Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 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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    Draining

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat insurance plans to choose from

    ConsNot enough qualified people hired to get the job done. Too much pressure on qualified team members to pickup the slack of other employees who just couldn't do the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your qualified folks a decent wage and they will stay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No job security

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart, talented, employees, although there are not many employees left.

    ConsLayoffs are never ending. Most of the products are created and produced out of house, overseas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop all the bean counting. Embrace the digital age. Content rules.

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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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    Very low pay

    Editor (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlexible hours and the opportunity to work from home.

    ConsThe higher ups clearly do not value non-executive employees. Pay in San Francisco is far below the average. After Pearson, I got hired by a non-profit at the same title and am making a full 50% more than I did at Pearson. The low pay underlines the attitude of the execs: They seem to think their employees have no better options, and will just sit there and take the crummy pay and mismanagement. Turns out I didn't have to!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't be a competitive company if you don't offer competitive pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people with a "profits before people" new culture

    Editor (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat collaboration with smart, creative, hardworking people
    Opportunities for growth
    Pride in work (but now folks are overworked)

    ConsNew beancounting culture puts profits before people
    New "Do more with even less" gives unreasonable work to some people
    Less support than before

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

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    Company is trending in the wrong direction

    Director (Former Employee) Upper Saddle River, NJ

    ProsGood stability with employees that have been employed for a long period of time. The stability and allows you to manage work life balance. It is difficult to overlook the advantages of being able to overlook

    ConsLack of innovation; they do not have an objective way of managing or assessing talent with qualified professionals. Long tenured employee can fall into the routine trap and lack of motivation to remain current on innovative trends. Management seems to be the first to fall into this trap which leads to bad management and lack of company growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on keeping good talent and rewarding change agents that can help to transition the business for emerging growth. Hire diverse talent to bring a different perspective and avoid 'group think'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenges around ever corner

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are friendly and hard working. The benefits are adequate for a large company.

    ConsThe company is a 24/7 operation. The management team struggles. Politics are terrible. They reorg every 6 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company struggles as they over complicate solutions and hire too many people to manage customers, but not enough to actually do the technical work. Every contract ends up being customized so there is never a product that is off the shelf leading to long ramp up times.

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

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    Heavy workload with few opportunities for advancement

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Bloomington, MN

    ProsLearning new technologies, work isn't repetitive, friendly and helpful colleagues. Many opportunities to add new skills and challenge oneself.

    ConsFeel undervalued and unappreciated, all the while consistently working 50-60 hour weeks due to unrealistic deadlines. Underpaid relative to years of experience and years with the company compared to what could be made by finding a new job. Annual salary increases based on company performance as a whole and not business unit e.g. my unit makes $100 million in profit, yet Pearson as a whole loses money so no raise given. One overperforming unit of 5k employees is penalized for other units losing substantial amounts of money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and reward employee and team effort. A thank you every now and then can do wonders. Decouple annual salary increases from overall company performance. Why should any one group work hard if another unrelated group on different continent holds your fate in their hands?

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

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    Must love publishing, and be willing to work for cheap.

    Marketing Assistant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIf you're passionate about publishing, this is a good place to be. However, the pay is very low and the way to move up is to either work longer hours with no extra pay, or to become a sales rep and move. If you have no interest in being a textbook sales rep, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to you. But, if it's more important to you to have a good work-life balance and time off, this is a great place to be! They have summer hours from Memorial day to Labor Day where you can work extra hours in the day Mon-Thurs to have a half day on Friday. There are plenty of days off and for the most part, everyone in the building is a job to work with!

    ConsAs I've mentioned before, the pay is below adequate. And there is no clear path for growth or development. On the editorial team there is a clear direction for how to move up. Marketing does not have this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement never thinks about the little people in the company. They're all too worried about how much money they will make. The new policy has been, when someone leaves, to not replace them. With this model, the people who hurt are the lowest men and women on the totem pole. They end up doing multiple jobs for the same amount of pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Years ago, a great company. Now, not so much.

    Procurement (Current Employee) Upper Saddle River, NJ

    ProsFlexible working hours. Great vacation, sick and personal time benefits

    ConsThe overall vibe and energy of this company is poor. It's making people bitter that every month there are more and more people losing their jobs, and management can't give us guidelines. to the remaining folks, to follow, to keep our jobs. The negative people are allowed to contitne to be negative, and it spoils the vibe for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to show you care about the working environment. Say thank you occassionally.

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

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