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Scholastic Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
32 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great office location in SoHo NYC (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • HR is untrusting as there seems to be personal relationships built with upper management (in 21 reviews)

  • Senior Management consistently degraded me and others (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lacks courage to innovate, very entrenched management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    good office location, health center perk is nice. However, cutbacks on coffee, remodeling of office will pack employees in like sardines, and closing the rooftop is disappointing.

    good work/life balance though, very understanding about familial/childcare issues.

    Cons

    Upper management is incredibly political and the CEO is very outdated. Very little understanding of what it will take to move the company into the 21st century. Company operates as if it's still 1950, it's heyday.

    Divisions do not cooperate, and frankly actually encourage you to actively compete and not discuss anything with each other. Many unpleasant managers and very difficult to get anything done. Company is extremely risk adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would benefit from a wholesale change starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New City, NY

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

    Pros

    People who desire to work for a children's book publisher this is the "spot". Like many book publishers, compensation is VERY LOW. Silo organization, culture varies, generally issues are swept under the carpet.
    Leadership is dependent upon which division you work in. Managers of people have little experience or training.

    Cons

    Compensation makes it difficult to manage working here and have a life; many share apartments or live at home.
    Benefit program was overhauled to a Healthcare program; most likely will not affect entry level, however for mid-level and above this is going to be very costly.
    Overall company is not moving into the 21st century, heavily print oriented.
    Company does not follow its' credo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management is not willing to listen, change, invest in the organization nor does it value the employees.
    "Everyone" is replaceable".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Underpaid and Top Heavy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Fun and young company laid back

    Cons

    Top heavy mgmt, low salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    They are very racial.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson City, MO
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson City, MO

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    To help kids. Provide teachers with good reading material.

    Cons

    Always get a different book, doing different jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never believe one side of the story, be objective and do proper investigation. Give your workers the benefit of doubt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inefficient product development and abusive environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with creative colleagues and industry leaders.

    Cons

    Never was given time to work on developing product. Needed to spend majority of time preparing a polished, 3-hour presentation to management every week describing what we wanted to do. Ideas never good enough. Could not tell management ideas ahead of time to see if they thought they were worth exploring. Always had to provide very detailed, time-consuming presentations, only to have them thrown out. No input given about what was liked (if anything) or direction to try. Verbally abusive environment.

    At one company-wide meeting, top educators and educational leaders were INVITED to attend to participate on a panel to help educate employees on trends and issues in education. The CEO commented that for about $100 a student, these educators could be providing their students the company's great products. One of the panelists commented that the school's cost for the technology product required the purchase of computers, people to maintain the computers, different scheduling which would require more teachers, etc., so the cost was more than $100 per student. The CEO and President of Education (who popped out of the audience and walked to the stage) proceeded to verbally attack members of the invited panel about their comments!! I never saw anything like it. And then some members of the audience started cheering the CEO and President on. I have never been more embarrassed to be a part of an organization in my entire life.

    I have never have worked in such an unprofessional, stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no excuse for the verbal abuse or unprofessional atmosphere, particularly by management. Do not tolerate this behavior. Replace top managers to retain talented team members, rather than fostering a hostile, negative office environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely awful work environment at St. Charles office.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL

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

    Pros

    Worked here for over 4 years. Decent benefits, but even those got worse as time went on. Nice co-workers. Wonderful customers and products.

    Cons

    Nepotism, micromanagement, and unprofessionalism reign here. It is the most ridiculous work environment I have ever had the displeasure of working in. Management and floor supervisors are all close friends, yet none of them have any business managing people. None of them are educated or trained in management. High producers are transferred or fired at the drop of a hat because of a myriad of ridiculous excuses. Sales goals are often not released until AFTER the month has passed. HR is zero help and doesn't keep regular hours. (Plus the ONE HR person here is close personal friends with all of management and supervisors meaning the employee is NEVER right, even when following their employee handbook to the letter.) Employees are frequently harassed for using the restroom or getting up from their desks for any reason. So many shady dealings here, it's difficult to even list them all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and get rid of all of the nasty, unqualified excuses for managers/supervisors who run the St. Charles office. This place is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Great products, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    The CEO has been around for ages and has a close knit group of people he listens to. Nobody else has a chance to change anything - and boy does it need changing. Most of the "inner circle" wouldn't know the digital business if it bit them. And they are flat-out mean and nasty - especially to any newcomers who try to introduce new ideas. The joke around the company is that they are just waiting for digital to go away.

    The other problem is that the CEO sets up his business units to be competitive with each other, which leads to lots of infighting at the upper levels - which naturally trickles down to the staff as well. So there is constant finger-pointing and blame. Nobody cares about solving problems - they just want to avoid being blamed for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to retire and his replacement needs to clean house! The brand and the products are great, but this company will never survive without drastic change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism and Cronyism Behind The Veil Of Publicly Traded Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The only pro of working here is that you are help to sell products that help children learn to read. The price points of the products sold via Book Clubs are affordable to families. Teachers receive "bonus points" which they can redeem for being sales agents of the company.

    Cons

    The business model, as is the leadership, old and broken. Although Scholastic gives the appearance of a publicly traded Company it is not governed as such. The publicly traded Class B shares hold no voting power. Thus the "public" shareholders have no voice in governance. The privately held Class A shareholder has all the power.

    As a result, management is inbred, stagnate, and focused on internal politics rather than doing the right thing to continue to grow revenue. Sales have been falling for some time. Only the "one hit wonders" help the sales on occasion.

    Seek other places of employment if you want to see your skills valued and nurtured.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission and vision, but lack of structure and proper management to implement it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great location in Soho. Pretty decent work life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunity for growth and training. Management has deteriorated rapidly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Weak IT leadership, No vision, and inept 20+ year VPs and Directors

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

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

    Pros

    - 9 to 5 job
    - slow moving organization

    Cons

    It is unfortunate the Cons are numerous:
    - IT leadership is weak and it shows so clearly to anyone paying attention. It is often compared to an organized zoo, the clown gets 15 minutes fame then hides. The company has no CIO, and the person in charge is not up to par with the responsibilities of the position. You would expect top leaders to communicate a vision, energize the ranks, and show the path. It is unfortunate these qualities are not there.
    - Upper management made foolish and bad decisions in the past, and they keep strong hold to protect their posts. You see it with those who have been at this company for 20+ years.
    - Accountability is on paper, and it is rarely practiced in IT. Budgets are intentionally bloated, and the waste is very high. It is very surprising how upper management keeps getting away with it. Bigger the budget, more secure the position.
    - Organization is managed more like a family owned small business, complete with favoritism, nepotism, and no apparent focus on ROI and growth
    - Too many long term managers who have never worked anywhere else, and they bring no substance. New senior talent generally lasts less than two years either quitting out of frustration or being terminated for addressing the status quo. I have seen few courageous senior talents challenging the waste and the status quo, they gave hope to the rest of us, they brought fresh thinking to this dying organization. Unfortunately, these out of box thinkers didn't last. They are gone and took hope with them.
    - There are more than the normal share of people who are downright nasty. People that have been at the company for a long time feel entitled to do what they want and they dont want to be questioned.
    - Politics are incredibly high considering the size of the company
    - Micro management is highly used as a tactic to protect the interest of those long term managers
    - Siloed and combative organization with little to no collaborative spirit. No incentive to work towards common goals and financial success - every group for themselves. Often you hear people in the elevator referring to dog-eat-dog environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring fresh talent and clean house
    - bring leaders who have vision and managers who can actually manage
    - develop a culture of meritocracy - streamline the many long term senior managers who have only worked at Scholastic for 20 plus years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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