Great technical opportunities, but with limited job security at times.
Senior DevOps/Software Engineer (Current Employee) – Miamisburg, OH – October 10, 2015
My experience at LexisNexis (owned by Reed-Elsevier, for whom I technically work) has been a mixed bag of emotions and comfort. Over the years, the work climate has become less attractive than when I began working here. When I first started, 10+ years ago, it wast the premier place to work in southwestern Ohio. For the past few years however, I've felt less job security as I've watched, time-after-time, large swaths of employees get laid off. Technical skills and tenure/experience level didn't seem to matter. Newbies were laid off right next to the guy who built the system and had all of the in-depth knowledge and specialized experience. It was difficult to figure out how decisions were made, and re-organizations felt disjointed and haven't quite made sense.
That being said, the biggest advantage to working at LexisNexis is the company's willingness to let you try new things and try new technologies, even on flagship projects. Co-workers are fantastic, and, despite the lay-offs, middle-management is terrific and will typically work with you and work for your benefit; which ultimately helps your immediate group, anyway; and eventually the entire company.
In short, the work is challenging (in a good way), and your coworkers and immediate managers will probably be some of the greatest people you've worked with; however, the atmosphere is tense at times of re-organization and that, to me, makes it difficult to consider it to be one of the greatest places to work in the Cincinnati/Dayton area.
Willingness to let you try new things and "best. coworkers. ever."
Job insecurity and multiple re-orgs