Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
875 Reviews
3.2
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John Fallon
204 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 71 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 38 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    I love the people I work with and the pay is good. I feel valued.

    Cons

    The company could work on a communication strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on internal communication strategy. But Pearson is overall great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Constant reorganization is leaving employees dizzy.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair benefits and compensation. Flexible hours and telecommuting are allowed for some roles with management approval.

    Cons

    Management rolled out an extensive reorganization to move to a matrix organization last year. The transition has not been managed well and it has created a culture where employees don't feel empowered nor a sense of ownership over projects. There are so many levels of approval for simple decisions that it stalls innovation and there is not a sense of urgency to address issues. Revenue has suffered and employees are leaving or even worse... they, "quit and stay" with the hopes that this current model will change with the next reorganization. New leaders are appointed every couple of months and employees who are dizzy from the changes are sitting around waiting for clear leadership and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply approval processes to enable the organization to respond more quickly to customer needs. Old hierarchy systems needs to be dismantled before a matrix organizational structure can be effective. Otherwise, you have just added more levels of approval without a clear leader and owner who is accountable for the final decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Great Things - Future Great Things - Currently in Transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    The people hired at Pearson are generally good and motivated by more than money.

    Cons

    The model is changing in response to industry need. This has led to necessary and disruptive change uprooting many comfortable employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The grass is not always greener.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could Go Either Way

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Plenty of resources. Variety of content.

    Cons

    Chaotic reorganization. Cumbersome systems. Questionable bonus ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in products and producers, rather than sellers and commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Online Learning Software Development and Hosting Professional

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

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

    Pros

    Good smart people. Good products being developed. For the most part the employees care about the customer.

    Cons

    Recent reorgs have caused serious angst, dysfunction at the lower levels. Large political battles being fought at the higher levels. Worried the end result may be worsening customer experience and a significant reduction in product quality. Used to feel like a start-up/small shop mentality - now has turned into huge, bureaucratic organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending mixed signals. Stop with the passive aggressive behavior. Get back to a customer focused approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

    Going through some growing (or shrinking) pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic life/work flexibility, not micro-managed, ability and freedom to create my own programs. Very happy with my specific group.

    Cons

    Ever since Fallon took over, it has started to feel like we're a bunch of used car salesmen. There's so much talk of efficacy, but the reality feels like it's more about lining the pockets of senior management, being in bed with the government and gaining power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the positive vibe Marjorie Scardino pumped into all of us. We'd be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Company is so big, your positive or negative experience depends on where you work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good core mission, flexible work-from-home

    Cons

    K12 division is a swirling mess due to constant reorgs. The most recent re-orgs (during last 18 months) have been top-down-driven with little consideration for how business works operationally at mid- and lower-levels. Revenue has suffered, talented people have left in droves. Since many product lines have lost (or laid off) people, the phrase "not my job..." is heard regularly as nobody is left who has historic knowledge of products, processes, or past promises made to customers. Way more time is spent fighting internally in the new matrixed organization than is spent solving problems for customers or developing new products.

    Due to the "flattening" of the organization, executives at the VP and above level have been demoted a rank (VPs were made Directors, SVPs were made VPs) which is also leading to an exodus of leadership. Pearson used to be a place where I was proud to work. No more. I am looking outside for possibilities at smaller companies where the organization does not eat its own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "One Pearson" is a nice motto theoretically, but may not work operationally because aircraft carriers are hard to turn. John Fallon, your good intentions are getting lost in the botched handling of the most recent reorganizations. Get real and listen to the folks in the trenches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to understand what went wrong

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good mission, good benefits. There is no shortage of interesting and challenging business/technical problems that need to be tackled. Opportunities for training/growth are available (but you have to ask).

    Cons

    Leadership is floundering right now, from the top all the way down. Executive management wants to take all that great Pearson content and stay relevant in the digital age ... to truly transform learning. But they have no idea how to do it, and they're not listening to the people who do.

    Good leadership is about finding ways to get the most out of your people ... it's about focusing on results (not the activities towards those results). But you won't get that at Pearson right now. It's become much more authoritarian and top-down in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to make the shift from print to digital, you need to solicit more input from technologists. Too many decisions have been made by legacy-minded leaders, without the input from people that understand how to build software.

    You can't become the "Facebook of Education" when you buy all of your software products, yet build your own data center ... technology innovators that are successful do the exact opposite.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pleasers

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good work

    Cons

    Management, leadership and any authority are way too disconnected. People pleasers will like it here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not invincible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Used to be much better

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Management is supportive and understanding. Under the former CEO company values and mission were at the core of everything the company did. Things have taken a massive down turn since the CEO left. Leadership lost a lot of knowledgeable people to competitors. Had massive layoffs. Leadership and management did not evaluate talent or attempt to keep the most talented staff, rather they just did away with jobs and lost great employees.

    Cons

    Changes are not filtered to employees. Resources have been taken away and not replaced. Has become hard to do that day-to-day operations of the job or even small tasks. Most people are unhappy with the current environment and it shows. People are being spread too thin. Decisions are based on saving money in the short term not long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is necessary during change.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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