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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated May 18, 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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Pros
  • They ensure we have a work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • good people, good benefits, good company (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business (in 9 reviews)

  • High turnover rate makes for a very disjointed kind of atmosphere (in 3 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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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

    "A company being strangled by its pursuit for the bottom line."

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for RE looks good on your CV, because people that haven't worked for the company think it's a slick operation (if only they knew what a shambles it actually was). You're allowed flexibility in your role and your hours, but this due to the effectiveness of the line management, not the senior management.

    Cons

    The constant risk of redundancy is the biggest downside. There has been wholesale carnage across the UK, which doesn't seem to have been thought through properly, as it has been done to relocate roles and not to "trim the fat". It has led to a massive loss of skill and experience, the cost of which is difficult to estimate.

    Advice to Management

    Look more carefully into the long-term costs of redundancy, it's possible that RE has dug a whole that will take a long time to climb out of. Particularly if those made redundant find themselves working for your competitors.


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  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. "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


  9. 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.


  10. "Toonaangevende uitgever"

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    Former Employee - Financieel in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Financieel in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bekend en gerespecteerd bedrijf. Goede mensen die bereid zijn hun ervaringen te delen. Zeer succesvolle overgang van business modellen, van een traditionele drukkerij naar een online uitgever van wereldklasse.

    Ik vond de compensatie zeer concurrerend, dat is nooit een bezwaar voor mij geweest, vooral als er rekening wordt gehouden met andere voordelen, zoals vakantiedagen, ATV, enz.

    Cons

    Leiding van Elsevier met het huidige management overgegaan van gezond verstand en gezond oordeel naar koude berekende aandeelhouders. Grote revisie vond plaats in de financiele afdeling, vooral wegens problemen met de "nieuwe" CFO. Hoge omzet, met name in Financien

    Advice to Management

    Een meer lange termijn visie hebben


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Reed Elsevier's clueless management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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