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RELX Group Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  • Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management does little to encourage research (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "RELX Group = Elsevier/Lexis NexisDecent Benefits,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RELX Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, Good Salary for new hires

    Cons

    Rotating Management, hard to get ahead


  2. "Business Controller"

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    Current Employee - Business Controller in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Controller in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Global exposure working for a Dutch based company

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for US based employees

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People to work with, flexible schedule, and the company has a noble mission.

    Cons

    Management is a mixed bag. Frequent turnover, infighting, and questionable logic applied to strategy from the director level on up has led to some inconsistent performance over the past 5 years.

    Upward mobility in the company is non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about the shift from being a print company to a digital services company. It goes beyond just making products that have a digital footprint or operating them as software as a service. They have to be good, and the supporting functions of your business need to be more tech savvy as well. It requires finding the right people with the right skill sets to meet the demand of the current market, and using folks who are entrenched with a mindset from the past 20 years of a business model that is dying isn't working.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Publisher struggling to become digital"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great work life balance

    Cons

    Limited advancement and poor management

    Advice to Management

    Consider more creative strategies beyond reor


  5. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    have independent space and lose to major transportation

    Cons

    opportunities aren't as plentiful as indicated at hire

    Advice to Management

    develop your staff and show commitment


  6. "Stableand reputable but a bit behind on the times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RELX Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very Stable with a very high retention ratio. Average employee is 8-10 Years.

    Cons

    a bit disconnected between departments due to the size of the company, and a bit antiquated in some of there business practices

    Advice to Management

    connect with Mid and lower management more.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Rough Acquisition Transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn at Elsevier. I feel like I have gained about three years of experience in the past year. The financial rigor has pushed me to pick up lots of new skills that I will certainly be able to take with me in my next positions. There are also many, many talented individuals who are absolute experts in their fields.

    Cons

    Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business. They do much more talking than listening.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to senior management is to let your downstream management finish what they are saying before you jump in to give advice, provide solutions, or discount what they are saying. Most of us have followed a philosophy of not approaching management with a problem without preparing to recommend at least one solution. Most of the time, when we bring up a challenge, it is to explain to you how we are already solving it. We are not bringing it up so that you can jump in before we are finished talking to tell us what to do. That leaves us with a feeling that you don't have confidence in us and that you think that you have solved the problem for us. And we don't get credit for facing and overcoming challenges on our own. Please, extend some respect to us and listen more than you talk when you ask us for a report on something. Or, at the very least, invite a discussion and not a lecture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Has Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worthwhile work. Great people. Has potential to really make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor managment. Business is suffering from an identity crisis.


  9. "The Standards....."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has 401K, benefits and home -office option

    Cons

    Limited career progression and salary enhancements


  10. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, 10-20hr work week during summer, good commissions, customers are easy to call on and want to know about new solutions.

    Cons

    Lots of change within industry as students are no longer purchasing in bookstore and prefer cheaper 3rd party sites like Amazon.


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