Pearson Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Incident Manager

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

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sharp focus on improving service management processes. Strong leadership by example. Opportunity to work with global colleagues using follow the sun support model.

    Cons

    Reliant on individual heroics instead of high functioning teamwork. Many strategic decisions are made at global level without input from regional operations. Compensation is meager for expected 50+ hour work week.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with the same value that you expect to treat customers. Appreciate that your work force is not robotic. Reconsider work-life balance to attract new talent.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Company has gone down hill in the last few years. Bad management, poor communication, lack of direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pearson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, location, summer hours, casual

    Cons

    Bad management. Bad communication. No processes. Low pay. No growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating lower level employees poorly. Have a clear career track. Communicate better.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Working at Pearson as a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is good, the people were great....but there is a big but....

    Cons

    Two things...the re-org has caused a lot of upheaval, tension and problems. Many people were let go and the workload just got passed on to those who remained.

    Also....as a contractor getting paid was cumbersome and very slow. Thru no fault of the team I was working with...it's just the Pearson way with contractors...so be ready to have a long wait for a paycheck.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Right idea...Wrong path

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the benefits, the work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company motto should be changed from "Always Learning" to "Always Changing".

  6. Helpful (6)

    An analog company still searching for its identity in a rapidly changing digital world.

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Pearson has the standard pros of any big corporation or big college textbook publisher: Salary, benefits (e.g., vacation, VSP, etc.), working remotely 1-2 days a week.

    Cons

    Pearson's cons are many. It's a top-down, highly regimented management structure. Over complicated rules and procedures are decided by upper management with little or no feedback/input from the employees directly affected. Pearson is also heavy on formal meetings, making it difficult to resolve minor issues quickly or efficiently. Emphasis too much on problems rather than problem solving.

    Advice to Management

    The recent reorganization wasn't particularly well thought out, necessitating a rethink if upper management wants to retain above-average talent.

  7. Helpful (7)

    Change is good but there has been too much change at Pearson and too often.

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues - smart and talented. Benefits are good. Though sporadic throughout departments and divisions, there is the opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    Diminished roles due to outsourcing. Skills not needed to do jobs any more. Promotions are done secretly - no opportunities for others to apply for the openings. All that really matters are the data reports.

  8. Helpful (26)

    Not the same company it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health Benefits , vacation/holiday time. Matching 401k. Adjusted hours in the Summer to allow for longer weekends.

    Cons

    Employees no longer seem to matter. After multiple re-orgs there has been so much work dumped on the remaining employees with very little training and heavy demands. Work life balance has disappeared, basically you should be happy you have a job so do whatever it takes to get it done. Salary and increases are minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Management should invest the time to understand the responsibilities and demands of certain positions before having people, without much knowledge of a job, create policies.

  9. Helpful (20)

    Great people, screwed up organization

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked with some amazing, talented, dedicated people, whose talents are frankly wasted here. The flexible schedule and ability to work from home are great. Decent benefits. If you don't mind the possibility of your job being completely turned upside down without warning or explanation, work here!

    Cons

    Completely disorganized and disjointed management that is totally out of touch with what the workforce needs to get their jobs done. Constant "restructuring" i.e. layoffs of the people who are doing valuable work while the upper management flounders around doing very little. Many of the really great people either leave or are laid off while the dead wood hangs on. Constant bad press makes it hard to be proud of working for this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in your communications to your workforce. Hire leadership who know how to lead, not just talk about "strategies for success". Consider NOT laying off the people who are actually working really hard to make money for you.

  10. Associate SQE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good flexibility, time off , work from home

    Cons

    No work, no proper guidance regarding what we are working on, lots of inhouse complex tools, lots of politics going around,
    No good compensation

  11. Helpful (7)

    Too many reorganizations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, typical big-corp stuff

    Cons

    The reorganizations are boarding on the absurd at this point. It's like a Monty Python skit.

    Advice to Management

    Solve the root cause problems. Another reorg is not needed.

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