Scholastic Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson
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Pros
  • Great understanding of work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • The location in SOHO is amazing (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    RUN ... dishonest environment also known as lemming university

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

    I have been working at Scholastic as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    recognized name on the resume what turns into very negative when on your interview the prospective employer asks you why he is interviewing so many people from scholastics?

    Cons

    cheap old - fashioned corporate environment, lots of politics, entrenched mediocrity, dishonest culture, backstabbing, everybody is consultant, plug and play mentality where mediocrity is mandatory.

    Advice to Management

    Flush out the entire management structure, flatten it and modernize it especial if you want to sell.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Warehouse worker

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

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with are nice. Punching out and going home. Building is still open somehow.

    Cons

    Branch Manager is Horrible, lies and HR doesn't care. You can BE FIRED FOR NO REASON. Happens here ask our friend Mark.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let someone who knows what they're doing have the job. Stop lying to your employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Transgender complaint

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animator/Graphic Design in Neosho, MO
    Former Employee - Animator/Graphic Design in Neosho, MO

    I worked at Scholastic part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The appearance of a Christian company.

    Cons

    Scholastic has been soliciting their participating schools with a "FREE" copy for every teacher of a book called "GEORGE" which is written about transgender people. We have had several complaints about this book, specifically from schools with religious affiliates who, as respectfully as possible, plead with the call center employees to be removed from their mailing lists as the book requested is not appropriate for 5th grade, nor was it requested. Certain call-center employees are put in a position to NOT argue with the customers and try to resolve all issues with a polite and assuring manner. I am writing this to complain because an employee who has been nothing more than a positive reflection of this institution was reprimanded today because they admitted to believing in GOD when a preacher from a christian school called to complain. The employee, under suggestion of the management - wrote an editorial outlining the complaint and the supervisor outright called the employee a liar because she did not quote the preacher word for word. The editorials are meant to be a summary of common complaints and are not intended to be direct quotes. They mentioned that their initial instinct was to fire her for her outright lies but decided to reprimand her instead, citing that the editorials are for review by management and as such they are not interested in the employee interpretation of events or opinions. The supervisor took this a step further by expressing her own opinions that this employee was fighting their own inner demons and need to seek professional help. . Obviously, this employee is seeking employment elsewhere and feels completely insulted by the supervisor who handled this situation in a very poor and unprofessional manner. There is no respect

    Advice to Management

    Your supervisors are NOT Licensed counselors and their opinions are not welcome without an opportunity to respond in the employees own defense. I firmly believe and have suggested that this is overstepping a line and that she needs to seek legal counsel, not for financial gain but to put a stop to a VERY common occurrence within this company.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Upset

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance, some people are great to work with.

    Cons

    horrible management, politics, no room to become a Vice President with my expertise. CTO only hires from Pearsons because he knows nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it all away


  6. Helpful (1)

    Communication gaps and irresponsible managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - IT Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location and building is great. Gives a lively vibe. They have frequent meetings and planning sessions giving the impression that they have a lot going on and how great they are with team building, adapting new methodologies.

    Cons

    First day at work was so bad, they kept saying they didnt know I was supposed to join that day. They apparently hire when there are no requirements, and let go off the contractors with very short notice. Seems like a hire and fire kind of place. Managers are air heads. They dont give direction or introductions, visiblity of work. They ask us to be proactive, when no information has been passed on or no work has been delegated. They do a lot of 3rd party development, because of which nobody knows hows their application works.
    Worst is the timesheet approval system. Managers dont explain where to put your hours and then reject timesheets. Its tough for a contractor, as one does not get paid if timesheet is not approved. Lousy mechanism when it comes to managers and their communication skills.

    Advice to Management

    Give a clear picture of work profile, strategy, tenure. Communicate and deliver. Pay on time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Manager

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The amazing mission that this organization stands by

    Cons

    Poor Support from Upper Management

    Advice to Management

    NA


  8. Helpful (5)

    The most frustrating experience of my entire working life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Watertown, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    About half of the people I worked with there I genuinely like and wish nothing but success.

    Cons

    They outsource 40 hour/week contractors for dozens of people that have been there for years with underwhelming benefits. It's a toxic cellpool where political maneuvering and is more important than the quality of your work. Gross incompetence goes unpunished. Money is pissed away through reckless spending without well-defined goals or plans to achieve them. Nobody learns from past mistakes made, because nobody is willing to admit that mistakes were ever made.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Lacks courage to innovate, very entrenched management

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

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Would benefit from a wholesale change starting at the top.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Don't

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Underpaid and Top Heavy

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

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and young company laid back

    Cons

    Top heavy mgmt, low salaries



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