Pearson Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
795 Reviews
3.2
795 Reviews
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John Fallon
164 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media (in 60 reviews)

  • Almost all of my colleagues with families work from home twice a week (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 32 reviews)

  • IT development teams and operations tend to work long hours (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Messages

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor (Math)  in  Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Editor (Math) in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I love coming to work here every day. I have learned a lot in a relatively short period of time. My immediate managers are super supportive and patient with me and coworkers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The company as a whole really doesn't value its workers. They hire almost exclusively on a Term Of Project basis and created a policy where you have to leave the company after 2 years if no permanent openings exist. They are constantly cutting positions even though there is tons of work to be done, making it more and more difficult for the people that still work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other companies in the industry don't have a time limit for TOP employment. It seems so counterproductive to cut employees loose just as they are starting to hit their stride and understand the industry and the way things work in the company. Then you lose even more time during the hiring process and the training of new editors who come in not knowing what they are doing or how the company works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Great People with positive energy

    Cons

    Outdated CRM and duplicate processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some newer technology

  3.  

    Changes

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in South Bend, IN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Some great people. Opportunities for Growth.

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive with competitors in same industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get on campus more. You need to understand how the Sales Rep job is changing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company lots of internal opportunities and lots of smart energetic teams

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Director  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Director in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, some division are working with latest greatest technologies. Most development follow agile and are now jumping into devops model. Pearson is also working on building a big platform, vs just buying company with good technology... Finally, they are working on removing layer of management...

    Cons

    Big re-org from top down continue, removing some layer of management causing some exec to be very unhappy... We are losing some good people mostly b/c some of those exec leaving are stilling some of us and in other case nobody really enjoy working for an exec that is unhappy...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please please remove those red tap and allow your leader to have full power on hiring and on authorizing salary adjustments... It's ridiculous that for a company this size we have to go up to L2-3 for backfill approval of worker bee... (Yes in some area we have 10 level... but thanks for working on reducing this...)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    The MBAs won the Re-Org War

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Upper Saddle River, NJ

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to be a pretty decent place to work, great pay and benefits, very, very good benefits in fact.

    Still a lot of good people work here who believe in the mission.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. They literally never stop re-organizing. It's a bit Orwellian.

    The latest re-org was the big one for the US. Four different businesses merged into one. It took 18 months just to name the managers. Now all these managers continue to manage as if they are still in their old roles. They micromanage and lead by fear. No one tries to learn anything new. No one has a holistic view. I seriously doubt any single member of the management team has a complete picture of this business.

    Now they have entered the bastion of scoundrels, cost cutting. Seems like Pearson cannot create any good products, and can no longer sell their crap products, revenue is tanking. I think the plan is too squeeze the employees and bleed them dry so Wall Street is happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no clue. While John Fallon will admit that we are operationally challenged, I doubt he knows the full severity of the situation.

    Communicate. The president of the division I work for has not even bothered to host one conference call this year.

    My only suggestion, hire some real managers, someone to actually run the business, day to day, in the trenches. VPs are a dime a dozen at Pearson. They have no real power. It seems the various Presidents spend their time pontificating vision. It seems no one minds the store anymore.

    Hire a hot shot that has ran a company like the company you want to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Squeeze

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some divisions have wonderful cultures, others do not. It is such a large company that it really depends on your division. I worked with some absolutely wonderful people and also with (and for) some sadistic ones. The most petty, crazy, evil people I have ever known were managers there, and upper management did nothing about that, in spite of documented complaints.

    Cons

    The company is too large. Its mission to promote learning gets lost in profit-making. Decision-makers are not educators, yet they design educational products. Pearson acquires companies to make them become each other's customers. We were always caught in a budget squeeze. Although the company promotes a worker-friendly environment by sponsoring picnics and contests, our department did not have time to participate because we were frantically busy, trying to do more with less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great ideals and purpose. Reality is a little less than great.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    "Always Learning" is a wonderful slogan. Strong emphasis on picking up new skills and branching out into new areas of responsibility. Latitude for making mistakes while learning encourages picking up and trying again. The people here are very intelligent and diverse.
    Work-from-home every Friday is nice, as is the flexibility to work from home other days on an as-needed basis. Technology pretty much makes it easy to continue work with others fluidly.

    Cons

    Management is confused and out of touch. We get our work done despite them, not because of them. They are frequently blockers to our progress. Reorgs happen with enough regularity that it is hard to get experts on any of the codebases, which leads to a lot of needless investigation (because documentation is unnecessary, being Agile as we are).

    Communication is horrible. The only way to know the movement in the company is to listen to the rumor mill or overhear things in the lunchroom. My manager has two teams and frequently we find out last-minute that something the other team has done will break our code. Decisions made months ago in their silo are now causing panics on the production servers. And on a different day, "oh yeah, we hired a new guy. He's starting tomorrow." with no one on our team interviewing him (including the Team Lead).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the lower managers and make sure the information is properly getting disseminated.
    Pay attention to how unsettling it is to be shifted around so much - half the productivity is lost trying to find out who is responsible for what area this month.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish I had more time there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice facilities and working environment was great. Good co-workers within a team setup. Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse.

    Cons

    When your term is done there isn't much love lost and not much assistance when it comes to finding additional positions within the company. Many managers were unaware of what other positions were and what they entailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep the people you enjoy working with and feel that you can utilize for new roles, rather than letting the directors send them packing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    If you're a talented sales achiever who wants to earn a lot of money, look elsewhere.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and the benefits are great. You have the ability to collaborate with lots of departments and grow your skill set.

    Cons

    Below industry standards for salary and the bonus plan is terrible. When the company's product fail, you find yourself doing more IT support then sales and your work-life balance is...let's just say...unbalanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your talented and experienced sales people by paying them more and giving them tools to succeed. Invest more in your digital product line so it's reliable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not Recommended

    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefit and compensation package. Work from home seems pervasive throughout the company.

    New CIO seems more direct and much more organized than the previous one.

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical, political culture. Management typically communicates by issuing wordy multi-page memos and you have to parse it for the two or three sentences that actually say something. While there are some solid people managers there, horrible ones thrive. There is much, much talking AT employees and almost no talking WITH employees. Conference calls are extremely regimented, with first line managers instant messaging employees during the call to browbeat them about what to say or not say. See this sort of thing happen often enough, and even work that you would enjoy in any other setting becomes both tedious and stressful. Just a bizarre work culture, like a bad parody of 1950s workplace.

    The annual performance bonus is nice but, so far as I can tell, totally unrelated to performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your managers to take the review process seriously and relate it to the annual bonus. Institute 360 reviews; some of your mgmt team are abusive thugs and you have no visibility to that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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