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Updated 13 Jun 2019

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3.4
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58%
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Kumsal Bayazit
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "Company provides great work life balance(in 93 reviews)

  • "Flexible work hours, low stress and decent benefits are good at Elsevier(in 55 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Elsevier for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great opportunities to learn new things, exciting technology

    Cons

    Not much bad to say, really.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Elsevier2019-01-22

    Elsevier Response

    March 1, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your review.

  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineering Manager in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Diverse technology and business teams - Supportive Management - Great technologies

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Elsevier2019-05-16
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Control, rather than people oriented"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    General culture is supportive. The mission is good, we want to help Science. Life work balance is very good at junior-mid levels.

    Cons

    Claim to be a people business is false, especially in technology. CIO is very control oriented, which is demonstrated in turnover of senior staff. Product organisation is much more focused on people.

    Elsevier2019-06-06
  4. "EA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time

    Pros

    Provide products that help STEM

    Cons

    Sometimes things can take a bit longer to happen

    Elsevier2019-04-29

    Elsevier Response

    April 30, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

  5. "Outdated technology, not truly agile, heavy reliance on contractors based abroad"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Team members are mostly contractors based abroad, which makes it difficult to collaborate and practices like pair programming are nonexistent. This is probably just down to luck based on the team you join, as I know this experience isn't universal across the company. Low pay rises, bonus isnt competitive. Oxford offices are hideous, and have terrible facilities (e.g. There's no food options nearby so your only option...

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    Elsevier2019-05-02

    Elsevier Response

    May 2, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for your review. We sometimes use contractors due to project peaks. At Elsevier, we encourage collaboration across locations because it allows us to bring varied talents together, and it helps us to further develop a pool of different skills and knowledge. We offer a ...

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  6. "Decent company; variable tech"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance - Working on some genuinely interesting problems - The company is consciously trying to pivot to become better

    Cons

    - Too much product focus at the expense of tech - Dealing with legacy systems is not a priority -> leads to accumulating too much technical debt that slows down progress - Still a bit siloed - You can easily get boxed in into a dull routine of fixing broken stuff and give up any hopes of anything better

    Advice to Management

    - Clarify the job titles and make them more reflective of what the people actually do - Pay a bit more attention to the technologists opinion - Work-life balance is approached very well - a bit more structured technical support would make it even better (e.g. it's easy to make those working from home feel left out. Better video conferencing solutions help in that a big way) - Talk about people and their mid-term career...

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    Elsevier2019-04-13

    Elsevier Response

    April 30, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. At Elsevier, we are all responsible for our own development and careers, with support from our managers through career development conversations, action planning and ongoing coaching. We are committed to a fair, equitable and ...

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  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier

    Pros

    Lots to learn, flexible and open environment

    Cons

    Can feel too big at times, keeping track of people from different parts of the org can get overwhelming

    Elsevier2019-03-27

    Elsevier Response

    April 3, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for your review.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "They Are Nothing Special"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kidlington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Time off to do charity work, there is always a lot of job opportunities due to high staff turn-over. Lucrative if a contractor. They talk the talk.

    Cons

    Poorly paid FTC, salary increase locked to 10% max per year. Authority given to very inexperienced people. Consistently make bad technical decisions. Money not set aside for training. All training expected to take place via online videos. Disinterest in you doing your job, limited feedback. Yearly review set to a bell curve. Forced to work in areas you do not want to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing so much on your graduates, and focus on the employees that have skin in the game. Also, pay the going rate to your employees, do not lock them in on a wage from 5 years ago. They WILL leave.

    Elsevier2019-04-04

    Elsevier Response

    April 30, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thanks for your review. This is not the experience that we want any of our employees to have. However, we are incredibly proud of the work that our tech teams globally are doing to continue building an environment that is supportive, nurturing and inclusive. Our attrition last year ...

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  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance Decent amount of holidays Flexibility Able to work remotely Good budget for training and conferences Well stocked kitchen Beer o'clock/pub quiz Fridays

    Cons

    Work is not very interesting or new Experience/culture differs a lot depending on which area of Elsevier you are designated, which office you are based Feels like the business puts money over customers Upper management is all talk and no action over diversity/inclusivity events Pay increases/promotions/bonuses are only offered when you threaten to leave

    Elsevier2019-04-04

    Elsevier Response

    May 2, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thanks for your review. Our employees do meaningful and challenging work. However, employees are encouraged to discuss their work aspirations through career development conversations with their managers. We're committed to a diverse workforce and an environment that respects individuals ...

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Associate IT Graduate"

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    Former Employee - IT Graduate Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elsevier full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay progression on the graduate scheme (£26k --> £40k after two years) Flexible working encouraged (working from home/hot desking).

    Cons

    Not much guidance from management (might have just been my experience, but I was left to my own devices more than expected for a new graduate in a PM role).

    Advice to Management

    Provide more iterative feedback and opportunities for graduates to move around the business like your competitors do.

    Elsevier2019-03-20

    Elsevier Response

    March 26, 2019Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for your review. Regarding our tech graduate program, we are constantly working to improve it for our graduate employees and will definitely look into the area you mentioned in your review. There are many teams and managers in our tech organization, so we encourage all our ...

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