here instead of looking elsewhere as you move up your career. Hierarchy is structured so that your direct manager/boss has no power, and very little ability to advocate for you. It's a real shame.

Advice to Management

Start thinking hard about the churn you've been experiencing, and what you can do to retain the good people you have. Competitive pay and company-wide WFH policies (instead of only for SOME people) would be a start.

Other Employee Reviews for Elsevier

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company with good pay and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is global, offers decent pay and good benefits. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Too many departments are understaffed and overworked, with poor management at the departmental level. Company is having trouble adjusting to the modern market. While still profitable, it's not the same as it was a few years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Pretending problems don't exist won't make the problems go away.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Unrealistic Goals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The people. Every office I has great people: intelligent, competent, motivated, personable and with a great sense of humor. I've made life long friends through working here.
    * Opportunity for advancement. Some other reviews complain about this, but I've never had a problem. In over 10 years, I've advanced through 6 different positions. The key is to be willing to learn new skills or change departments if necessary.
    * Travel opportunities. If you're in the right position, Elsevier will send you around the world to visit different offices or to meet with suppliers. They also allow you to take vacation days while abroad, so you can vacation in a foreign country with Elsevier paying your airfare.
    * Knowing that your work matters. It sounds cheesy, but knowing that I am advancing human achievement in science and technology makes me proud. The books we publish allow for new therapies, new drugs and innovations that improve the lives of millions of people. That's worth something.

    Cons

    * They will work you to death. Once you're beyond entry-level you are expected to work unpaid overtime, nights, weekends, conferences and travel internationally at the drop of hat.
    * Working for a company with offices across the globe means that you'll be taking work calls outside of normal work hours. If you're on the West coast, expect 5 or 6am calls on a regular basis. If you're on the East coast, be prepared to stay until 7 or 8pm. Lord help you if you work with Asia on a regular basis.
    * Unrealistic staffing. There's a heavy reliance on temporary workers over hiring more staff. Management leaves key departments with missing head count after someone leaves, almost to see if the department can manage the same amount of work with less headcount.
    * High management turn over. The "strategy' changes every 3 years or so. No time to see if the changes we've implemented actually benefited the business.
    * Shrinking benefits: 401K, dental and vision coverage are all still good, but the health care coverage is a joke now. If you or a family member take regular medications, be prepared for the prescription coverage to run out half-way through the year. You will pay full-price, out of pocket for the rest of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Top down budget setting does not work. It results in unrealistic goals, one-time sales deals and publishing choices driven by desperation rather than market need or strategic goals. This company has talented, experienced individuals in every department. Talk to them! They have the best idea of what your publishing pipeline looks like, what your sales leads look like and what sort of systems or workflow changes need to be made in order to meet revenue goals. You're wasting an amazing resource.

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