Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 22 August, 2014
Updated 22 August, 2014
81 Reviews

3.3
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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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30 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits and company supported initiatives (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent and advanced global, major, web services company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Engineering  in  New Providence, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Too big to fail

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Management  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Norwalk, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Reed 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good employer given the limit of the Dayton job market

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Overall 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Start-up organization that closed quickly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New Providence, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Director in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    CEO 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 ManagementAdvice

    don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Low salary, company gutted.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  New Providence, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Providence, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Professional company with many but quite specific opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Reed Elsevier Group full-time

    Pros

    Is a well respected and established company

    Cons

    Culture is rather bureaucratic. No agile driven processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible/outgoing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Miamisburg, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miamisburg, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Current technologies, great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The use of mass layoffs to improve the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the corporate rumor mill, most employees knew layoffs were coming weeks in advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Top notch company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    They really care about the well being of their employees.

    Cons

    I couldn't transfer to another similar position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company if you're in the right location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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

    Cons

    If 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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