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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
869 Reviews
3.1
869 Reviews
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John Fallon
200 Ratings

Review Highlights

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. 12 people found this helpful  

    Going through some growing (or shrinking) pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic life/work flexibility, not micro-managed, ability and freedom to create my own programs. Very happy with my specific group.

    Cons

    Ever since Fallon took over, it has started to feel like we're a bunch of used car salesmen. There's so much talk of efficacy, but the reality feels like it's more about lining the pockets of senior management, being in bed with the government and gaining power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the positive vibe Marjorie Scardino pumped into all of us. We'd be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place, good culture not too much stress in work. People are friendly and very helpful. Interned there for a year.

    Cons

    No happy hour, no team lunch and minimum wage compared to industry standard for a software developer. No free food nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the minimum wage for interns and give them good perks

  3.  

    Overall, a good experience. It was an easy part-time job, and great for a student. The staff was great.

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    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Pearson part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros were differently scheduling flexibility and the ability to be able to read/do work while working at the front desk. The pay was above minimum wage, which was a nice bonus. Overall, it was a good part time job to have; the stress was minimal and the job was very easy.

    Cons

    Hours are often sporadic; center opens and closes depending on how many exams are scheduled for each day. The work load also varies by season- more people test (and therefore there are more available shifts) in the spring and summer than in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for! Low key and kind of aging environment. Large operations.

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Job Security
    - knowledgable employees
    - Promotes from within the company

    Cons

    - Not a lot of communication
    - Quiet
    - Older

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 29 people found this helpful  

    Claims moral high-ground on equality, but it's really just about payback.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you play your cards right, and are of the correct oppressed demographic, you will go far. The struggle to succeed at Pearson was like going to graduate school for an MBA in Hard Knocks while being paid a good salary and benefits. I'll be able to use the bruises and scars from this experience to do even better in future endeavors.

    The benefits are the best I've ever had. The salaries are great, also.

    Cons

    If you're a white male, plan for a long career in mediocre positions with lots of responsibility, no authority, no budget to accomplish the performance goals assigned to you by your manager, and an appalling lack of follow-through on the part of your manager as to said performance goals. The last time I was part of a decent and useful performance review was when I was the manager doing them with my direct reports.

    Also, Pearson has a tendency to reorganize itself nearly every year. This habit creates a lot of org chart chaos and keeps anything from truly being settled and operationalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm 110% fine with men and women competing equally in the workplace. I enjoy working with women, sometimes even more than I enjoy working with men, because I find, in general, I get more intellectual enlightenment from the conversations I have with women. It's healthy to have both male and female perspectives in the room, working out solutions to daunting challenges. Each gender brings strengths to the table that help build a great business.

    However...

    Equality was supposed to be about...well...equality, not _payback_ or "grievance theater". I was let go after over a decade of trying to work my way up the ladder and being passed up for promotion after promotion. _Every_ time a promotion became available in my hierarchical vicinity, and I expressed an interest in and was quite qualified in obtaining it, it went to a woman. 75-80% of supervisors above me were women. Only about half of them were qualified per the job description (especially the more technical parts) or even knew what they were doing. The other half who were qualified made darn sure any men who began to get "uppity" were put in their place through passive-aggressive tactics, demotion, or firing. In saying this, I don't blame the individuals so much as a persistent negative culture particular to certain levels of management at Pearson that had been fostered by a certain former high-level executive. Everyone feared that person and all decisions made were made in fear of incurring that exec's wrath. Not a good way to build a positive working environment.

    Once, after a misunderstanding around project requirements, I was put into a room and literally interrogated by two female supervisors (the only thing missing was the bright light in my face). I was told how badly I had "damaged the reputation" of the department even though I had done nothing wrong. All documented evidence in my favor was rejected out-of-hand and I was not given the opportunity to include my accuser (also a woman) in the debate over what had gone wrong with the project. Her word was taken as gospel truth, without question, and my word was automatically discounted. After an hour of getting nowhere in my own, documented defense, I finally "broke" and I just let them believe whatever they wanted and took the consequence. The effort to defend myself was no longer worth it to me and I was done. It was a very, very toxic environment to work in.

    At Pearson, especially in the corporate office levels, there is rampant nepotism and fairly shady insider business dealings. There is also a fair amount of sexual hi-jinx and harassment...and not just instigated by the men. Pearson HR does tend to fire both the man and the woman whenever a claim of sexual harassment is levied by either of them. Not sure what purpose firing both of them serves, but that's not my circus.

    HR in particular, and the Diversity and Inclusion folks in general, needs to wake up and spend more time working on true egalitarianism, and stop playing petty identity politics games with peoples' careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pearson creates high-quality products that I was proud to represent to educators.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work independently from home and manage your own schedule as long as sales goals and objectives are met. Big company, so room to move from division to division to advance skill set while working for the same company.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to get. Annual sales goals could be really high--for example a 22% increase in sales goal from year-to-year in a market that grows at a max of 6% per year. Sales bonuses are all or nothing. You can work your tail off all year and get no bonus if you don't make your goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the sales bonus structure to include payout starting at 85% of goal achievement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people and the work is exciting. The culture is friendly and creative.

    Cons

    Management change was not smooth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that allows you to work on your own schedule or work form home. You can work full-time and take good care of your family. Managers are very supportive and your concerns are always resolved. Good environment with nice and supportive colleagues. Good insurance packages.

    Cons

    Can be stressful sometimes because of the working load. Not very supportive for professional growth outside of the routine work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Generally positive experience, some drawbacks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Management in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - IT Management in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Promote-from-within culture is beneficial to employees, opportunities to contribute to industry-leading products and teams.

    Cons

    Typical large corporate drawbacks: slow to change, some standards often pushed from corporate folks (which can squash innovation), lagging a bit in comparison to some modern standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Working Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Positive working environment. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    No work from home, even during inclement weather.

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