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Pearson Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
185 Reviews
2.0
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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. 24 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    Great people, screwed up organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Associate SQE

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Needs to improve quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance; coworkers who are very kind, friendly, and knowledgable; benefits are fantastic

    Cons

    No guidance
    No real backing from management team
    Reorganization is killing our business, causing much higher work load, territory transition, layoffs of necessary employees, negative attitude, and extremely poor customer response/feedback. (Many of customers I've spoken too will not come back to Pearson because of this reorganization)
    Customer Service (responsible for placing orders, invoices, and other key functions within the company) knows nothing.
    Very gossip heavy - if one rumor is created, it's held against you for a very long time
    Management knows nothing of changes within company or inner workings of company outside of forecasting and how to conduct a meeting to 'motivate' employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out about what changes are coming sooner than 1 hour before they take effect
    Keep employees that matter and have a proven track record
    Provide actual training instead of letting us learn everything on the job
    We're going through a reorganization - you can't expect numbers to be perfect. Stop laying off key employees that have helped drive a huge percentage of sales
    Practice what you preach

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

    Review

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

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    good work environment, fun nice cocworkers

    Cons

    no opportunity for growth, takes care of upper management only.

  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    IT Director

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Once they get through the reorg, hoping things turn around.

    Cons

    Currently lack of communication and leadership. Shipping jobs off shore and moving management positions to the UK.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work until the reorganization that was rolled out in 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Not much lately. Best thing is they let you work remotely.

    Cons

    Three different designations of marketers leading to a constant cluster-you-know-what. Corporate culture shoved down your throat till you gag. Has become huge and impersonal and doesn't act or feel any longer like the company I started working for years ago. ZERO career development and opportunities to move around inside the company unless you are in sales.

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

    Too many educators and too many reorganizations

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Mission is admirable and employees care about customers

    Cons

    Significant disconnect between upper management and employees. Too many ex-educators and not enough business management and technology experts results in running the business like a school district. Too many reorganizations and not enough real teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hoboken Open office open desks open season

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hoboken, Nj in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Hoboken, Nj in Hoboken, NJ

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    If you're an senior leader you get beautiful view of river and skyline.

    Cons

    If you're anyone else you get view of other office buildings where they reward their employees with doored offices. Or maybe streets of shops that you can't afford now that you pay for public transportation to get to your open desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-do this office layout. Give offices where needed, cubes where needed keep conference rooms. Too many crucial employees working from home because of an office layout that could easily be redone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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