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Reed Elsevier Group Reviews

Updated 19 July, 2014
Updated 19 July, 2014
79 Reviews

3.1
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Reed Elsevier Group CEO and Director; CEO, Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Elsevier Division Erik Engstrom
Erik Engstrom
28 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.  

    Great to start career here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is key. Work on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Orlando, FL (US)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow moving. Lots of processes to be followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Incredibly challenging but not without its rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Unfortunately 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH (US)

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work and benefits are good.

    Cons

    not many and overall good place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very large company and culture mindset

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT (US)

    Pros

    Very, 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.

    Cons

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    A little more transparency in the management thought process would be good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A difficult place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

    Pros

    Interesting location and some nice people work there.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Forget about having a separate IT service department and integrate IT with the business areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    There has been better times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Recent 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communication, current organization is not well defined or understood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company in desperate need of a vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Department Head in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    CEO 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Neutral - Daily Routine Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Missing domain expert leadership of missing management group.

    Doesn't Recommend

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