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RELX Group Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  • Upper management does little to encourage research (in 8 reviews)

  • People know the brands but expect to explain how to pronounce Reed Elsevier (reed el-severe) let alone what they do (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Morale at an all-time low"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with working hours
    Free coffee
    Immediate manager is generally fair and always available

    Cons

    Upper management disconnected and unconcerned with day-to-day operational challenges
    Zero training budget, no reinvestment in ongoing education
    Playing games with annual merit system: employee evaluations are skewed to meet reduced financial goals vs. giving honest reviews
    Incentives given based solely upon location and not performance

    Advice to Management

    Give it up, shut it down.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Outsourced jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice envionment, flexible schedules and offered paid overtime.

    Cons

    Little career advancement, pay was minimal, coworkers were shady.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "S&T books only cares about the short-term"

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    Former Employee - Acquisitions Editor in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Acquisitions Editor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people are the only reason to stay. Honestly, it was hard to leave them.

    Cons

    If you get a new role or promotion within the company, they will try to keep you at the lowest salary possible, even if you're not within the range for the position. This is an extremely short-sighted strategy. Anyone with two neurons will realize this and leave as soon as possible.

    Senior management has also taken a turn for the worse. We used to have some autonomy and ownership in our roles, but now everything we do is criticized and questioned. Tasks we have done for years one way will all of a sudden be rejected based on the whim of someone in senior management. With just one bad hire into leadership, every day is a battle to preempt some change in the winds. We're asked to spend our time on things that won't further the bottom line with no explanation. It's frustrating to be asked to spend my time on something extraneous when I should be focusing on activities that will benefit my portfolio. It seems like our jobs are getting much more difficult with no reason behind it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of leaders that don't lead well. Confidentially ask team members or conduct 360 reviews on your leaders to determine the ones that are a detriment to the team. Pay your team at least the market rates. This is essential to long-term productivity, gains, and health of the company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Political and biased towards promotions"

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule for family life.

    Cons

    RE pre-selects which employees they wish to promote and simply to through the motions of interviewing.Many talented employees went on to better careers elsewhere due to the biased management.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the quality of employees you have and how you should value and invest in them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Elsevier STL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maryland Heights, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maryland Heights, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RELX Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good people working there

    Cons

    Basing worker expectations on escalating page counts year to year adds greatly to rising stress

    Advice to Management

    Core principle "value our people" likely needs to be rediscovered


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The will work you to death"

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    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RELX Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary. My previous manager was great, I trusted him, but he left when he saw the direction our team was given. Very Smart Man.

    Cons

    The workload is very bad, you can expect to work well over 40 hours a week, every week. I had a year long project that literally consumed almost every weekend of the year in addition to working during the week and evenings. Current upper IT management is non-technical and is clueless as to how difficult and time-consuming it actually is to replace/install security networking hardware into an existing production environment. They got rid of two groups of experienced employees to replace them with "contractors".

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Let your employees actually have a life outside of work. Have reasonable expectations of what people can actually do in a prescribed time period.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RELX Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

  8. "Not a Positive Working Environment"

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

    Pros

    good benefits and average pay

    Cons

    Communication from the top is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do their job well.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles"

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    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is always up to date. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Too much politics. You have a lot of upper management that are international or have just recently moved to the U.S. and they carry a lot of the "in your face" European management style that may come off as rude.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. It's one thing to have open dialog with your direct team but people under them need to know you exist.


  10. "EDIT was great, now it is a shell of what it once was."

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    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Consulting Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because you can't find a better job, because the economy is so bad that you would rather risk pending layoffs than work fast food. Because you like creating designs for work being outsourced. Because you are afraid to do better

    Cons

    All of the real work is done in India

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.


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