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

Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

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 people with good opportunities for growth

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

ProsGood people with good opportunities for growth

ConsNot interested in products we produce

Advice to Senior Managementuse more incentive based pay at lower levels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A nice place to work at but not the best place for really creative people

Copy Editor (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsThe best reason has to be the cafe experience; you can have really relaxing coffee/tea breaks here and de-stress.
secondly, the work culture is pretty decent.

Consthey can do better by ensuring that all departments coalesce for activities and support each other.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to take greater interest in what's happening at the lower levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pleasant and low energy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor

ProsNon-pressured work environment
Employees are respected
Global view
Many long-time employees
Family feel in some areas
OK benefits and perks

ConsNon-pressured work environment
Too quiet and staid in some areas
Sub-par pay
In some areas too much management turnover
Technology not advanced

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to move into the 21st century

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Good

Webshop Executive (Current Employee)
Chennai (India)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

Pros1. Good work Environment.

2. Stress free

3. Employee Friendly

Cons1. Ideas of the Employees in the beginning level with good exposure are not valued.

Advice to Senior Management1. Its time for a change to the E-Operation from the authentic publishing mode of job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Simply Neutral

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsA good work and life balance

ConsDissatisfied salary level compared with other companies in the industry.
Sometimes more talk than work.
Product launching is sometimes not very pragmatic.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter salary level
Being more pragmatic when launching new products.

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Nice place to work, can be challenging for an American to get ahead

Technology (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsGreat work life balance, they understand that employees have lives and the goal is to do your job not just show up in a specific location.

It is a truly global organization so the opportunity to interact meaningfully with a wide range of people is very real.

ConsElsevier can be very euro-centric in how people are promoted and treated. When I was there it was much more common for Europeans to be promoted into senior U.S. based positions than the opposite. It came across as a glass ceiling for Americans.

Getting things done can be tedious. There are layers of internal departments who main function appears to be form completion and project delay. This is common to many large organizations so it's not a unique problem. It did get worse over time though as more MBAs entered the business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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productive

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Waltham, MA (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsSome excellent talented people work there. Independence to excel if you know what you want to accomplish

Conslack of training (if that is required)
highly political to the point of being ineffectual

Advice to Senior Managementlook up the facts yourself and don't let perception and the views of a few incompetents influence decision making and strategy

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Oakbrook Terrace, IL (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

Prosgood health benefits for all employees and family

Conssenior management is inconsistent and makes snap decisions

Advice to Senior Managementneed to be more proactive and reward good talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Constant shifting coupled with no real change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsGenerally treats its employees well. Time off, working flexibility are good, pensions, benefit were good but have been getting worse. Work life can be very pleasant and measured, all the usual trappings of a company their size.

ConsNo-one's heard of the company. People know the brands but expect to explain how to pronounce Reed Elsevier (reed el-severe) let alone what they do. It seems like change happens at a glacial place. Management has been turned over several times in the last 2yrs, this, coupled with the downturn, has led to continued product stagnation and a general lack of overall direction. They've been steadying the ship but don't have a rudder or any wind the sails.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet some direction, communicate it, to the employees and to the market stick to it.

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Good place to work but below average pay and ot adjusting to changes to their market well

Sales Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

ProsFair treatment of employees, transparent policies, mgt. pretty good. They are recently becoming good at allowing movement to parts of the company but that is only recent. Finally, they are fair, in general, to employees, with some notable exceptions like every company has.

ConsNot reacting well to changes or attacks on their industry of information services and, as a result, not keepign up with internal and external changes in the industry. Need a dose of newew management that cares about changing with the times.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to do the actual job of a sales rep for a week in terms of barriers internally to sales and you will understand how bad that needs to be fixed. Do more to fix employee salary problems for employees to increase retention.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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