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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Apr 06, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 79 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal(in 6 reviews)

  • Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency(in 4 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good work life balance

    Senior Editor (Current Employee) London, England

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

    Conshard 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    • Culture & Values
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    Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company

    Director Engineering (Current Employee) New Providence, NJ (US)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work Experience

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Dayton, OH (US)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Procurement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood interaction with various businesses

    ConsRepositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing Internship

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Waltham, MA (US)

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

    ConsNot 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Orlando, FL (US)

    ProsVery customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

    ConsMany positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

    ConsSlow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok place to work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Dayton, OH (US)

    ProsNot a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Consnot many and overall good place to work

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

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