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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
866 Reviews
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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. 12 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits. Unstable company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    The benefits were good and the friends I made while working there are awesome.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, management is awful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could Go Either Way

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    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
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Okay but Crazy Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    People at your own level are great to work with, the cubicles were very spacious, etc.

    Cons

    Management can be really insensitive and not set an example themselves.

    HR doesn't do anything to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set an example if you expect something of employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    The inmates are running the asylum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    It was a happy place with a lot of family camaraderie, 5 years ago.

    Cons

    They've lost their minds. Contrary to what they think the world is saying everyone is not happier working in big bull pens with their neighbor being 3 inches of elbow room away. The east cost offices people have no privacy at all, west coast is about to become that as well. There is NO room for advancement, unless you just show up to work and claim someone else's job or they make you take over the job because that person left. 3 year re-org only resulted in frustration and confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back. Think about what you are doing. If keeping employees is a big deal, try to keep the few you have that are great. I've watched more talent leave in 3 years that I saw exist at other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Pearson was a great place to work but that has changed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Pearson has a great mission - to help people make progress in their lives through learning.

    Cons

    A recent restructure has led to more hierarchy and the culture is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pearson leaders have surrounded themselves with people who are telling them what they want to hear, therefore not seeing how unhealthy the culture has become

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

    Huge opportunity to improve educational offerings exists here, some employees care, some don't.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work/life balance is good, company says the right things about education

    Cons

    many employees entrenched in paper publishing, rate of change to digital is too slow overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire techies, now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Good Mission run amok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Very talented and committed individuals at all levels. Good work life balance. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Jock culture. Leadership positions are given to mostly white males of a similar religion as long as they golf or the like. Politics still trumps performance despite lip service. Overloaded on marleting from all sides. Silo building rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some diverse men and women from different ethnicities and religions and promote them to leadership, look at the body of their work, not how much they go out drinking or playing golf with good old boys.

  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work until John Fallon took charge.

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Old Tappan, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Old Tappan, NJ

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Outsourced almost all IT work to India, eliminating hundreds of full-time employees; and with that went all accumulated business system knowledge. Management is now more interested in tracking the work not being done rather than concentrating on doing it. Jumped the shark!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking from Peter to pay Paul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 12 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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