Pearson Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
833 Reviews
3.2
833 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 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 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great growth experience while providing online education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment that allows people to grow and self direct their careers.

    Cons

    Too many silos with conflicting needs and disjointed planning processes. These lead to last minute dependency resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clarity of purpose and lines of communication. Ownership of business problems shouldn't be duplicated across multiple groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pearson San Antonio

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Totally decent employer, nice people, unbelievable benefits. This is a very energetic company that treats people well and promotes a healthy work environment.

    Cons

    A little bit disorganized and lots of constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pearson: Digital Art

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artist in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Artist in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible with my hours when I started to have medical issues. Great Company.

    Cons

    Due to the flexibility shown to me, I would not give any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was awesome. They encouraged and facilitated my personal and professional growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Great People with positive energy

    Cons

    Outdated CRM and duplicate processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some newer technology

  6.  

    Great freelance opportunities

    Former Employee - Formatter and Development Editor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Formatter and Development Editor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    high concern for quality work, variety of projects, good internal support, clear expectations

    Cons

    tight deadlines with some projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    HR very helpful.
    Supervisors always willing to help too.

    Cons

    Requires a lot of focus but definitely do-able.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work-Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Flexible work options, benefits, great people, contributing to education

    Cons

    At one point in between 2006-2008 Pearson laid off most of their U.S. engineering staff and outsourced the work. That approach seemed to have not worked out for them and you don't see a lot of outsourcing any more. I still have witnessed a lot of layoffs though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and dynamic company! Great for working moms. Many advancement opportunities. It was great to be able to work from home. The benefits were amazing. Company car, 401K with match, medical, dental, vision. Great salary with great bonus opportunity. If you are a hard worker the sky is the limit.

    Cons

    The industry is going through a lot of changes which makes it hard in the college division. No one is buying new books right now which makes it hard to make goals and to make bonuses. You also have to work very hard and spend a lot of time traveling to campus and working with professors who sometimes do not want to see you or are hard to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell directly to students and bypass the bookstore. Professors are telling their students not to buy the books anymore and using publisher resources in class. Bookstores are only getting used books and students are buying online. It is time to market directly to students!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Rep (Higher Ed)

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Control over your own schedule, supportive mgmt team, great mission for the marketplace.

    Cons

    Technology not quite as good as it could be, after hours culture is a little crazy. Employees are often expected to work evenings and early mornings before standard work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company. Very caring of their employees even during challenging transition times. New CIO and clear vision.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of IT in Old Tappan, NJ
    Current Employee - Director of IT in Old Tappan, NJ

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

    Pros

    They really care about their employees. Challenged with how to address the need to revolutionize the industry and doing a great job attempting to add value to the company and people's lives.

    Cons

    No different than other companies faced with change. Those in the company that feel entitled get bitter during times of change. Those able to understand the company position embrace the change and try to help company success even when it impacts them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide openness and clarity as you have this past year. Understand that not everyone will be happy during times of change. Focus on what is right for the consumers of educational products and we will work together to become a better provider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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