Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.3 749 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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John Fallon

(146 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Know when to walk away, Know when to run

    Senior Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits including severance
    Intelligent, passionate, inspired co-workers
    Working with educators and students toward a common goal

    ConsKing Henry VIII once asked a French princess to be his next Queen and she laughed, saying, "I'm too fond of my neck." If you are too fond of your neck, don't join Pearson. Sadly, it is not the company it once was, and industry outlook is grim for at least the next 5 years. Rather than have public lay-offs like Cengage, Pearson's very British tactic to deal with industry contraction is to quietly place those experienced high performing Representatives who remain on PIPs (Performance Improvement Plans). This amounts to blatant age discrimination, but as HR will tell you Pearson has deep pockets. Representatives with long storied careers of high performance, including those who had even been given a watch at an awards ceremony just a few years ago have been let go. It is very telling when one knows of at least 5 Reps who were at Leadership Council last year who have either gone to a competitor or left the industry entirely. Don't be fooled when they tell you you'll get summers off. That hasn't been the case in years!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhatever happened to Scardino's "brave, decent and imaginative"? There is nothing brave, decent or imaginative about putting once loyal, high performing Reps on PIPs, who have been victims of their own success and industry contraction. When will LTSs, DMs, and RMs, etc. be held accountable for performances not what we have been accustomed to, but which are the new normal? Who entrusts someone who failed miserably at 360 as the NSM and expects anything better than the good 'ol boy (this is 2014, not 1880), micromanagement culture of fear that exists today? Is the only tool in your tool box you've got to face this industry contraction excel spreadsheets? Really?! Apparently, numbers are really bad if all we talk about at Sales Meetings is health & wellness instead of the Powerpoints of Bill Barke's time when Pearson was out-performing industry standards. Invest in tech support. Don't delude yourself into thinking that your technology is so good it doesn't need it. Professors and students alike would laugh. The only reason Pearson has done as well as it has, has been because of the same dedicated, customer service oriented reps you let go. Good luck with reaping what you've sown.

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

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    All that glitters isn't gold.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPearson is a forerunner in the education industry and that can be exciting, particularly from a digital standpoint. They also offer comprehensive competitive benefits and are open to flexible work hours as well as telecommuting (although there is no reimbursement for internet or phone). Employee wellness is encouraged with on-site programs like Weight Watchers.

    ConsPearson refuses to pay people their worth and seems to have adopted a "be thankful you have a job" philosophy. Reorganizations have been occurring annually for at least the last 5 years, with sometimes more than one in a year. For a company who's mission is "Brave, Imaginative, and Decent", they have been anything but that in recent years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the people who are actually doing the work and producing. Let them know they are appreciated and integral to the company, as the morale in some offices is abysmal. Spend money to train people properly when new ways of working are introduced. Be "Brave, Imaginative and Decent" towards your employees and it will come back to you threefold.

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

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    Great to hate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosmission to help people advance in their life through learning

    ConsTransformation is a disaster. Too slow, too vague, too many chiefs and not enough team work. New structure is not flatter and more agile...it is more layers and red tape to get anything done. No concern with Pearson employees anymore. Just concern for the customer (i.e. the revenue).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the people who work at Pearson... only then will the bottom-line begin to improve.

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

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    Goal oriented but not valuing employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are good amongst competition

    ConsPersonal growth and employee motivation is not given proper consideration

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Once Great Publisher

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are great. Very knowledgeable and personable. Immediate manager cares about employees. Suburban location fantastic, with free parking. Summer hours available, as well as flex start hours.

    ConsNot much room to move up. Constantly reorganizing. Major shift of work to outside companies. New CEO emphasizes shareholder importance, giving lip service to employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that labor is another form of capital. Without the employees, there wouldn’t be a company.

    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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    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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    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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