Pearson Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
796 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

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  

    Mixed Messages

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor (Math)  in  Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Editor (Math) in Glenview, IL

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

    Pros

    I love coming to work here every day. I have learned a lot in a relatively short period of time. My immediate managers are super supportive and patient with me and coworkers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The company as a whole really doesn't value its workers. They hire almost exclusively on a Term Of Project basis and created a policy where you have to leave the company after 2 years if no permanent openings exist. They are constantly cutting positions even though there is tons of work to be done, making it more and more difficult for the people that still work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other companies in the industry don't have a time limit for TOP employment. It seems so counterproductive to cut employees loose just as they are starting to hit their stride and understand the industry and the way things work in the company. Then you lose even more time during the hiring process and the training of new editors who come in not knowing what they are doing or how the company works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 14 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working in the math editorial department at Pearson

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Editor  in  Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I felt that the employees worked well as a team, and were helpful and approachable. I received exceptional training and benefits.

    Cons

    The job security was challenging. There was alot of re-organization in the company which made it difficult to determine if your job was secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a similar position I had, also at Pearson, I was not contacted by my boss before my position was terminated. I had to find out online and I am still not sure why I was terminated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in South Bend, IN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Some great people. Opportunities for Growth.

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive with competitors in same industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get on campus more. You need to understand how the Sales Rep job is changing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company lots of internal opportunities and lots of smart energetic teams

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Director  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Director in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, some division are working with latest greatest technologies. Most development follow agile and are now jumping into devops model. Pearson is also working on building a big platform, vs just buying company with good technology... Finally, they are working on removing layer of management...

    Cons

    Big re-org from top down continue, removing some layer of management causing some exec to be very unhappy... We are losing some good people mostly b/c some of those exec leaving are stilling some of us and in other case nobody really enjoy working for an exec that is unhappy...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please please remove those red tap and allow your leader to have full power on hiring and on authorizing salary adjustments... It's ridiculous that for a company this size we have to go up to L2-3 for backfill approval of worker bee... (Yes in some area we have 10 level... but thanks for working on reducing this...)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place for Project Managers to Start

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, for the area

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional advancement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Learning many new tasks.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prepress Associate  in  Owatonna, MN
    Former Employee - Prepress Associate in Owatonna, MN

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Continuous Improvement is the standard. Something is always changing.

    Cons

    Expected to know new processes after being taught it once, even though you may not have to use the knowledge for 6 to 18 months. Frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Insist on mentors for first time managers.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Summer intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Pearson is a great place to learn as an intern. I really liked that I was assigned a project to complete and didn't have to make copies or get the coffee like other internships.

    Cons

    It's a very large company

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Digital Success Agent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Digital Success Agent  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Digital Success Agent in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Pearson is a good place with great benefits. The hours are great and never force you to have overtime but you can if you want during peak time. There is some down time as well as times you are completely swamped. In my opinion it's not a hard job by any means. Learn the material then teach professors.

    Cons

    There isn't much upwards movement in CDS unless you leave the department. The management isn't old and does not seem to be planning to quit any time soon. If I planned on moving up id have to go to a different department or go to a different company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great and on top of things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work; Education is its mission.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pearson has a noble purpose; to provide educational products and services that help people improve their lives. People at Pearson feel vested in that purpose.

    Pearson also has great benefits and is a fairly diverse place to work.

    Cons

    There has been alot of reorganizations that have occurred recently so there is a bit of instability in the workforce. Therefore many folks are a bit worried about the future and their jobs.

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