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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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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. Helpful (2)

    "I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "good product managers, unfortunate business strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments
     helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to Management

    adopt values besides greed


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The will work you to death"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary. My previous manager was great, I trusted him, but he left when he saw the direction our team was given. Very Smart Man.

    Cons

    The workload is very bad, you can expect to work well over 40 hours a week, every week. I had a year long project that literally consumed almost every weekend of the year in addition to working during the week and evenings. Current upper IT management is non-technical and is clueless as to how difficult and time-consuming it actually is to replace/install security networking hardware into an existing production environment. They got rid of two groups of experienced employees to replace them with "contractors".

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Let your employees actually have a life outside of work. Have reasonable expectations of what people can actually do in a prescribed time period.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's ok"

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

    Pros

    Nice office facility, recent upgrades

    Cons

    Lay offs were constant for the many years I worked there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Political and biased towards promotions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Outsourced jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Senioer management out of touch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, good values system

    Cons

    Slow to evolve, cheap on IT technology

    Advice to Management

    Circular managment. Senior managment shoud seek reviews from staff about how mid management perform to get a full picture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Reed Elsevier needs to get it's act together"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Presence with strong brand names in it's portfolio

    Cons

    Its not "What you know" it's "who you know" and "How Well You Know" gets you anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Please wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late


  11. "Not a place you can plan a career or life at"

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

    Pros

    It's an old world book publishing company struggling to transition to a new world company. It is extremely challenging to see and help a company cross this technological chasm where the entire publishing industry is experiencing a severe transformation upheaval which has claimed many victims in the wake of its paradigm realignment. Reed Elsevier won't go under but may just cobble along. It is both exciting and frightening.

    Cons

    Ironically, depending on how you look at it, the pros are also the cons. For those willing to embrace this industry change and carve a new frontier, you will enjoy working here. For those less brave, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    You must re-instill the faith in employees and rally the troops through this industry change. Employees are uneasy and do not trust management. Turnover is high. Managers need to have 1 on 1s with their team and be brutally honest with them in the change to come and what it means to the employees. That honesty will endear the staff with management and help reduce churn to some extent.



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