Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.3 737 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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John Fallon

(140 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Saw Better Times before the Re-org

    Director (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting field of education, good benefits

    ConsManagement too absorbed in their own position, and not enough focus on keeping good people

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinish up the re-org and invest in your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Account General Manager (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsFantastic benefits. Great people and products.

    ConsMarket is changing and resulting reorg can be tough. The future is bright!

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue on the path we've set. Have patience. The strategy is sound but needs time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a chance to improve the world through education. Great benefits, flexible work hours. Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week.

    ConsContinuous reorganizations are disruptive to staff with very little apparent benefit. Some management and sr management appoint,nets leave you scratching your head. Need to transform publishing groups, but may not have the right leadership in place to accomplish in a timely manner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire good talent and let them do their jobs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company. Very caring of their employees even during challenging transition times. New CIO and clear vision.

    Director of IT (Current Employee) Old Tappan, NJ

    ProsThey really care about their employees. Challenged with how to address the need to revolutionize the industry and doing a great job attempting to add value to the company and people's lives.

    ConsNo different than other companies faced with change. Those in the company that feel entitled get bitter during times of change. Those able to understand the company position embrace the change and try to help company success even when it impacts them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide openness and clarity as you have this past year. Understand that not everyone will be happy during times of change. Focus on what is right for the consumers of educational products and we will work together to become a better provider.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Rep (Higher Ed)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsControl over your own schedule, supportive mgmt team, great mission for the marketplace.

    ConsTechnology not quite as good as it could be, after hours culture is a little crazy. Employees are often expected to work evenings and early mornings before standard work hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love My Coworkers, Hate The Company

    Test Administrator (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible, part time hours, great coworkers. Often great customers. Able to make a difference in people's lives with compassion and humor to soothe their nerves and bolster their courage.

    ConsNo lunch breaks. No lunch room, microwaves, coffee makers, hot plates, vending allowed. Some centers have proctor desks electronically monitored and recorded.
    Constant change to rules, processes.
    Lots of turnover.
    Previous employee recognition award system in "revamp" mode and essentially defunct.
    Cheap, cheap, cheap raises for the work done..this is a "professional" testing environment but essentially it is retail service and anyone who has worked in that industry knows how taxing it can be. There is little acknowledgement for the sheer effort it can be to smile at a difficult customer calling you every name in the book for asking him to adhere to the client's rules, and if there is no manager working the shift your only option is to call someone about the situation. Additionally raises are across the board so new hires start far at higher wages than tenured, experienced employees. Managers paid slightly above workers and expected to process reports either during infrequent down time at work or at home off the clock.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork a week in the testing centers to get an idea of the true dedication all test center employees have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pearson Transformation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPearson is undergoing a much-needed transformation to redefine it's vision and markets. It is a bold (and risky) move that impacts all lines of business. This is no small endeavor, and if successful, can position the company towards new lines of profitability, reach, and sustainability.

    ConsPearson has decades of legacy systems and legacy thinking to overcome. A change of this magnitude requires strong, swift, and innovative leadership, that must create conditions that enable its employees to do the kinds of experimentation and disruptive innovation necessary to create these new paths. The current leadership is too entrenched in legacy thinking and management style, focused more on strategy rather than culture, and too slow to react.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWholesale change of this magnitude is slow, painful, and only as effective as the lowest common denominator. Consider creating an "innovation factory" within, allowing selected talent to be unencumbered by current constraints and develop new ways of working and producing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work, but poor moral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Upper Saddle River, NJ

    ProsGreat time flexibility with work-life issues and overall benefit package. Many talented, professional staff members to learn from.

    ConsToo many reorganizations have created a negative work environment. Employees seem to have little confidence with current corporate direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tired, but hopeful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUndergoing significant change to become a unified "One Pearson", rather than separate and unique acquisitions, syncing people, responsibilities, systems, etc,. Long-over due and exciting future state ahead. Really good benefits. Some really good people.

    ConsChange is painful, lots of turmoil, fear, frustration, job losses, job changes; concerns that some of the changes made are not actually aligning with the goals or the middle managers are not connected enough to be able to help employees see to the other side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication through mgmt to all employees, give real context to communication to make it meaningful; focus on the culture to make sure it is aligning with the values.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Constant re-structuring, mediocre leaders.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay and benefits are good, they do their best to be respectful to their employees - even on exit.

    ConsMany people that have been there forever and not kept current. Lots of bureaucracy, more than I have ever seen at any other company making it impossible to get work done. Duplication of effort runs rampant through the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to re-evaluate the current re-org, and take a close look at your senior leadership team - do they have the right skills to lead the company?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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