Reed Elsevier Group
3.1 of 5 71 reviews
www.reedelsevier.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Apr 06, 2014

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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom

Erik Engstrom

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great benefits, work/life balance"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency"
    in 4 reviews
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Low salary, company gutted.

Data Analyst (Former Employee)
New Providence, NJ (US)

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

ProsLots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

ConsWhen 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

ProsIs a well respected and established company

ConsCulture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more visible/outgoing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Engineer (Former Employee)
Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

ProsCurrent technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

ConsThe use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

Advice to Senior ManagementControl the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good company if you're in the right location

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExcellent 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

ConsIf 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top notch company!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsThey really care about the well being of their employees.

ConsI couldn't transfer to another similar position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Dayton, OH (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for more than a year

ProsThe 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.

ConsThere are occasional layoff seasons and I've seen two seasons in my 1 years working there.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Procurement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood interaction with various businesses

ConsRepositioning and jobs and shifting support

Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Marketing Intern (Former Employee)
Waltham, MA (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat environment, learned about many different functions and divisions. The work space was redesigned and improved allowing for better meetings and a more enjoyable atmosphere

ConsNot 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great to start career here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

Pros- Great place to start your career

Cons- Hard to move up

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization is key. Work on it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL (US)

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

ProsVery customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

ConsMany positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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