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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A great company in desperate need of a vision

Department Head (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

ProsInternational, highly educated work force
Flexible working hours, parent-friendly
Opportunity to serve high-calibre science

ConsCEO is invisible, a bean-counter with no apparent vision for the future. Poor strategy and execution of off shoring and outsourcing leads to loss of talent, poorer customer service and inefficiency.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and notice the sea change that has happened in the academic community and our new technology-driven competitors. Cost control and relying on traditional products is not enough to sustain our privileged profit share. A new vision is needed to inspire customers, employees and shareholders. Try not to waste the opportunity of the Mendeley merger.

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

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Solid company that operates under the radar.

Department Head (Former Employee)

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

ProsVery old, stable, multinational, science, technology, and medicine publishing company that offers excellent benefits and steady employment.

ConsLeadership is not very independent minded and tends to get caught up in trends that cause employee frustrations.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more women to senior management and stop being so Dutch.

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

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Neutral - Daily Routine Job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsVoluntarily attend more training sessions for your personal development.
Transportation facilities.

ConsMissing domain expert leadership of missing management group.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fear is how most of us live daily!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Norcross, GA (US)

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

ProsGood benefits and some perks

ConsManagement that is so out of touch with reality and more important, it's employees. People stay for their paycheck and lack of options.
Constant daily changes with no regard of what employees already do, and they never consult those who do the job to see if even feasible.
Lower level employees are held accountable for all management decisions. Management is never held accountable.
If you disagree you're fired.
No internal advancement, they only load up staff with no opinion staffers.
No women to upper management. Men rule at all levels.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up! Morale is in the toilet and after all these years I repairable. Don't know anyone, and I've been here 10+ years likes where they work, or would ever speak up because of daily fear drilled into us.
I'd say listen to your employees....but trust factor left long ago, as was respect.
Practice your own company values!

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

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Good benefits and opportunities to advance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Dayton, OH (US)

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

ProsThe people are dedicated and committed to excellence
The bonus packages and pension plans are good, better than many of my friend's packages who work for different companies
Diverse businesses present unique advancement opportunities

ConsPoor communication lends itself to an atmosphere where rumors are rampant
Difficult to break into executive management internally
Lack of cohesiveness across affiliates

Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to bring affiliates together to share learnings and best practices.
Periodically share corporate strategy and vision to ensure the employees on the front line have a clear idea of where we're going at a corporate level and not just within their divisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A company in transition

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

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

ProsThe culture was stable and secure.

ConsThe company did not stir innovation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to Learn & Good Work/Life Balance

Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsEuropean 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.

ConsThe salaries are a bit low.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo keep good workers, salaries need to be a bit more competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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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okey

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

Prosownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance

ConsLow salaries, mangers are not transparent

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look beyond psycophants

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

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Reed Elsevier

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

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

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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