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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
104 Reviews
3.0
104 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
36 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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Had been a good experience working here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planning and Quality Control Executive in Chennai
    Current Employee - Production Planning and Quality Control Executive in Chennai

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

    Pros

    Comfortable shifts, Transportation Facilities, Good Compensation benefits, Entertainment. Hygenic environment. No dress code.

    Cons

    Flat Hierarchy Structure due to which promotion is minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress on Transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Neutral - Daily Routine Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Voluntarily attend more training sessions for your personal development.
    Transportation facilities.

    Cons

    Missing domain expert leadership of missing management group.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    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)

    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
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  6.  

    A nice place to work at but not the best place for really creative people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Pros

    The best reason has to be the cafe experience; you can have really relaxing coffee/tea breaks here and de-stress.
    secondly, the work culture is pretty decent.

    Cons

    they can do better by ensuring that all departments coalesce for activities and support each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to take greater interest in what's happening at the lower levels.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Webshop Executive in Chennai
    Current Employee - Webshop Executive in Chennai

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    1. Good work Environment.

    2. Stress free

    3. Employee Friendly

    Cons

    1. Ideas of the Employees in the beginning level with good exposure are not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Its time for a change to the E-Operation from the authentic publishing mode of job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solution Development

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Good prospects - good markets and nice environment. Good work-life balance and great people to work with. Compensation is very good, above market average.

    Cons

    Too many re-organisations and every year there is a squeeze on spending hiring etc to make the numbers, Very short term thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you get the long term career progression right. You are loosing too many really good people along the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Art Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. I loved working there. The people there were all first class.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments
     helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adopt values besides greed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Use you up and dump you - was much better years ago

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Large, multi-national media company that successfully transitioned from print to digital. Lots of diversity and interesting locations, projects and really great, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Executive management can be stifling and are often misguided by expensive consultants. Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes. The really sharp senior executives who get recruited and hired are smart enough to leave within a few weeks leaving behind backward-thinking mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Former CEO Sir Crispin Davis was dedicated but best known for his 10 years of continual cost cutting. His successor Erik Engstrom has continued that legacy with a spend-to-save mentality that drove the share price up but at great cost to the workforce - resulting in layoffs and eroded customer retention. Recommend focusing on employee value and contribution vs. rank and titles. The firm values and invests in leadership but not the required expertise to a large degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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