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RELX Group Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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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. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

    Cons

    Many positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place


  2. "Very large company and culture mindset"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very, very large company stability. The company has clear policies on HR, growth, travel, etc... I prefer small companies and working here was hard but always fair, always.

    Cons

    For me, the big company culture was hard. Things do not happen quickly and that can be a good thing if you can be patient.

    Advice to Management

    A little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fear is how most of us live daily!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!


  4. "Good benefits and opportunities to advance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence
    The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
    Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
    Difficult to break into executive management internally
    Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to Management

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
    Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.


  5. "A company in transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.


  6. "Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    European owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to Management

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.


  7. "Reed Elsevier"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Editorial group was a pleasure to work with.
    Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere.
    Company sponsored events for employees.
    On-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Ongoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy.
    Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT.
    Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.

  8. "Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

    Cons

    Rather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.


  9. "Good people with good opportunities for growth"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to Management

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work, can be challenging for an American to get ahead"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, they understand that employees have lives and the goal is to do your job not just show up in a specific location.

    It is a truly global organization so the opportunity to interact meaningfully with a wide range of people is very real.

    Cons

    Elsevier can be very euro-centric in how people are promoted and treated. When I was there it was much more common for Europeans to be promoted into senior U.S. based positions than the opposite. It came across as a glass ceiling for Americans.

    Getting things done can be tedious. There are layers of internal departments who main function appears to be form completion and project delay. This is common to many large organizations so it's not a unique problem. It did get worse over time though as more MBAs entered the business.


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