Reed Elsevier Group
3.1 of 5 71 reviews
www.reedelsevier.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 06, 2014

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

Erik Engstrom

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great benefits, work/life balance"
    in 4 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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood interaction with various businesses

ConsRepositioning and jobs and shifting support

Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

ConsNot 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great to start career here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

Pros- Great place to start your career

Cons- Hard to move up

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization is key. Work on it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL (US)

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

ProsVery customer service oriented. Great benefits and hours. Offer many different training and advancement opportunities. Also do special things to boost employee morale.

ConsMany positions in the United States were outsourced and many layoffs took place

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood work-life balance. Very international. Smart co-workers.

ConsSlow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ok place to work

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Dayton, OH (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsNot a bad place to work and benefits are good.

Consnot many and overall good place to work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe 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.

ConsUnfortunately 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very large company and culture mindset

Director (Former Employee)
Norwalk, CT (US)

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

ProsVery, very large company stability. The company has clear policies on HR, growth, travel, etc... I prefer small companies and working here was hard but always fair, always.

ConsFor me, the big company culture was hard. Things do not happen quickly and that can be a good thing if you can be patient.

Advice to Senior ManagementA little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A difficult place to work

Consulting Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

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

ProsInteresting location and some nice people work there.

ConsI worked in the RETS area. It's over-siloed, over out-sourced and good communication between teams is difficult. the on boarding process is fatally flawed. The net result is that it is very difficult to understand how to do your job. There's too much process and very little procedure. They try to do things the ITIL way and fail miserably in my opinion.

Advice to Senior ManagementForget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There has been better times

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork with some excellent peers in my group and others, challenging work, with fair compensation.

ConsRecent re-orgs an

Albany office will be closing, while i expect to be able to continue a HBE, the impact to people I've been working with for years and to the city, where Matthew Bender has had a historical precence is challenging.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication, current organization is not well defined or understood.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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