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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Too big to fail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Start-up organization that closed quickly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of leadership, no strategic plan for future development"

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, get to work with some very knowledgeable industry colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of management oversight, manager bullying, HR department has a complete lack of interest in employees, no training/education/mentoring, promotion virtually impossible unless you are close friends with upper management, no respect or concern for clients, out-of-date products and strategies, management will not commit to competing in the digital marketplace. Current leadership of Reed is more like caretakers than innovators.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management must pay attention to the conduct of middle/upper managers, listen to what clients are asking for and saying about us (anonymous surveys only go so far), prod all managers to support staff training and education, human resources MUST take employee concerns regarding management conduct issues seriously and address them, and take decisive steps to grow the product lines to compete in the modern academic marketplace.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Top notch company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They really care about the well being of their employees.

    Cons

    I couldn't transfer to another similar position.


  10. "Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good interaction with various businesses

    Cons

    Repositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  11. "Great to start career here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.



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