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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 17 January 2015
Updated 17 January 2015
103 Reviews
3.0
103 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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35 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.  

    Art Director

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. I loved working there. The people there were all first class.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments
     helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adopt values besides greed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Use you up and dump you - was much better years ago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Large, multi-national media company that successfully transitioned from print to digital. Lots of diversity and interesting locations, projects and really great, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Executive management can be stifling and are often misguided by expensive consultants. Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes. The really sharp senior executives who get recruited and hired are smart enough to leave within a few weeks leaving behind backward-thinking mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Former CEO Sir Crispin Davis was dedicated but best known for his 10 years of continual cost cutting. His successor Erik Engstrom has continued that legacy with a spend-to-save mentality that drove the share price up but at great cost to the workforce - resulting in layoffs and eroded customer retention. Recommend focusing on employee value and contribution vs. rank and titles. The firm values and invests in leadership but not the required expertise to a large degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Well managed, disliked by customers

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

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Decently run media company that looks after its employees well (particularly the senior ones). It continues to perform well financially despite not being able to keep its customers happy.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very removed from the rest of the business. Constant reorganisations across the businesses and not a lot of communication from head office about what's going on means employees are often on the dark. Not really doing anything creative or innovative - it's a pretty conservative company. They've had a long decade of cost cutting. Not a lot of of opportunity for personal growth at head office. You need to go into one of the businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive, but Management neglects talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere to work
    Easy going and relaxed workplace
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Relationships are made a priority over work performed
    Changes are very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your star talent go away

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Exciting place to work

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great business challenges
    Great growth opportunities
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Bit academic, slow moving company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
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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

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