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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”

Reed Elsevier Group – Amsterdam – “Reed Elsevier Headquarters”
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3.1 79 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Erik Engstrom

(28 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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79 Employee Reviews
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    Decent Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsMy 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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    Reed Elsevier

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Intern Product Management (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    ProsFacilities, 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.

    ConsMATRIX 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!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    ConsRather 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 Senior ManagementSeek 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not good, not bad.

    Technical Support (Former Employee) Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

    ProsHMO, 24 leaves in a year

    ConsLeaves not convertible to cash, no allowances.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllowance, leaves must be convertible to cash.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    good company to work for

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    ProsGood Salaries, development, company's potential

    Consthe bureaucracy sometimes could be difficult.

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    Good people with good opportunities for growth

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Miamisburg, OH (US)

    ProsGood people with good opportunities for growth

    ConsNot interested in products we produce

    Advice to Senior Managementuse more incentive based pay at lower levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Pleasant and low energy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNon-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 Senior ManagementNeed to move into the 21st century

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    Large company that is trying to break out of its traditional publishing mentality into a fast-moving data provider.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe company has a big footprint in many markets and is moving toward some new and exciting technologies/products. It is trying to promote cross fertilisation across its many businesses so there is often an opportunity to work in a completely new field if it is of interest to you. Also, the overall work/life balance is strong.

    ConsThe corporate functions are generally quite removed from the day-to-day activities of the many businesses it owns. This means that it often acts more like an investment management firm rather than a head of a unified company. The CEO is very distant and culture/leadership from the top is not strong.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork to better integrate the group, creating an environment where corp managers are eager to engage you and offer innovative ideas. This will also increase communication, making it less necessary for us to provide you with the great amount of data you require which burdens the businesses more than previous CEOs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Simply Neutral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA good work and life balance

    ConsDissatisfied salary level compared with other companies in the industry.
    Sometimes more talk than work.
    Product launching is sometimes not very pragmatic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter salary level
    Being more pragmatic when launching new products.

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