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Elsevier named a top five company for global culture

April 6, 2022

By Catherine Adenle

Comparably’s list highlights the highest-rated workplace cultures of large companies, based on employee surveys.

Comparably(opens in new tab/window) — the global workplace culture and compensation monitoring site — has announced its annual Best Global Company Culture list(opens in new tab/window), and I am thrilled to say that Elsevier has made the top five. Elsevier follows Microsoft, IBM, Google and HubSpot.

The list highlights the highest-rated workplace cultures of large companies (more than 500 employees) with an international footprint. Ratings are derived from current employees around the world who provided anonymous feedback on in new tab/window) within the past 12 months.

To arrive at these rankings, Comparably measured 20 different workplace culture categories, including compensation, leadership, work-life balance and professional development opportunities. The ratings were based on results from the past year, from March 2021 through March 2022.

Given the importance of employees’ voices in deciding the outcome of these awards, I wanted to highlight some of the feedback we’ve heard recently from Elsevier colleagues on these topics.

2022 Comparably Award for Best Company for Global Culture

“An opportunity to grow”

Recently, Melody Lopez-Smith(opens in new tab/window) wrote about how her colleagues at Elsevier rallied around her when she was suffering from a rare illness(opens in new tab/window). While she reflected on her experiences, she noted the ways in which her work at Elsevier has evolved:

It is an absolute joy to share purposeful work alongside talented souls, and grow together as we make a difference across the world. I am also grateful for the opportunity to grow along with my colleagues here as we pursue the integration of psychological safety(opens in new tab/window) into our culture. I joined the Inclusion & Diversity community of internal trained facilitators in 2020, and I’ve had the privilege of facilitating several internal discussions in various departments. In 2021, I became a certified coach for psychological safety and have dedicated myself to elevating an inclusive culture in Global Communications and beyond.

I’m very happy to note that since this article was published, Melody has been promoted to Employer Brand Engagement Manager and has continued her work in psychological safety.

“This job was different”

Richard Etienne(opens in new tab/window) joined Elsevier as Director of Internal Communications in August, and like many people who started new roles during the pandemic, he began working remotely. He shared his thoughts about those first few months saying:

The butterflies that were turning in my stomach on day one — not because I was starting a new job but because this one was different. … I was joining remotely.

He continued:

In the first week I had some incredible conversations and was made to feel very welcome. What was amazing to me was that even before any conversation about work began I was always asked how are you? How is your family? There was this real focus on well-being and health, which made me feel more connected. That’s what it’s about — having colleagues who care, who are inclusive and supportive.

“Elsevier has allowed me to grow daily”

Multimedia Producer Surya Suriyan also shared her thoughts on video recently, saying:

At Elsevier, I’m learning and developing new skills daily through mentoring and working with amazing colleagues who readily share knowledge and by collaborating on key projects. I can boldly say that Elsevier has allowed me to grow daily!


Portrait photo of Catherine Adenle


Catherine Adenle

Senior Director, Employer Brand