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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated October 12, 2016
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Too big to fail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reed Expo, the US- based division I worked for, is a leader in the exhibition and trade show space. This organization is strong at understanding the important touch points of a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    For many industries, Reed Expo's lack of authenticity and foreword-thinking activities hamper their effectiveness in that particular segment.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work to understand that an industry event is more than just the specific days during which the trade show is held.


  2. "Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    Cons

    Overall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.


  3. "Start-up organization that closed quickly"

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    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    Cons

    CEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to Management

    don't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good company if you're in the right location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    Cons

    If you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.


  6. "Great to start career here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Organization is key. Work on it.


  7. "Very large company and culture mindset"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier 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.


  8. "Good benefits and opportunities to advance"

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    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 Reed Elsevier 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.


  9. "A company in transition"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.


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

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    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 Reed Elsevier 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.


  11. "Decent Company"

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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. Advancement can happen if you play the politics right and are ambitious. Flexibility allows for internal job switching if an opportunity comes.

    Cons

    My personal experience was bad because I worked for the American publishing division which was eventually sold off. The division I worked for was in sale mode for nearly four years, and that meant very little investment in technology or business expansion. Overall, the senior management seemed directionless and inaccessible. There was little or no communication between the various divisions.



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