Pearson Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
803 Reviews
3.2
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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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Squeeze

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some divisions have wonderful cultures, others do not. It is such a large company that it really depends on your division. I worked with some absolutely wonderful people and also with (and for) some sadistic ones. The most petty, crazy, evil people I have ever known were managers there, and upper management did nothing about that, in spite of documented complaints.

    Cons

    The company is too large. Its mission to promote learning gets lost in profit-making. Decision-makers are not educators, yet they design educational products. Pearson acquires companies to make them become each other's customers. We were always caught in a budget squeeze. Although the company promotes a worker-friendly environment by sponsoring picnics and contests, our department did not have time to participate because we were frantically busy, trying to do more with less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great ideals and purpose. Reality is a little less than great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    "Always Learning" is a wonderful slogan. Strong emphasis on picking up new skills and branching out into new areas of responsibility. Latitude for making mistakes while learning encourages picking up and trying again. The people here are very intelligent and diverse.
    Work-from-home every Friday is nice, as is the flexibility to work from home other days on an as-needed basis. Technology pretty much makes it easy to continue work with others fluidly.

    Cons

    Management is confused and out of touch. We get our work done despite them, not because of them. They are frequently blockers to our progress. Reorgs happen with enough regularity that it is hard to get experts on any of the codebases, which leads to a lot of needless investigation (because documentation is unnecessary, being Agile as we are).

    Communication is horrible. The only way to know the movement in the company is to listen to the rumor mill or overhear things in the lunchroom. My manager has two teams and frequently we find out last-minute that something the other team has done will break our code. Decisions made months ago in their silo are now causing panics on the production servers. And on a different day, "oh yeah, we hired a new guy. He's starting tomorrow." with no one on our team interviewing him (including the Team Lead).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the lower managers and make sure the information is properly getting disseminated.
    Pay attention to how unsettling it is to be shifted around so much - half the productivity is lost trying to find out who is responsible for what area this month.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a bumpy road, with some smooth sections

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

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Gain insight into Education Publishing, but it depends on what part of Pearson you join.
    If you are lucky, you get to work with some (not many) excellent people who are deeply knowledgeable in education.

    Cons

    Pay scales are not the best. Talent is not recognized and rewarded.
    Climbing up the corporate ladder was easier for people who "kiss-ass".
    Bureaucracy, management heavy organization with less doers and more talkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of highly talented people in Pearson. If you invest in ideas from such people, you are investing in organically growing the company
    I would employ a 360 degree review policy in the company to weed out the people who are hardly adding any value to the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Was great, will be great again

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Working for a company that provides products and services to Education market allows me to contribute positively to society as a whole.

    Cons

    The K-21 market is 5-10 years behind in many business areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once upper management gets the org structure settled in, it will be well on its way to higher profits, higher employee satisfaction and retention, and higher customer satisfaction. There is still a ways to go before the world-wide corporate reorg is settled in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish I had more time there.

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

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice facilities and working environment was great. Good co-workers within a team setup. Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse.

    Cons

    When your term is done there isn't much love lost and not much assistance when it comes to finding additional positions within the company. Many managers were unaware of what other positions were and what they entailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep the people you enjoy working with and feel that you can utilize for new roles, rather than letting the directors send them packing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - N/A in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Pearson's benefits are excellent, and most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much emphasis on certain offices, while others are left to deteriorate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a lot of advancement, but good company

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, summer Fridays.

    Cons

    Low pay, not a lot of room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Time to go back to the drawing board and respect the employees as customers

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Medical/Dental/Vision, 401k company match, Holiday/Paid Time Off.
    Most importantly the legacy employees like myself who have been there for quite some time and understand the business.

    Cons

    Been with the company for 16+ years and its time that Pearson goes back to the drawing board and respect the employees as customers. We do all the work and do not get credit for it, or a thank you...The work ethic and culture with the changes of upper management over the years, especially the last 2 years, have hindered the morale with this company and made it very hostile. It's time to fix it. Enough is enough with squeezing every penny out of your employees because upper management can't make decisions in a timely manner but expects us to drop everything, work long hours and weekends with compressed schedules to generate product. Hello we are not robots. We are human beings that live and breathe with families at home that need us. Remember that when you go home Upper Management. Another issue is that I've seen is no more respect from upper management. They talk down to you, asked never to ask questions in meetings cause it is not my place too, accused of inaccurate facts when you proved them inaccurate and won't acknowledge they were wrong. I can go on and on. But one in particular is in a department meeting that a General Manager says "if you don't like it then this is not the place for you" in a response to a person asking a question about the ideas to improve the decision making of business cases and plan. I was floored as everyone else was in the room - gasped. Real professionalism in the workplace thrown out of the window at this company - nice leadership skills. Career Opportunities - at my worksite not many and it is frustrating when you want to grow and there are not any opportunities unless you move out of state. We are in the 21st Century aka digital resources and work remotely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to go back to the drawing board and treat your employees as customer. You must change your hostile work ethic and culture for it to get better. I cringe when I go into the office cause you don’t know what you’re going to get hit with next. Here is an idea to fix it; Upper Management has a zero tolerance policy. If they treat any employee disrespectfully verbally or in email they are given a warning and if it happens again to the same employee or another employee then you’re fired. I've been in too many conference calls and meetings where I cannot believe the written/verbal behavior of upper management towards people, swearing, belittling, blaming with inaccurate facts, etc. It's uncalled for and needs to stop. Also, improve on your career opportunities so if a person in the Midwest can do a job that is located in Boston or USR is given a chance. You’re losing talented people because you have brought in the wrong people in management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Not the same

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Generous benefits, vacation, flexible w/work hours

    Cons

    Reorg is too top heavy and confusing. Not a pleasant place anymore.

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    It has a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Company constantly reorganizes and seems to be confusion

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