NCS Pearson Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
61 Reviews

3.4
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David W. Smith
11 Ratings

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Pros
  • Decent company, good work-life balance, (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work life balance, competitive salaries, and great people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • They do tell you the scoring schedule window is an estimate (in 7 reviews)

  • Training criteria changes throughout a project, making it confusing for scorers to score accurately (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Centennial Office

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

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Current upper management doesn't understand what our team does and offers zero guidance either tactically or strategically.

    If you want to have a stable job and are skiled in your role, this Titanic will take a few more years to up-end. Benefits are good.

    If you're not very good in your role, in my expereince management avoids the discomfort of performance coaching and disciplinary action to the benefit of the quietly incompetent.

    Cons

    Current management doesn't understand what our team does. Upper Management has no drive except to stay in their current position and grow their reporting structure empire, regardless of value.

    Re-org didn't reduce bureaucracy of this multi-national conglomerate - locally, teams that have not even produced a base hit product offering continue to hire people/be employed. Many instances of two or more teams embarking on initiatives in the same spaces, developing similar (sub-par) solutions.

    Internal promotion of "new" products and solutions begins well before anything concrete has been developed or delivered. Program management demanded quarterly and yearly milestones from their Agile teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Good to start your career, but leave immediately once you have gained knowledge

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work/life balance, usual benefits, good talented co-workers to work with and learn from (although that depends on the team you are in)

    Cons

    too much politics at senior level, management decisions are sometimes baffling, decisions made without thinking thoroughly, way too low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share your thought process with the employees rather than just the management who just dont seem to think right. It would avoid a lot of politics and ensure happier employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people at Pearson

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, exciting work in IT

    Cons

    Too much change with no decisions being made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, communicate, communicate

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

    Very frustrating experience as a scorer

    Former Employee - Scorer
    Former Employee - Scorer

    I worked at NCS Pearson as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The other scorers were friendly and nice to talk to on breaks and at lunch.

    Cons

    I put time and energy into becoming a test scorer for Pearson. The job was supposed to last 6 and a half weeks. It ended up lasting 6 and a half days for me and 200 other people. Two thirds of us hired for the project failed to qualify to score real tests. Something is wrong with either the hiring methods, the training methods or the employee testing methods if two thirds of everyone failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people running Pearson need to take a look at their system for training and testing scorers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance, competitive salaries, and great people.

    Cons

    I feel that leaders need to develop the vision for the enterprise and articulate it to the entire organization. To me. this creates a common purpose with everyone working toward a common goal. This is a trait that I fail to see in many of the leaders within the Pearson organization. A lot of the leaders are great people, but were either promoted to a leadership role because they worked for the organization for a long time or were a member of the Good Ole Boys Club. Sadly, this makes most of the leaders either hands on and never manage or lame ducks. Either way, leadership feels no existent.

    Another con to NCS Pearson is their inability to standardize. There are a few decision makers within the organization that see a shiny new piece of technology and want to employ it. To be fair, they see this has a way to solve some of the issues that plague the organization. But, sadly, the problem is not really the technology. Most of the technology within the organization is "top shelf" technology. However, there are a selected bunch of individuals in that "Good Ole Boys Club" that are allowed to drive the design practices of the organization. These are intelligent people, but they are also stubborn and fail to adapt to the design practices used in newer technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your leadership team and decide whether or not the people that hold such positions are the right fit for the job. You have some great and intelligent people, but many of the them lack the ability to lead. In fact, I know of a few that I would move to a more architecture type of role. Just because someone has worked for the organization for x years doesn't make them a good leader.

    I would also suggest that a more active role being taking when allowing employees to drive the decisions. I love that employees are empowered, but when none of the employees agree on something leadership needs to take a more active stance on breaking the stalemate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Alright for seasonal work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like less challenging work, you'll love it

    Cons

    seasonal, not enough to do, too much micro-managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees' experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Just a job to do. If you think you can get promotion through hard working, find somewhere else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Benefits and the job security are okay.

    Cons

    So many ... just see my review, you have an idea

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can give advice to a management who need it. If they don't, why bother?

  9.  

    cogs in the machine

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

    I worked at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    location - great area of the country
    industry - opportuity to really make a difference in educating
    most other employees - many employees are very committed to helping make the business better, and the education system better

    Cons

    management - many only out for themselves
    political atmosphere - who you konw, not what you know
    management - do not recognize high achievers, believe employees are interchangeable
    some lazy and underachieving employees - cause everyone to work to the lowest common denominator

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not look at all employees as being equal and 'plug and play'. Some employees are better than others, recognize this and reward them. Work to make underachieving employees better, or encourage them to work elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend

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