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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
85 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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31 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 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.  

    Fear is how most of us live daily!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some perks

    Cons

    Management that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
    Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
    Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
    If you disagree you're fired.
    No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
    No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
    I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
    Practice your own company values!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and committed to excellence
    The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
    Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
    Difficult to break into executive management internally
    Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
    Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    European 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.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    My 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.

  7.  

    okey

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low salaries, mangers are not transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look beyond psycophants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Reed Elsevier

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Ongoing 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Facilities, 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.

    Cons

    MATRIX 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Rather 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 ManagementAdvice

    Seek 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Business Environment is tough, salary growth is slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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