Pearson Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media (in 71 reviews)

  • Work from home seems pervasive throughout the company (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • It's as if upper management has never been in sales (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. Helpful (20)

    Would not recommend

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex time and great benefits

    Cons

    The company environment changed during my time of employment. When I started there it was a friendly, easy going company; however, when new management took over the atmosphere became very depressed and negative. The open work space that was initiated was meant to encourage more collaborative work days, but I don't think it succeeded in doing that. More of a library feel than a vital, lively workspace. It's also very difficult for advancement, and salaries are not representative of experience and time put in.


  2. Helpful (7)

    What a shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were what drove this company. Talent was oozing all over the place with a culture of innovation and a true dedication to the customer. Notice the past tense.

    Cons

    I get the struggle of a publishing company transitioning to digital, but as a former CEO once said, "it is easier to change while you are on top". Well, that time has come and gone. Now it is going to get tough. Nobody wants to be part of a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring technology executives whose main qualification is they rode one of the top tech companies into the ground in the mid 2000s. Unless that is the plan I guess.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Pearson Education

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    Current Employee - Design Lead in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Lead in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    have great benefits and for the most part designers are not micro managed

    Cons

    the company is in a constant state of reorganization which makes the atmosphere uneasy

    Advice to Management

    pick something and stick with it for at least 6 months


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sr.SW Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Technologies. Pay is ok. Opportunity to Grow.

    Cons

    No clear direction. Need to improve on on processes.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Confused

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, nice people, easy commute, OK work life balance

    Cons

    Egomaniacs rule here. some management abusive and unbending. preaches fairness and equality but does not practice it. Treat employees as chattel, increasingly hostile and unmotivated workers due to over bearing and unbending management. management chooses to break down rather than build up staff. Morale is toxic

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the ego maniacs who have been here too long and think they are the only thing that matters. trust your employees, let them take the lead don't over-manage. Continue to abuse and harass the staff and there will be no staff left.


  7. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coralville, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coralville, IA

    I worked at Pearson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is located in Iowa City, right off of the interstate, it is an educational testing company with many project and program management positions.

    Cons

    Work environment was not very flexible, work life balance is not good, abundance of micromanagement and has a history for layoffs.


  8. For such a big company, easy to get lost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, people are friendly.

    Cons

    As such a big, global company, it's likely you never see your colleagues face-to-face- google hangouts and phone calls are the heavily relied upon means of communication on a normal basis.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Gradually Being Hollowed Out

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor/Production Editor in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Editor/Production Editor in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers Manager fought to extend contract Generous with software/hardware updates

    Cons

    *No training. Editors and associate editors started running with no idea of the scope of their authority to audit/edit/rewrite material on which they were working. *Freezing office all year round. *Use of terminology which is not standard in publishing; it took me about two weeks to realize that when they were referring to "minis" in documents, they meant "thumbnail" images. *Although good at updating software and desktop hardware, way way way behind in fully utilizing publishing tools available. Editors should be working in InCopy, not doing mark ups in pdf to go back to outsourced comp vendors. Cumbersome, awkward, and rife with the possibility for propagating errors. *Rah Rah e-mails and updates from CEO, versus whole floors of empty cubicles and offices and co-workers disappearing with no warning.

    Advice to Management

    Give up the "but this is the way we've ALWAYS done it" ethos.


  10. Helpful (2)

    sales rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    -large market share -fun company -company car -invests on events

    Cons

    -management changed 2011 -they are so big it is tough to make quick changes -they have high market share, you play a lot more defense then selling to new customers


  11. Helpful (2)

    Still in transition.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Despite the bad press it receives regarding Common Core testing, etc., there are a lot of smart, well-intentioned employees working there who truly believe they can contribute to improving educational outcomes.

    Cons

    There are still a lot of old-school publishing types who are reluctant to move into the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to take more time to speak directly with customers, partners, and employees in order to better understand the pain points each constituent is experiencing b



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