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"Good Company. Stable. Great Benefits"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Elsevier full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

All the benefits of working for a large multinational.
Great health benefits
Nice professional environment
Nice people to work with
Great place to learn project management
Good work-life balance

Cons

Company can move slowly and is struggling to move to digital publishing from print.
Company is silo-ed and often if seems as if there are groups working separately toward common goals with no knowledge of what the other groups are doing.

Advice to Management

Better compensation + clear advancement paths and opportunities will help you retain good people. Break down silos and improve communication across departments.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Weak PSE Management that is still stuck in old Publishing print days, High turn-over, No Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - PSE Sector
    Current Employee - PSE Sector
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding to be a part of the educational transformation that is taking place in the PSE market with technology and digital learning aids that improve student outcomes. Clients are really great. Marketing product managers are a good team and willing to jump in as needed. Good brand recognition

    Cons

    if at this site, you are doing your due diligence in wanting to make the best employ decision for you. Be careful on this one. Management layer contributes little, shows little respect for the sales group and key account managers. Very MICRO managed focus ( no autonomy) . HIGH turn-over mostly because Managers show no trust or value your contribution. Only 35% of sales group hits bonus numbers so if you want to make $$ , evaluate carefully since its an annual bonus which they pay in MAR. Unattainable goals and sales data very unreliable.

    Advice to Management

    Replace or train current managers with leadership training and bring them into today's business climate. They are not relevant. Stuck in the "book business" which they rely heavily on. Not enterprise/strategic thinkers at all. Resort to leading by fear. Good talent leaving because of Mang. ...not because of deliverable. When 7 of 8 new sales hires are from the same competitor ( lower level) you have "herd-thinking" and no culture of independent /innovative thinkers. Hire outside of the industry...software/ information/ technology sales folks to really get to the next level and capture fresh ideas.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Easy to work hard for this company; big company=lots of politics and bureaucracy."

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    Current Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. There is a system or method in place for everything, so things are very regimented. Managers are allowed pretty free range to manage their specific team as they see fit. Large infrastructure. Huge company. Lots of freedom given to the employees (at least at my level) for getting work done and planning their own time appropriately, as long as they achieve their goals.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted because everything is so regimented. Not always clear what is going on in senior management. Must really play the political game in order to move up and keep favor with the powers that be. No holiday bonus. Must make goal, or you're watched very carefully, if you miss it by a lot, you're usually put on some kind of probation.

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