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Updated February 3, 2017
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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  • Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes (in 9 reviews)

  • High turnover rate makes for a very disjointed kind of atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun environment with some very smart people.

    Cons

    A bit of an annoying hierarchy exists.


  2. "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a) Year on Year Training

    b) Defined KPIs

    c) Work Life Balance

    Cons

    a) Incompetent Managing Director not so comfortable mingling with entry level executive. spends most of the time attending Global calls
    b) Incompetent HR, playing politics and not done the work in evaluating employees. HR all noise nothing done.
    c) Limited growth, no value for skills
    d) If you outgrow CTC to a specific level, then you are in danger of becoming redundant. If you ask the management for better opportunities, they may not be willing to give you
    e) Divide between global and local. Hence local achievements will be looked down
    f) Huge nasty nexus among senior leaders. They spend time in managing perception and guarding secret. No focus on improving operations
    g) Executive Vice President makes a visit every year and goes back saying everything is fine. We know everything cannot be fine at every time.

    Not so inspiring, if you are looking for real growth.

    Advice to Management

    Help people to grow, keep favourites and politics away from people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The perfect job if you need something steady..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Consistent schedule, good work/life balance, great department dynamics.

    Cons

    Management has their hands tied by corporate, making change near impossible.


  4. "World Class Employer"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I felt like I won the job lottery! Respect,and professionalism was priority. Absolutely pleased with all aspects of a career with Elsevier.

    Cons

    Can't think of any negatives.


  5. "Good place to start out. Don't stay too long."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good place to start out in your career.

    Cons

    The politics can be particularly picayune.

    Advice to Management

    Go see how other places are run.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrbile Management"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay but not worth it

    Cons

    No room for career advancement


  7. 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 Reed Elsevier 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.

  8. "Client Service"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefit, flexibility, decent pay and ability to work from home from time to time.

    Cons

    No room for growth, segregated environment, non professional environment at times.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and what they bring to the table. Have better opportunities for growth.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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