Pearson Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
830 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 37 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that allows you to work on your own schedule or work form home. You can work full-time and take good care of your family. Managers are very supportive and your concerns are always resolved. Good environment with nice and supportive colleagues. Good insurance packages.

    Cons

    Can be stressful sometimes because of the working load. Not very supportive for professional growth outside of the routine work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Generally positive experience, some drawbacks

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

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

    Pros

    Promote-from-within culture is beneficial to employees, opportunities to contribute to industry-leading products and teams.

    Cons

    Typical large corporate drawbacks: slow to change, some standards often pushed from corporate folks (which can squash innovation), lagging a bit in comparison to some modern standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very positive group of people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scoring Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Scoring Director in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Pearson part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The folks who do the scoring and the supervisors are very friendly and professional. They know how to train and adjust when a problem comes up. The work/life balance is superb, even if the job is "seasonal".

    Cons

    The pay is good, but the work tends to be "feast or famine." The fall season is very bleak!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to make more folks year 'round workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid company going through transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President, Corporate Function in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Corporate Function in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great values and focus on the learner. Measuring the learner's success using Pearson products and services is key to ensuring meeting customer needs. Pearson understands the world is changing, more digital and customized products need to be available for all learners

    Cons

    Transitional state right now; people still learning how to work under new model. While there have been efforts to train employees on new ways of working they have not become ingrained in processes yet so many are still feeling a bit lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be patient with good employees, everyone is trying to do the best they can in a new world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Pearson, good bad and ugly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Finance North America Services in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Director of Finance North America Services in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance is incredible, and a lot of good people work here.

    Cons

    Company leadership struggles with vision and lots of turnaover at the top. Recently did a re-org which is causing a lot of good talent to leave our company. We seem to be mostly driven by the sales organizations and we don't make sound financial decisions and strategic direction of company is really wavering. Concern about career progression for those at Director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your managers and directors before making re-org decisions in a vacuum. Understand the implications of the decisions you make and admit when you have made a mistake. Its ok to admit a bad decision, and follow that up with immediate action to remedy the issues you have caused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great paycheck as long as your willing to watch your talent and skills waste away while smoke is blown up your arse.

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

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

    Pros

    The paycheck I receive every two weeks is the most pleasurable part of this place. The people I work with are the second...mostly good people who have original thoughts and good skills.

    Cons

    Upper management (I'd call them leadership but they couldn't lead themselves out of a wet paper sack with a gaping hole) provides lip service to employees about the state of the organization. I can tell you what that is...it's in trouble. Working here can be equated to working as a dung beetle: sure it's a job but you work with crap all day long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    4 out of 5 employees have no faith in your abilities, try LEADING instead of this fiefdom infighting. No one gives a hoot about how many direct reports you have, not when you're running the organization into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Trying to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up

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

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

    Pros

    Pearson offers great benefits in all areas. In general, its people are competent and professional, and want to do the right thing. Flexible work scheduling allows for working from home occasionally. Lots of opportunities for employee engagement.

    Cons

    The business is cyclical with period of high stress, long hours, and high risk. Senior managers spend more time managing "up" to promote their own self-interests instead of leading, managing, and developing their team members. Turnover is low, most likely due to great pay and benefits, so there isn't much opportunity for advancement. Implementation of new education strategy has taken a toll on its workforce and the morale of those who remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carefully review the results of the recent employee engagement survey. It's important that you take action on the most frequently mentioned concerns. You need to communicate these concerns to all employees and then document the actions we all need to take to address them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    old management with new ideas but no vision of the future

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good team members
    flexible work hours

    Cons

    you have to work with several teams in different time zones who don't report to same people as you report to and no-one wants to work together. The management is more worried about making more money than solving the problem. Though they keep hiring executives from top name companies they don't seem to help improve anything. The management keeps buying new companies and they are literally have no idea how to make them all work together and let them monkey around with whatever they want. The company likes to say they are global but they don't want to address any issue involving the cross team communication. Pay is not really great. Growing in the company is hopeless until you have contacts high up. only good thing is that if you don't perform good you still get to keep the job. The management is clueless where the money is getting spent and keeps doing audits. Nothing gets approved soon but they want results yesterday.Efficacy is another joke people are hired and made as a team just to say if an idea will work or not. Even if they find out through the so called efficacy process the project won't be done in time we are still force to do it.

    I would strongly recommend people with high hopes of doing the latest and greatest stay away from pearson in terms of technology and making decision they are 5 yrs behind.

    As per promotion all they will say is that they don't have budget or they will scare you saying our jobs will be outsourced to india or china if we ask too much.

    most of your time will just be wasted talking with other teams in other time zones and some of those teams won't be flexible to accommodate your timings instead they will just try to walk out in the middle of the meetings stating their 8 hrs of work is done and they no longer can stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure cross team communication is fixed don't keep ignoring the elephant in the room. match at least the market average for salary. Don't keep saying we need to make more money show the employees what your vision is. All these efficacy and stuff is good if you are professor trying to prove theory in reality it is the nothing other than what the low levels employees raise as an issue just they are presented with pretty graphs and with fancy words. stop wasting money in things like efficacy and first listen to employees. Focus on the latest trends sooner not 5-6 years late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company and products, values performance over treatment of people

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    products, training, coworkers, opportunity for advancement if you are willing to play the game

    Cons

    allows bullies with personality disorders to continue to advance at the expense of others in the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop ordaining "golden children" based on sales dollar performance and spend time weeding out these cancers that damage your organization in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Business, good company, company needs transformation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Archjitect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Archjitect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's good company with good mission and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Company needs to transform itself to align with the new mission and business model. Very slow environment. too much restructuring lately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to move faster or else you will continue losing talented and experienced people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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