Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
81 Reviews

3.3
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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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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.  

    Low salary, company gutted.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    Is a well respected and established company

    Cons

    Culture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible/outgoing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Miamisburg, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Top notch company!

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

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

    Pros

    They really care about the well being of their employees.

    Cons

    I couldn't transfer to another similar position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good company if you're in the right location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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

    Cons

    If 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work Experience

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Procurement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good interaction with various businesses

    Cons

    Repositioning and jobs and shifting support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing Internship

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great to start career here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is key. Work on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people.
    Most of the people I dealt with whether they be part of the shared services group, business controllers and finance teams of both the US and UK business divisions or even the AsiaPac team..all of them are incredibly knowledgeable and open to collaboration.

    Cons

    Unfortunately in 2013 there has been significant RIF(s) in the US in the operational and SS areas (not sure about what is going on in the UK) A good chunk of that talent has been taken away; the people that are left are being stretched to increase output without additional resources or improved infrastructure. Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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