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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good career prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Department in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Department in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Global exposure
    - Diversity of work
    - Training opportunities
    - Great people
    - long-term career

    Cons

    - awful politics
    - terrible health insurance - just been cut back for next year
    - Continual re-organizations

    Advice to Management

    One of the company's core values is "Valuing our people". You might think that you're doing a good job of this but you're not. It's the little things that matter...

  2. Large company that is trying to break out of its traditional publishing mentality into a fast-moving data provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a big footprint in many markets and is moving toward some new and exciting technologies/products. It is trying to promote cross fertilisation across its many businesses so there is often an opportunity to work in a completely new field if it is of interest to you. Also, the overall work/life balance is strong.

    Cons

    The corporate functions are generally quite removed from the day-to-day activities of the many businesses it owns. This means that it often acts more like an investment management firm rather than a head of a unified company. The CEO is very distant and culture/leadership from the top is not strong.

    Advice to Management

    Work to better integrate the group, creating an environment where corp managers are eager to engage you and offer innovative ideas. This will also increase communication, making it less necessary for us to provide you with the great amount of data you require which burdens the businesses more than previous CEOs.

  3. Very good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in London, England

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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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  5. Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Solution Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Development in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Solution Development in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good prospects - good markets and nice environment. Good work-life balance and great people to work with. Compensation is very good, above market average.

    Cons

    Too many re-organisations and every year there is a squeeze on spending hiring etc to make the numbers, Very short term thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you get the long term career progression right. You are loosing too many really good people along the way.

  7. Exciting place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great business challenges
    Great growth opportunities
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Bit academic, slow moving company

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  9. Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Intern - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is really stress free and the people you work are very helpful since the average tenure is about 15 years and so they have lots of info to share.

    Cons

    There are occasional layoff seasons and I've seen two seasons in my 1 years working there.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young and innovative employees to build in house products as opposed to buying licenses and software that can be replaced with open source products.

  10. Procurement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good interaction with various businesses

    Cons

    Repositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  11. Marketing Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Waltham, MA (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, learned about many different functions and divisions. The work space was redesigned and improved allowing for better meetings and a more enjoyable atmosphere

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity. There seemed to be a high turnover rate with many of the employees having worked there for a very short period of time.

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