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RELX Group Reviews

Updated November 16, 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 (4)

    "Stay away. Circling the drain"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work for a company for 20+ years and work my way up the ladders to senior IT.

    Cons

    This company is circling the drain. There are legacy products like LexisNexis and the Rosetta products that sit in an environment that is 10 years behind the times in IT standards. They will not invest any money on the aging infrastructure to keep it alive even though that is what keeps the lights on. The new Lexis Advance product is a nightmare. It suffers from amazingly poor design and javascript bloat. Executive management are MBA's and know nothing about running or managing IT.

    Every year benefits get a little worse. I spend nearly $10,000 a year on healthcare premiums and HSA and its not enough.

    Also most hiring these days is done through contractors or in the Philippines. I have not personally seen a new hire come into the datacenter in Ohio in 4 years. They have laid off most of the engineers there in favor of Infosys and Philippines offshore employees.

    Pay isnt that great either. They are about 15% below industry standards. They don't give pay increases anymore. They give 1-2% if you're lucky but anything extra you might get is swallowed up by however much less they are covering healthcare insurance.

    Last week they announced that they are moving development to Raleigh NC. They have been trying to kill off the datacenters in Ohio now since about 2008 so it looks like that will finally happen. They won't be offering relocation to anyone except for Senior or Executive management.
    In the meeting where the move was announced the Executives were all jovial and laughing and joking. Not exactly the best message to send to 5-600 people that are about to be without jobs.

    They are most likely moving to Raleigh so that they can hire recent college graduates and continue to pay less for employees.

    I say this to everyone and I mean it. Stay away from this place. Its a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Management wont listen but if perchance they do, they need to convince their IT people to move to Raleigh by offering better salaries and better working conditions. Just because you pay less for college grads and offshore people doesn't mean they'll know how to do the job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Coordinator/Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diversity, work/life balance, friendly working culture

    Cons

    Heavy workload, less innovative, need more new ideas and products

  3. Helpful (2)

    "eProduct Sales Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! Pay and benefits are pretty good, lots of opportunity for growth! We really believe in what we sell.

    Cons

    System limitations result in lots of fulfillment and billing issues. Going through a period of chance and restructuring. Increasingly high quotas.

    Advice to Management

    Look for better ways to recognize achievements and motivate employees. Be more visible. Continue to provide sales with new products and tools to sell.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not good for US employees"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-respected company, with continued profitability

    Cons

    For US employees, the European leadership is far away and does not honor the corporation's own core values, such as "Respect Our People"

    Advice to Management

    Truly follow the core values.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Division environments differ greatly."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate structure and benefits. From a RELX level, you feel there is a true desire to invest in you for future growth. Missions, policies, and core values are some of the best in the industry- not just on paper, but in practice.

    Cons

    Some individuals divisions within the RELX umbrella are run contradictory to the RELX values. When asked about open positions, I always ask "what division" before I encourage them to apply.

    Advice to Management

    Police adherence to the great values you have developed within all divisions. Environments are easily changed to negative, but very hard to turn back positive- Don't let those values slip away.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company, Legacy Brands...Innovation is Lacking"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at RELX Group full-time

    Pros

    See above...if you like getting lost in the sauce and just doing what is expected, you'll be here for years!

    Cons

    Digital progress is slow, too many silos...sales people falling over each other...


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Constant reorganization again and again

    Advice to Management

    Don't do it again

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're looking for a stable job, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    Employees are visibly invisible. Tier management flies in for quarterly town halls, which is usually a presentation of revenue for the current year and projection of the following year's expectations.
    Performance development is non-existent.
    No one will train you on anything.
    There is a pure disconnect between management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    See Cons. Do better.


  9. "Senior User Experience Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good, diverse & knowledgeable colleagues; easy work schedules; Decent package - pay, vacation, 401k contribution & health benefits.

    Cons

    Frequent re-shuffles in job roles; whenever there is upper management level changes, lot of changes trickle down and that leaves uncertain work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Do not make changes so frequently that would bring down morale in the employees.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Use you up and dump you - was much better years ago"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, multi-national media company that successfully transitioned from print to digital. Lots of diversity and interesting locations, projects and really great, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Executive management can be stifling and are often misguided by expensive consultants. Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes. The really sharp senior executives who get recruited and hired are smart enough to leave within a few weeks leaving behind backward-thinking mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Former CEO Sir Crispin Davis was dedicated but best known for his 10 years of continual cost cutting. His successor Erik Engstrom has continued that legacy with a spend-to-save mentality that drove the share price up but at great cost to the workforce - resulting in layoffs and eroded customer retention. Recommend focusing on employee value and contribution vs. rank and titles. The firm values and invests in leadership but not the required expertise to a large degree.


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