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.  

    A company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture was stable and secure.

    Cons

    The company did not stir innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    European owned company - 37.5 hr work week! Good balance work/life balance....you aren't working crazy hours which can be a common expectation in the marketing field at other companies. Learning opportunities are readily available in order to promote advancement in your career. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. Advancement can happen if you play the politics right and are ambitious. Flexibility allows for internal job switching if an opportunity comes.

    Cons

    My personal experience was bad because I worked for the American publishing division which was eventually sold off. The division I worked for was in sale mode for nearly four years, and that meant very little investment in technology or business expansion. Overall, the senior management seemed directionless and inaccessible. There was little or no communication between the various divisions.

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  5.  

    Reed Elsevier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Providence, Union, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Providence, Union, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Editorial group was a pleasure to work with.
    Enjoyed the "family-oriented company" atmosphere.
    Company sponsored events for employees.
    On-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Ongoing restructuring led to disorganization and confusing strategy.
    Difficulty in synching product delivery with IT.
    Unprofessional behavior from manager was never addressed by HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging never leads to a positive product outcome. Suggest stepping back and letting editorial staff do his/her job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Be prepared to work on your own if you are an Intern

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

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Facilities, good IT department, international atmosphere and welcoming people. Good possibilities to enter an International career in Publishing Bizz.
    Elsevier offers you international experience and looks great on your resume. I had some mixed experience with the company but with the right team and structure you would probably learn a lot.

    Cons

    MATRIX fixed company, not suitable for Interns with low academic background. Be more than just pro active, because their might not be any guarantee for you to have a plan.
    The HR department is not flexible so be sure you have a very clear (written) contract before you begin, to the details about what you are obligated to!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stable, large company regarded well for its content and expertise in healthcare informatics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reliable, stable. Better than average benefits (health, etc.). Some opportunities for advancement. Professional, positive overall culture. Welcoming of thinkers, planners and problem-solvers.

    Cons

    Rather bureaucratic and prone to red tape. Too focused on communication via e-mail and meetings, less on actual actions and executions. Executive management very disconnected from business units under them, and more administrative and operational than able to harness strengths and able to get better depth for better results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out advice from middle management and actual employees that do actual work. Clear red tape. Do away with 'design by committee' mentality. Implement small, focused teams with power (funds, resources) to innovate and build on ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not good, not bad.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    HMO, 24 leaves in a year

    Cons

    Leaves not convertible to cash, no allowances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allowance, leaves must be convertible to cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    good company to work for

    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Good Salaries, development, company's potential

    Cons

    the bureaucracy sometimes could be difficult.

  10.  

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Miamisburg, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miamisburg, OH (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Not interested in products we produce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use more incentive based pay at lower levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pleasant and low energy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor

    Pros

    Non-pressured work environment
    Employees are respected
    Global view
    Many long-time employees
    Family feel in some areas
    OK benefits and perks

    Cons

    Non-pressured work environment
    Too quiet and staid in some areas
    Sub-par pay
    In some areas too much management turnover
    Technology not advanced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to move into the 21st century

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