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

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Updated Apr 06, 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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Pros:
  • "ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great benefits, work/life balance"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal"
    in 6 reviews
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Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsEuropean owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

ConsThe salaries are a bit low.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat benefits, work/life balance. Advancement can happen if you play the politics right and are ambitious. Flexibility allows for internal job switching if an opportunity comes.

ConsMy personal experience was bad because I worked for the American publishing division which was eventually sold off. The division I worked for was in sale mode for nearly four years, and that meant very little investment in technology or business expansion. Overall, the senior management seemed directionless and inaccessible. There was little or no communication between the various divisions.

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okey

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

Prosownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance

ConsLow salaries, mangers are not transparent

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look beyond psycophants

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

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Reed Elsevier

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New Providence, Union, NJ (US)

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

ProsEditorial group was a pleasure to work with.
Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere.
Company sponsored events for employees.
On-site cafeteria.

ConsOngoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy.
Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT.
Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

Advice to Senior ManagementMicromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.

Yes, I would 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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Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

Director (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

ProsReliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

ConsRather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

Advice to Senior ManagementSeek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Director (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat place to work - Good talent and management - great products

ConsBusiness Environment is tough, salary growth is slow

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

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Not good, not bad.

Technical Support (Former Employee)
Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

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

ProsHMO, 24 leaves in a year

ConsLeaves not convertible to cash, no allowances.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllowance, leaves must be convertible to cash.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good company to work for

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

ProsGood Salaries, development, company's potential

Consthe bureaucracy sometimes could be difficult.

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Had been a good experience working here

Production Planning and Quality Control Executive (Current Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

ProsComfortable shifts, Transportation Facilities, Good Compensation benefits, Entertainment. Hygenic environment. No dress code.

ConsFlat Hierarchy Structure due to which promotion is minimal.

Advice to Senior ManagementStress on Transparency

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

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