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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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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. "Value People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working here is the best decision I made.

    Cons

    Reed Elsevier is a very fun place to work.


  2. "Very laid back atmoshpere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They have a laid back atmosphere around the office, people are friendly and usually willing to help you out.

    Cons

    Oxford office is in the middle of nowhere, next to Oxford Airport. If you don't have management on your side, you'll be feeling a lot of pressure and it's unfair how people are treated once they have been singled out.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the way people are treated and how to progress with projects. There are no quick, simple and cheap solutions, you really do get what you pay for.

  3. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journal Manager in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Journal Manager in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a thoroughly professional way of management
    very good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    They are not the best pay masters in industry but you get some perks like cab facility, strictly 5-day work week etc

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work!


  4. "Conference Content Executive Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conference Content Executive in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Conference Content Executive in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample training period
    Excellent manager
    Flexibility and independence

    Cons

    Less challenging and slow growth


  5. "Productive but boring work; pay and benefits are not competitive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Maxicare (healthcare benefit); clean and professional work stations; team family culture; interdepartmental social activities; outreach programs; family oriented company activities; yearly company teambuilding

    Cons

    Mismanaged teams; favoritism; no office shower areas; expensive canteen food; uncompetitive pay and benefits; questionable hires; questionable supervisors; work overload received from counterparts abroad

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate all managers and supervisors; apply grade system to pay and benefits


  6. "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.


  7. "Senior Sales Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Corporate Sales in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Corporate Sales in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    World's Leading Information Solutions provider for Health Professionals.

    World's leading Health Science Publishers.

    Cons

    Restrictions in terms of accepting suggestions and feedback from the people in the field.

    Advice to Management

    They have to hear to the people in the field who are in direct touch with the end Costumer or User.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rough Acquisition Transition"

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn at Elsevier. I feel like I have gained about three years of experience in the past year. The financial rigor has pushed me to pick up lots of new skills that I will certainly be able to take with me in my next positions. There are also many, many talented individuals who are absolute experts in their fields.

    Cons

    Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business. They do much more talking than listening.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to senior management is to let your downstream management finish what they are saying before you jump in to give advice, provide solutions, or discount what they are saying. Most of us have followed a philosophy of not approaching management with a problem without preparing to recommend at least one solution. Most of the time, when we bring up a challenge, it is to explain to you how we are already solving it. We are not bringing it up so that you can jump in before we are finished talking to tell us what to do. That leaves us with a feeling that you don't have confidence in us and that you think that you have solved the problem for us. And we don't get credit for facing and overcoming challenges on our own. Please, extend some respect to us and listen more than you talk when you ask us for a report on something. Or, at the very least, invite a discussion and not a lecture.


  9. "product manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    Reed Elsevier was one of the most supportive and fun environments i've worked in. good people, good benefits, good company!

    Cons

    could be political and slow moving at times.


  10. "sales executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Patna, Bihar (India)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Patna, Bihar (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really feel proud to be work with this company and the most important thing is that my manger always motivate me and I really feel proud to work with my manger they always givehim right direction i.e. very important for my life.

    Cons

    according to my work they have not providing good salary and expenses.

    Advice to Management

    if those employees who work with last 2 yr and there performance is excellent then pls promote for the full time position.


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