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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Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company

Director Engineering (Current Employee)
New Providence, NJ (US)

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

ProsAdvanced technology, global presence, more than three billion us dollars revenue.

ConsLocated mostly in midwest, and there fore not as easily accessible for workers in Northeeast corridor.

Advice to Senior Managementcontinue developing internal cloud and scale to compete globally. Continue developing, currently excellent team of employees, this is a precious asset.

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

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Too big to fail

Executive Management (Former Employee)
Norwalk, CT (US)

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

ProsReed Expo, the US- based division I worked for, is a leader in the exhibition and trade show space. This organization is strong at understanding the important touch points of a myriad of industries.

ConsFor many industries, Reed Expo's lack of authenticity and foreword-thinking activities hamper their effectiveness in that particular segment.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to work to understand that an industry event is more than just the specific days during which the trade show is held.

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

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Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Dayton, OH (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThey offer good benefits and (for my profession) very good compensation based on geographical location. Leadership within my group was good.

ConsOverall company leadership was lacking. They fail to adequately value their employees. Perhaps this is just how it is with Big Business, but moral consistently dropped over the course of my 7.5 years there.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Start-up organization that closed quickly

Director (Former Employee)
New Providence, NJ (US)

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

Prosthe workers and managers including many executives were strong and valuable players in Internet business and marketing.

ConsCEO was only focused on selling the unit. The other senior executives were strong, but were not given the freedom to grow the business for the long term.
The division I worked had a poor business model - the model was to sell it.

Advice to Senior Managementdon't move so quickly into a new market that you're not willing to commit time, money and resources because you played with many people's lives when the organization was closed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Low salary, company gutted.

Data Analyst (Former Employee)
New Providence, NJ (US)

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

ProsLots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

ConsWhen I was there, salary was very low (about 60% of what it should be). This doesn't matter now as the company has entered into a JV and been gutted.

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

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Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

ProsIs a well respected and established company

ConsCulture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more visible/outgoing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I worked in Reed Elsevier Technology Services for a little over two years.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

ProsCurrent technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

ConsThe use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

Advice to Senior ManagementControl the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good company if you're in the right location

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExcellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included. Outstanding people to work with, very smart and focused. Would recommend as long as you're in a "hub" city

ConsIf you don't work in one of the major hubs you are left out of a lot of things, and they seem to be closing a lot of satellite offices regardless of size.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top notch company!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at Reed Elsevier Group full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThey really care about the well being of their employees.

ConsI couldn't transfer to another similar position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Dayton, OH (US)

I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group as an intern for more than a year

ProsThe work is really stress free and the people you work are very helpful since the average tenure is about 15 years and so they have lots of info to share.

ConsThere are occasional layoff seasons and I've seen two seasons in my 1 years working there.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more young and innovative employees to build in house products as opposed to buying licenses and software that can be replaced with open source products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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