Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
81 Reviews

3.3
81 Reviews
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Outstanding company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full-Time  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Full-Time in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very successful company; share price doubled in last four years; strong management; good vision; excellent products and services; innovative; treats employees well; good CSR. Unlike many competitors has crossed the chasm from print to digital and is on the forefront of big data. Worth the journey.

    Cons

    Still silos between the businesses; slow-moving at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. You have a great story to tell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very corporate but has its moments.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    Great experience to put on your CV

    Cons

    Large corporate inertia rather apparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe be more proactive than reactive.

  3.  

    How to transform a giant into a global but nimble digital player

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of the Television Division  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Director of the Television Division in Paris (France)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed my job, my wonderful colleagues and friends and boss more than any other company. Great benefits and company supported initiatives. The only place where we had our own personal chef on staff for daily lunches.

    Cons

    Office space was limited and cramped with very bad air conditioning in the hot 30C - 35C heat of summer which made work difficult. I was very high up in the organisation but still not opportunity to advance was offered or given so it looked like a reached a peak for which no amount of accomplishment would offer me further job growth and opportunities. All decisions took way too long. There needed to be a Fast Track for some ideas while others needed to be more cautiously reviewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that every employee has a career path set and offered to them. If they reach their bench marks then that should be a green light to be moved up or given added or different responsibilities. Reviews and career path was something I always included in my PDP's with key staff but it was a personal choice I made not a company wide initiative.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Had a lot of promise

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    You can be unrecognized for your efforts as management is located out of state/country. You can become invisible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work-life balance at Reed Elsevier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    We only work 8 hours a day.

    Cons

    Not a good company for IT fresh grads. Lack of trainings.

  7.  

    We value our employees...see ya later alligator!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    I guess the severance is better than some.

    Cons

    Screwed up New York and Dayton management with a total lack of focus and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Engineering  in  New Providence, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Advanced technology, global presence, more than three billion us dollars revenue.

    Cons

    Located mostly in midwest, and there fore not as easily accessible for workers in Northeeast corridor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue developing internal cloud and scale to compete globally. Continue developing, currently excellent team of employees, this is a precious asset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Too big to fail

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Management  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Reed Expo, the US- based division I worked for, is a leader in the exhibition and trade show space. This organization is strong at understanding the important touch points of a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    For many industries, Reed Expo's lack of authenticity and foreword-thinking activities hamper their effectiveness in that particular segment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work to understand that an industry event is more than just the specific days during which the trade show is held.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dayton, OH (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

    Cons

    Overall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New Providence, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    the workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

    Cons

    CEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
    The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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