Elsevier Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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Elsevier CEO Kumsal Bayazit
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  1. "part of a very big wheel"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Elsevier

    Pros

    management support if you get a good one

    Cons

    upper management arrogance if you get a bad onr

  2. "Software Engineer"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Elsevier Response

    Elsevier 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 and their contributions. We offer a competitive salary and great benefits package.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Decent Benefits, but doesn't value people"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elsevier full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are decent when compared with other companies. Time off was generous.

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management to middle management. Continual bickering within product teams. Company says they want to value the people, but they show everyday they don't by their actions and turning away when any type of conflict arise.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Miserable work, great co-workers"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Account Support 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are great. There are activities sometimes, and food. There's a Foosball table to distract people.

    Cons

    Poor upper management decisions from Amsterdam. Regular breakdown in communication between departments. No recognition or appreciation for huge workload. Little to no training across at least two separate systems. Inefficient workflow, communication, and cooperation between departments. Unreasonable expectations from sales, who have no idea how any processes actually work, and always get their way. The job's only saving grace were the fellow sufferers on the account support team because the pay wasn't worth it.

  5. Helpful (3)

    "For the detailed oriented person"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Account Support Coordinator in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time and great people

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between upper management and those with boots on the ground.

  6. "Old-fashioned, conservative and dull"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good amount of holidays (in Germany) - Remote work (if manager approves)

    Cons

    - Lack of gender equality and inclusion - Managers constantly abusing their power and position - Lack of team spirit - Boring and cold environment - Processes and protocols are long, extensive and old-fashioned - Not modern, not up-to-date - Constant underestimation of employees by upper management - Upper management ignores problems and focuses only on maintaining things as they are - Budget for travel & learn very restricted - Not attractive for young people - Titles and years of experience are more important than ideas and motivation

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  7. "Marketing at Elsevier"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance - flexibility to work from home, flexible working hours Good 401K Lateral movements are easier to come by and encouraged (though, see cons for upward movement)

    Cons

    Upper Management does not take career development or professional growth seriously - upward movement basically happens by luck.

    Elsevier Response

    Elsevier Rep

    Thank you for your review. As an organization, we constantly strive to provide innovative learning and development opportunities for our employees. We also work with them to create an inclusive culture that enables a high-performing and engaged workforce. You must have noticed that we are currently rolling out various initiatives to further help develop our workforce. We encourage our employees globally to use various channels, tools and learning resources we made available to them to drive ongoing career development discussions with their managers and upskill for the future.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stable Company with a lot of talent."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elsevier full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable company that pays attention to its expenses and income. Constantly looking at the future and how to adapt content. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Very large size makes company impersonal at times. Upper management is disconnected from the day-to-day operations. Too many meetings.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "Regional Sales"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elsevier full-time

    Pros

    Quarterly bonus, insurance, vacation, great smart co-workers

    Cons

    Terrible upper management , clueless in leadership, unrealistic goals, outdated software

  10. Helpful (10)

    "Exceptional Content with Poor Leadership"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elsevier full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent content, trusted brand, and experienced editorial staff.

    Cons

    Much of Upper Management is out of touch with their employees, and customer markets. They want to apply business rules from their MBAs, without deep knowledge of variances need: i.e. access models, pricing, and contracts, to all of the global customer markets. In final few years, I saw incompetence and underperformance, as well as disrespect, tolerated. Customer experience and satisfaction are no longer high priority.

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