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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
98 Reviews
3.2
98 Reviews
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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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32 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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Low professional standards and no respect for experience and knowledge.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Benefits, but I don't really know how well these compare with other companies.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as disposable. Employees in the UK have no properly constituted representation and management are free to ignore workers issues on reorganisation. Professional standards have been lowered to match a cost-cutting mentality which drives the business, with quality as a distant secondary consideration. Innovation is being touted as the way forward but there is little evidence of this. Unimaginative management and a lack of real vision is holding back this development. Company is unwilling to invest in research and development and consequently is behind competitors in key areas. Company vision is too inward looking and too process driven to the point where what we do (to generate revenue) seems less important than how we do it. A cheap employee rather than an expert employee seems to be the prevaling vision. Not a plan for cutting-edge achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and value expertise and knowledge in your people. Uphold the values you advocate. Invest in the future and don't expect to get something for nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company

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    • 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
  3.  

    Opportunity, reward and job satisfaction: Reed Elsevier offers it all

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and opportunities for professional development and career progression. There are always jobs advertised internally that offer progression or sideways moves. The benefits are significantly better than other companies I've worked for.

    Cons

    Communication is hit and miss. Because the company is so huge, achieving consistent and regular communication with employees is difficult. As a result, not everyone identifies with the company's vision and objectives as much as they could. Collaboration across departmetns within a business unit is difficult; collaboration across business units is almost unheard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and give them permission to use their judgement, even if it means they bend the rules. Staff need to know that not only is it OK but it's actually impertaive that we try new ways of doing things. Embracing change is not easy for many people. Management can lay the groundwork in such a way that actively welcoming or even initiating change is the status quo, by making sure that people know that risk taking is allowed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Exciting place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great business challenges
    Great growth opportunities
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Bit academic, slow moving company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    lots of stretch assignments and ability to wear lots of hats

    Cons

    slow to adopt change or try new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice colleagues, Bad management

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    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the Netherlands full travel expenses covers, flexible working conditions 36 hours a week. Can be a nice laid back environment at times.

    Cons

    Working in finance department strangely there was no budget for training, you want to grow in the department, but you need to be working there over 5/10 years for this to be possible. Young management team who are not suited for the job. Very hands off management as well. They will bug you for one week every month to see why this and that hasn't been done, then tune off for the rest of the month. Office culture very cliquey. If you are in with the higher management you will go far and be better liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of problems all month long, not just at reporting periods. Do your job at escalating problems accurately and chase these up with the power you have as a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    RE Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    nothing much to talk about

    Cons

    Compensation, job security,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for! It is very relaxed environment with very friendly people.

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    Current Employee - E-Sales Support
    Current Employee - E-Sales Support

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

    Pros

    Very friendly folks, flex time, convenient location. Great kitchen area to prepare and have lunch.

    Cons

    May have to stay overtime in the busy season. This may include around 4 months at the end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more perks. Free snacks!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Progressive values

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    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away if you are thinking of working here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any anymore

    Cons

    Lots of cons.. In IT we have a reorg at least twice per year. They are always laying people off.
    Benefits used to be good now I can't even afford my own prescriptions. I spend $500 a month on health insurance and can't afford anything for myself. I have to choose whether I'll pay for mine, my wife's or my daughter. Can't afford all 3.
    Haven't had a decent raise since 2000.
    They are constantly outsourcing to India, Singapore or Philippines.
    Many people don't even get raises. When you do get one, it's 1.5% or 2%.
    They brought in a VP for 3 years who had the task of firing as many people as possible.. He fired so many people that there weren't enough engineers around to do the work. Engineers called them the Mafia because they all had Italian names and were all from New York.
    NO direction from executive management. They don't have a clue..
    Engineers support thousands of servers and get zero in the way of gratitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want those servers to keep running along? PAY YOUR ENGINEERS BETTER
    start listening to us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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