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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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Pros
  • They ensure we have a work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • good people, good benefits, good company (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business (in 9 reviews)

  • High turnover rate makes for a very disjointed kind of atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Sales Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Corporate Sales in Bengaluru
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Corporate Sales in Bengaluru
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    World's Leading Information Solutions provider for Health Professionals.

    World's leading Health Science Publishers.

    Cons

    Restrictions in terms of accepting suggestions and feedback from the people in the field.

    Advice to Management

    They have to hear to the people in the field who are in direct touch with the end Costumer or User.


  2. "sales executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Patna, Bihar
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Patna, Bihar
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really feel proud to be work with this company and the most important thing is that my manger always motivate me and I really feel proud to work with my manger they always givehim right direction i.e. very important for my life.

    Cons

    according to my work they have not providing good salary and expenses.

    Advice to Management

    if those employees who work with last 2 yr and there performance is excellent then pls promote for the full time position.


  3. "okey"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Please look beyond psycophants


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  5. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Director in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  6. "International company with home working opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Not too far from home by public transport
    Good pay

    Cons

    Some staff members were very cold and unfriendly

    Advice to Management

    Train staff thoroughly and get organised


  7. ""Good Working Environment""

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    Former Employee - Copy Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Copy Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees
    Great Medical Benefits
    I like the company culture

    Cons

    Can't think of any negative comment


  8. "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, MS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a) Year on Year Training

    b) Defined KPIs

    c) Work Life Balance

    Cons

    a) Incompetent Managing Director not so comfortable mingling with entry level executive. spends most of the time attending Global calls
    b) Incompetent HR, playing politics and not done the work in evaluating employees. HR all noise nothing done.
    c) Limited growth, no value for skills
    d) If you outgrow CTC to a specific level, then you are in danger of becoming redundant. If you ask the management for better opportunities, they may not be willing to give you
    e) Divide between global and local. Hence local achievements will be looked down
    f) Huge nasty nexus among senior leaders. They spend time in managing perception and guarding secret. No focus on improving operations
    g) Executive Vice President makes a visit every year and goes back saying everything is fine. We know everything cannot be fine at every time.

    Not so inspiring, if you are looking for real growth.

    Advice to Management

    Help people to grow, keep favourites and politics away from people.


  9. "Life Sciences Editorial Intern - S&T Books"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waltham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by a great group of intelligent people who are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work was too focused on making money and was less about the science that was being brought into the world. It was a little too "big business" for me.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rough Acquisition Transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn at Elsevier. I feel like I have gained about three years of experience in the past year. The financial rigor has pushed me to pick up lots of new skills that I will certainly be able to take with me in my next positions. There are also many, many talented individuals who are absolute experts in their fields.

    Cons

    Senior management is much more concerned with making the finances look good than with actually growing the business. They do much more talking than listening.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to senior management is to let your downstream management finish what they are saying before you jump in to give advice, provide solutions, or discount what they are saying. Most of us have followed a philosophy of not approaching management with a problem without preparing to recommend at least one solution. Most of the time, when we bring up a challenge, it is to explain to you how we are already solving it. We are not bringing it up so that you can jump in before we are finished talking to tell us what to do. That leaves us with a feeling that you don't have confidence in us and that you think that you have solved the problem for us. And we don't get credit for facing and overcoming challenges on our own. Please, extend some respect to us and listen more than you talk when you ask us for a report on something. Or, at the very least, invite a discussion and not a lecture.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Don't stay too long"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer
    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Started very young as a contractor and grew my career over 15 years into a consulting position for global communications. Great place to get exposure to a large multi-national company with foot-print in over 100 countries. Good benefits and generous travel policy (for those who

    Cons

    Complex, silos everywhere, lacks vision, and as many others have noticed, a penchant to overlook high-flyers. Anglo-Dutch leadership is out of touch and has been since the 1990s.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking outward to solve the problems and start looking introspectively. I would have never left if the opportunities for advancement were not consistently shut off by the next "great leader in charge of transforming xyz" who ultimately got fired 2 years into their 3 year contract for utter incompetence. When you interview new leadership, make sure you have performed a thorough evaluation on the candidate's claims to accomplishment. In other words, pick up the phone and ask around if they REALLY saved their last company X million dollars.


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