Reed Elsevier Group

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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
85 Reviews
3.1
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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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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.  

    Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    Cons

    Overall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    the workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    Cons

    CEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Low salary, company gutted.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When I was there, salary was very low (about 60% of what it should be). This doesn't matter now as the company has entered into a JV and been gutted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    Is a well respected and established company

    Cons

    Culture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible/outgoing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years.

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

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

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Top notch company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    They really care about the well being of their employees.

    Cons

    I couldn't transfer to another similar position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good company if you're in the right location

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

    Cons

    If you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work Experience

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    • 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
  10.  

    Procurement

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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 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
  11.  

    Marketing Internship

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    • 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

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