Reed Elsevier Group
3.1 of 5 71 reviews
www.reedelsevier.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jan 19, 2014

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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A difficult place to work

Consulting Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Oxford, England

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for less than a year

ProsInteresting location and some nice people work there.

ConsI worked in the RETS area. It's over-siloed, over out-sourced and good communication between teams is difficult. the on boarding process is fatally flawed. The net result is that it is very difficult to understand how to do your job. There's too much process and very little procedure. They try to do things the ITIL way and fail miserably in my opinion.

Advice to Senior ManagementForget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Engineer (Former Employee)
Miamisburg, OH (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

ProsCurrent technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

ConsThe use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

Advice to Senior ManagementControl the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than a year

ProsThe people.
Most of the people I dealt with whether they be part of the shared services group, business controllers and finance teams of both the US and UK business divisions or even the AsiaPac team..all of them are incredibly knowledgeable and open to collaboration.

ConsUnfortunately in 2013 there has been significant RIF(s) in the US in the operational and SS areas (not sure about what is going on in the UK) A good chunk of that talent has been taken away; the people that are left are being stretched to increase output without additional resources or improved infrastructure. Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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There has been better times

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWork with some excellent peers in my group and others, challenging work, with fair compensation.

ConsRecent re-orgs an

Albany office will be closing, while i expect to be able to continue a HBE, the impact to people I've been working with for years and to the city, where Matthew Bender has had a historical precence is challenging.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication, current organization is not well defined or understood.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

Intern Product Management (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFacilities, good IT department, international atmosphere and welcoming people. Good possibilities to enter an International career in Publishing Bizz.
Elsevier offers you international experience and looks great on your resume. I had some mixed experience with the company but with the right team and structure you would probably learn a lot.

ConsMATRIX fixed company, not suitable for Interns with low academic background. Be more than just pro active, because their might not be any guarantee for you to have a plan.
The HR department is not flexible so be sure you have a very clear (written) contract before you begin, to the details about what you are obligated to!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a place you can plan a career or life at

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsIt'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.

ConsIronically, 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Reed Elsevier needs to get it's act together

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsGlobal Presence with strong brand names in it's portfolio

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

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senioer management out of touch

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I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsGood products, good values system

ConsSlow to evolve, cheap on IT technology

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

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Come for the benefits, but beware of shady management styles

Senior Compensation Analyst (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsTechnology is always up to date. Great benefits.

ConsToo much politics. You have a lot of upper management that are international or have just recently moved to the U.S. and they carry a lot of the "in your face" European management style that may come off as rude.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. It's one thing to have open dialog with your direct team but people under them need to know you exist.

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EDIT was great, now it is a shell of what it once was.

Consulting Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Miamisburg, OH (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsBecause you can't find a better job, because the economy is so bad that you would rather risk pending layoffs than work fast food. Because you like creating designs for work being outsourced. Because you are afraid to do better

ConsAll of the real work is done in India

Advice to Senior ManagementTell the truth, don't spin. Employees are not as blind as you think.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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