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RELX Group Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Erik Engstrom
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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. "Stunningly competent!"

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    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large, international, long-term focus, competent

    Cons

    Too large, not-local, overly goal focused, disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and actually do something productive. The counting of words to determine the value of an opinion is an approach that fails to take into account content quality and is only concerned with the amount of content.


  2. "Ups and Downs at LexisNexis"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

    Pros

    Work is diverse and challenging

    Cons

    They are outsourcing the software and app development employees

    Advice to Management

    Cost is not the only solution to being "World Class"!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Elsevier needs to think before it acts, look at all the other companies failing due to short term financial focus"

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    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Technology A sense of ownership in the process.

    Cons

    Its diffiuclt to advance your career, no clear cut objectives and measurements for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Think about what it is you just forced the organization to do and rethink your intentions. Short term gain focus ultimately causes significant friction in the the long term. I think you only need to look at AIG and other foundering institutions who based many of their recent decisions on the short term gain and shor term shareholder happiness


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unsure about future"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, decent facility. Employees generally able to balance work & home life.

    Cons

    Limited career path. Outsourcing / offshoring will probably continue. Other IT career opportunities in Dayton are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Even a reasonably intelligent person can detect BS so don't give it to us.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Low pay, and mind-numbing work, but you can take lots of days off..."

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    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Journals, Editorial Production in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is based in Europe, so the attitude throughout the U.S. offices seems to be a tad more "Euro" also. Great vacation time, sick time, AND personal days. Managers are known for being fairly chill and understanding. There is also the opportunity to travel if you have been at the company long enough, and if you are lucky, basically.

    Cons

    LOW pay and VERY limited opportunity for advancement, even though management (via corporate)tries to act like there is, by requiring you to fill out a "personal development plan" that is basically BS. It is a genius idea to keep us motivated, but it becomes a big joke to anyone who had been there longer than a year. My branch was also littered with people who were probably considered "unemployable" for the most part, and were just happy to have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more candid about our significance in the company. We know there is little to no chance for promotion. We know our job is easily replaced by outsourcing (or more sophisticated softwware). Don't kiss our ass and give us a condescending pat on the head (or a measly $5 starbux card) when we do something right. Anyone who has a half a brain can see through it and it's demoralizing.


  6. "Good corporate mission, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Philadelphia, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Reed elsevier is that the overall mission to help improve the delivery of health information and to better patient outcomes is compelling

    Cons

    Very poor senior management and pay is on the lower side of the scale!!

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to value its employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "In a cutthroat market, you need to be in touch with all employees."

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reed Elsevier provides a decent salary and package, compared to the rest of the industry, which is in dire straits.. Some nice co-workers made the experience pleasant on a day to day basis. Management is pleasant on the face of it, as it is most places in publishing, but gives poor, useless, or no feedback while a project is going on. It has a good reputation in an industry which has the shakes, thanks to diversified products that keep its neck above water.

    Cons

    There is poor communication throughout the system, a throwback to an era when things moved along at a lazy pace in publishing. But it matters a lot today. Heavy on the politics, even to the detriment of work time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication up and down. Reward outstanding contributors to the team effort.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Reed Elsevier's clueless management"

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

    Pros

    Great salary. Very smart and experienced people.

    Cons

    Complete lack of substantive communication from senior management. They communicate, but we have no clue why they do what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Tell us when the layoffs will stop. Tell us what the overall strategy is.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend this as a positive place to work."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    compensation and benefits were fair

    Cons

    very "European centric"; leadership not in tune with day-to-day activities

    Advice to Management

    more involvement and communication with employees


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Uninspired senior managment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, until they left for better places to work

    Cons

    Management is so unknowledgeable about the business that they constantly hire outside consultants to tell them what to do. We've seen every one you can name. Bain, McKenzie, Monitor, PWC, and others. They even had an initiative one year on "Innovation." And of course, Crispin Davis hired an outside consulting firm and paid them millions of dollars to run an "innovation" program. Be innovative, or else!!! In that program, of the ideas that "won," and were therefore funded, none ever came to anything. The one I was most aware of was quietly killed after about two years, having achieved absolutely none of its objectives and having cost a ton of money. OF COURSE all this was funded by cutting programs for normal everyday business. True innovation, either by ongoing improvement, or leapfrog ideas, is smothered, because management doesn't trust people with ideas. They only trust people with MBAs from a specific handful of business schools and then only if they have had work experience with-- you guessed it, those consulting firms.

    The senior management of Reed Elsevier Group doesn't know enough about the companies in the group to be able to assess the decision-making and leadership of the management teams for the divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Crispin Davis is being replaced. To the new guy I say: look very very carefully at what is going on, especially in the United States. Read all the reviews on Glassdoor.com about all the RE companies. There is a lot of concern and complaints about outsourcing, but even putting that issue aside, you need to be aware that the management of these companies is abysmal. Oh, and by the way, all that outsourcing? Check into whether the cost savings are really there over the long term. And further, what will be the ultimate incremental cost if you try to repair the significant loss in quality (a concern which is being brushed aside, as the message gets massaged at each level as it goes up the management chain).


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