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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. "Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Advanced technology, global presence, more than three billion us dollars revenue.

    Cons

    Located mostly in midwest, and there fore not as easily accessible for workers in Northeeast corridor.

    Advice to Management

    continue developing internal cloud and scale to compete globally. Continue developing, currently excellent team of employees, this is a precious asset.


  2. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced products, excellent team, progressive company development, emerging markets, advanced services.

    Cons

    not many cons, however proven technology teams can be managed more effectively with delivery of more advanced products ( this is an issue of any large company and not just RE

    Advice to Management

    Be more strategic and drive internal innovation, for example addressing emergent on line services. Innovting through acquisition works as well, but then you need to retain advanced contributors, which is often not done.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "eProduct Sales Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! Pay and benefits are pretty good, lots of opportunity for growth! We really believe in what we sell.

    Cons

    System limitations result in lots of fulfillment and billing issues. Going through a period of chance and restructuring. Increasingly high quotas.

    Advice to Management

    Look for better ways to recognize achievements and motivate employees. Be more visible. Continue to provide sales with new products and tools to sell.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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


  5. "product manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  6. "Principal systems engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good strategies to be a digital company. Stable. Business models are ok

    Cons

    IT group want to align with. Usiness but still have not figured out since last 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Line manager Recognize the potentials of the good employees before dismissing their positions and their years of experience. Knowledge and expertise are walking out the door unrecognized
    Senior manager - chose line manager wisely with at least a master's or higher degree than the employees they are managing
    C-level. Make sure the company vision and strategies are implemented to the lowest teams the eco- system


  7. "Excellent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great mission and contribution to society
    - Talented management
    - Strong financial results allowing for good compensations
    - Very good employee atmosphere

    Cons

    - Not yet as innovative as we would like it to be
    - Not changing as fast as we would like
    - You need to find your own opportunities to progress

    Advice to Management

    The company needs more bold changes
    We need to invest more in technology
    We need to become more knowledgeable about our customers

  8. "Out in the trenches"

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

    Pros

    Lots of training and traveling, simple org structure, nice and brilliant colleagues. competitive wage and holidays. Can be long term if one wants to.

    Cons

    The work gets redundant after 6 months
    extremely hands on, one do all
    generally unhappy customer due to stringent commercial practice

    Advice to Management

    for a company this size stock option would be nice to reward and retain talents or loyal employees, incentives and benefits are not unified


  9. "Large company with global opportunities"

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

    Pros

    The company has a large global footprint. This opens opportunities to have a career in a lot of different places including telecommuting.

    Cons

    Those based out of a small regional offices have less exposure to the corporate experience.

    Advice to Management

    Employees in remote locations especially those in smaller locations have less opportunities for advancement and almost no exposure to corporate.


  10. "Very good work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance is extremely good in my area anyway, my managers are very approachable, the company is relatively well resourced.

    Cons

    hard to get anything done, some of the people in my area are quite cliquey and hard to get to know, I'm on a maternity contract and there is therefore little job security. I also don't really know if the job is as challenging or as interesting as initially "sold" in the interview.

    Advice to Management

    I'm quite happy with the way things are run by management. Most of the managers I have worked with are quite approachable and easygoing, although I do find it hard to get clear, consistent answers at times.


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