Reed Elsevier Group 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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  1. okey

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low salaries, mangers are not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Please look beyond psycophants

  2. Good

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    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Business Environment is tough, salary growth is slow

  3. Not where I wanted to be as an editor

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Bosses were great. Thorough training/friendly trainers. Room for growth if you're a full-time employee. Easy to change positions within the company.

    Cons

    There's no actual editing to be done--it's formatting and checking references. Took a long time to become a full-time employee instead of a temp.

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  5. Fairly satisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    It's a fairly new company in Manila, more opportunity, more movement.

    Cons

    Politics is quickly growing within management

  6. Well managed, disliked by customers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Positive, but Management neglects talent

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Don't let your star talent go away

  8. Helpful (1)

    great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of stretch assignments and ability to wear lots of hats

    Cons

    slow to adopt change or try new ideas

  9. Great first employer!

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a amazing time working at Elsevier! The company offered a supportive environment, good benefits and training.

    Cons

    The compensation wasn't great and there didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement and improve pay.

  10. RE Review

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nothing much to talk about

    Cons

    Compensation, job security,

  11. Solid global corporation, but not brilliant at career development

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    Current Employee - Technology in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work in the Elsevier bit, in particular the Technology group, recently taken over by Dan Olley (2013). (Elsevier is the Science publishing group). The company used to be very bureaucratic, faceless, etc., a lot of tech talent got out-sourced. Olley looks like he's stopping this.

    And the openness has been changing in the last two or three years, it's a more friendly company than it used to be. The benefits are pretty good for the sector, and the salaries at the senior end of thing are relatively attractive when you're coming into the company. There are plenty of travel opportunities - mostly, in my case, to Amsterdam, Dayton (Ohio) and Philly. Internal communications used to be unspeakably bad, but is improving.

    Even if you think you know Elsevier to be a big company, the scale of it will amaze you. Ten years in, and I can still find myself in an office of 500 people without knowing a single person there, or even know what they do! Personally, I like this, but then I'm a loud-mouth.

    Despite what I'm going to say in the 'cons' section, I reckon I fit in quite well at Elsevier. It's not what I expected, but it suits for personal reasons (young family, blah blah blah). Probably best for self-motived extroverts.

    Cons

    The Oxford (Kidlington) office is a souless hole, especially compared with Amsterdam, which is (now that it's been revamped) a far more engaging environment. If you don't get an office in Oxford from the start, you won't get one. Compared with Amsterdam, where if you had an office (almost no-one does now), you wouldn't want one. The Mendeley office in London seems like a nice place. Philly and Dayton are ... well, meh.

    Ditto salaries - it will take YEARS to get any kind of promotion or rise unless you're on the management programme (and I don't think the Technology / IT group has a management / career development programme). The HR team talk a lot about recruiting talent, but very little about retaining it, or developing it (again, I can only speak to the technology group). I would recommend working here for a couple of years and then going elsewhere for career dev, and not uprooting yourself and the family for a long-term relationship.

    If you're ambitious in technology, it can be frustrating place to work. There seems to be a lot of people in the business side who have tech responsibilities and I don't know how that all ties together. Maybe it'll get sorted, but it's been like that for longer than I've been there and doesn't look like it's getting there. The story seems a familiar one from Dilbert: if you're outside the company you get taken more seriously... On the upside, once your projects get funded and supported, they get delivered and supported. This is a good thing, and I've been lucky in that all my projects have been successful - this isn't rewarded financially, but it feels really good. Some poor sods seem to get all the bad luck.

    The tech stack was more limited than it was - used to be MS throughout. Not so much anymore, although Oracle dominates the db side. The fulfilment systems are a hoot. Some of the ideas that come through are really exciting, which makes up for it (but you need to engage with the cool stuff, before some people get all negative about delivery), I find enthusiasm and engagement really helps deliver.

    Advice to Management

    1) Have some way of identifying your technology talent and developing their careers. The management programme seems to work well in the 'business' side, why not do something similar?

    2) Do something with the Oxford office. Almost anything. It's the second worst thing about the job, but it's close, it feels like a passive-aggressive library.

    3) The person who runs the Amsterdam office seems to know what they're talking about. As does Olley.

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