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Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • good work life balance coupled with good benefits make it a nice place to work (in 12 reviews)

  • Also great benefits with 29 days holiday a year (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Old-fashioned senior management team who've not had experience in other companies and aren't open to new idea (in 7 reviews)

  • work life balance could be better (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Business Information full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I liked working here a lot

    Cons

    No real concerns, good company


  2. "Enjoyable company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Business Information full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Friendly working environment. Good team work. I feel supported by my peers and management. Good holiday (29 days) with ability to buy or sell 3 days each year. 2 paid charity days per year so you can give back to your favourite good cause. Global company. Ability to travel and work with and manage teams across the globe. Good share scheme (20% discount) - great RELX share price!

    Cons

    Difficult to get a decent pay rise - usually get 2% per year and if you over-perform maybe 3%. Only real way to get more is move jobs. Salaries are meant to be matched to the market, but they don't seem to be. Lots of focus on LN RISK as two companies work closer, so anything RBI is now small-fry. Starting to feel like 2nd-class citizen as the big LN RISK looms large.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the salary issues. Remember the RBI teams. We bring a lot of good skills to the RBA team. Remember we've been watching our bottom line for years so we know how to be lean and do well. Put our skills to use in RISK. Don't sideline us.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Technology Graduate Scheme"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Business Information full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good no strings attached training program (you can leave at any time without paying back)
    Foster collaboration within people in the scheme
    29 days holiday and decent salary from day one
    35 hour week, and you can actually do just 35 hours without looking like a slacker
    Regular salary increases

    Cons

    Some generic compulsory irrelevant training provided
    Stagnation after graduate scheme completion
    Information silos still an issue despite company-wide push for knowledge sharing

    Advice to Management

    Be more specific and flexible about the graduate scheme: allow for choice in training, inform about when salary reviews will take place


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  5. "Neutral experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Surrey
    Former Employee - Surrey
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice benefits, 29 days of paid holidays, 35 hours per week

    Cons

    Company culture should be improved. Many unskilled people on middle management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more skilled people.


  6. "Corporate environment, little flexibility"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - great socials, great busy building, friendly staff

    Cons

    - very corporate, little flexibility in the role, you are one of many other employees just a number


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, good location for someone that lives in surrey.

    Cons

    Stress, dreadful management, no progression. Certain departments are run by people with no clue what they are doing and don't care about the wellness of their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hand in your notice!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benifits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telesale Account Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Telesale Account Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big business, meaning career progression is there should you want it, even if you jump between brands within the company.
    Also great benefits with 29 days holiday a year.

    Cons

    None that come to mind


  9. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reed Business Information full-time

    Pros

    Subsidised canteen, coffee shop. South London locatioan

    Cons

    Run by the bean counters, everything is cost critical

    Advice to Management

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  10. "Overview"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Business Information full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment with leaders now trying to transform company on the right path

    Cons

    Could be more progressive and assertive in forward targets

    Advice to Management

    Moving ahead of industry curve


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Stuck in the past"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Business Information full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great HR benefits, 29 days holiday, good sick and maternity, share save scheme
    - Not a bad company to have on your CV
    - My colleagues (not management) are talented, bright. nice people

    Cons

    - Terrible atmosphere to work in, bullying from managers which is ignored by management and no one trusts HR to sort it out
    - Management seem to have zero interest in the customers, industry or staff. They arrive late, go home early, never in the office every day and just present below average presentations and go long meetings
    - No career opportunities, they have HR "talent " schemes but there is zero progression up. Too many pointless managers that have it too good so they will never leave of free will. They all seem to be waiting for a massive redundancy payout.
    - No flexible working, expected to clock in and out every single days. Flexible working is saved for management only

    Advice to Management

    Where to start?!?! Embrace change and new ideas, see your staff as humans not just robots. I'm sure the board and senior management knows how bad it is but they seem to be turning a blind eye.


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