Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
36 Ratings

Pros
  • ownership, freedom to work compared to other competition companies,work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits package, including time off for volunteer work, access to e-Learning is included (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Communication between senior management and the its' reporting teams is not always optimal (in 7 reviews)

  • Difficult to break into executive management internally (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Not where I wanted to be as an editor

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bosses were great. Thorough training/friendly trainers. Room for growth if you're a full-time employee. Easy to change positions within the company.

    Cons

    There's no actual editing to be done--it's formatting and checking references. Took a long time to become a full-time employee instead of a temp.

  2. Excellent company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, overseas opportunities, variety of sectors

    Cons

    Don't really pay particularly well

  3. Helpful (1)

    Solution Development

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    Current Employee - Solution Development in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Solution Development in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good prospects - good markets and nice environment. Good work-life balance and great people to work with. Compensation is very good, above market average.

    Cons

    Too many re-organisations and every year there is a squeeze on spending hiring etc to make the numbers, Very short term thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you get the long term career progression right. You are loosing too many really good people along the way.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Find some other place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and the work in and of itself is interesting and rewarding.

    Cons

    If you are let go your boss will blackball you in the industry. Expect to know more than your boss does about the job, its day-to-day requirements, your sacrifices, and the product for which you are responsible.

    Advice to Management

    Cull the herd and get people in supervisory positions who actually know what their employees do for a living.

  6. Art Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. I loved working there. The people there were all first class.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change.

  7. Helpful (1)

    good product managers, unfortunate business strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees and good assignments
     helpful feedback pay reasonable.

    Cons

    outsourcing is their new strategy; they dont put people and ethical values on their list of priorities

    Advice to Management

    adopt values besides greed

  8. Fairly satisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Pros

    It's a fairly new company in Manila, more opportunity, more movement.

    Cons

    Politics is quickly growing within management

  9. Helpful (3)

    Use you up and dump you - was much better years ago

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large, multi-national media company that successfully transitioned from print to digital. Lots of diversity and interesting locations, projects and really great, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Executive management can be stifling and are often misguided by expensive consultants. Loyalty, passion and dedication are quickly forgotten when senior management changes. The really sharp senior executives who get recruited and hired are smart enough to leave within a few weeks leaving behind backward-thinking mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Former CEO Sir Crispin Davis was dedicated but best known for his 10 years of continual cost cutting. His successor Erik Engstrom has continued that legacy with a spend-to-save mentality that drove the share price up but at great cost to the workforce - resulting in layoffs and eroded customer retention. Recommend focusing on employee value and contribution vs. rank and titles. The firm values and invests in leadership but not the required expertise to a large degree.

  10. Well managed, disliked by customers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Elsevier Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decently run media company that looks after its employees well (particularly the senior ones). It continues to perform well financially despite not being able to keep its customers happy.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very removed from the rest of the business. Constant reorganisations across the businesses and not a lot of communication from head office about what's going on means employees are often on the dark. Not really doing anything creative or innovative - it's a pretty conservative company. They've had a long decade of cost cutting. Not a lot of of opportunity for personal growth at head office. You need to go into one of the businesses.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Positive, but Management neglects talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good atmosphere to work
    Easy going and relaxed workplace
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Relationships are made a priority over work performed
    Changes are very slow

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your star talent go away

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