Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
85 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 4 reviews)


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

  • They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Progressive values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Forward looking company with a desire to embrace new technology. Collaborative environment. Excellent benefits. Mature software development processes and good infrastructure

    Cons

    Incentive to work hard not rewarded and many associates only put in a minimum effort as a result. Some employees are practically tenured because of patronage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Work Experience

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    Good interaction with various businesses

    Cons

    Repositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing Internship

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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