Scholastic Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Scholastic... hm...

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    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

    working environment is nice in good location

    Cons

    leadership isn't working properly and overall structure is so poor

    Advice to Management

    please open to hear good opinions

  2. Helpful (4)

    NOBODY COMMUNICATES

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

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

    Pros

    Some friendly people; lots of free books. I made a few good friends while working there, and they were all wonderful people...and they all left. And I was horribly, horribly alone.

    Cons

    Extremely poor communication, siloed divisions, complete lack of useful feedback, catty cliques, no opportunity for growth for lower-level employees.

    There is a high turnover rate for lower-level employees, as it becomes apparent that the promise of temp-to-perm is just a pipe dream. The CEO must PERSONALLY approve of each and every new position created, and so it can take years--YEARS--for this to happen. In the meantime, you're left with no benefits and no job security.

    I was told that my position would be creative in nature and have great opportunities for growth. Because of severe understaffing (something that could probably be remedied by a slight paycut for the big cheeses), I was stuck doing work almost akin to data entry. I went entire days without speaking to another soul. It was incredibly depressing.

    There's also a very unhealthy company practice of superiors pretending everything is honky-dory with their underlings while simultaneously complaining about their performance to THEIR superiors and throwing people under the bus. So, SO many people I worked with complained about this. Personally, I asked one of my superiors on a weekly basis for feedback on my performance, and weekly I was told that I was doing a great job. It was only when I got the ax that I was informed that she had been complaining about my performance for MONTHS and blaming me for errors she had made. I'd never been offered the opportunity to fix any of the issues she'd been complaining about. I'd never even known they existed.

    All in all--very frustrating. Very, very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty. Try it.

  3. Helpful (3)

    If all you value is work/life balance, then Scholastic is for you - otherwise look elsewhere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    - Great work/life balance
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Cafeteria (rare for NYC offices)

    Cons

    - Little to no opportunity for career progression
    - Business flounders due to poor leadership
    - Heavily nepotistic and incestuous.
    - Lots of turnover leads to knowledge drain

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and allow those in the business to run the company.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Chaos

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

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

    Pros

    Diverse work force, great brand, great mission

    Cons

    A lot of chaos. Leadership has been at helm of this company for >20 years and so, while they talk about change to digital delivery, there is an unwillingness to change much.

    Advice to Management

    Need more clarity on strategy, and share this with your employees. The company cannot survive solely on past success and the few best-selling titles. There is too much chaos around long-term goals and activities.

  6. Helpful (1)

    No value for employees

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

    I have been working at Scholastic

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, snow days and good work

    Cons

    Bad working conditions, no parking, sub-standard office space

  7. Helpful (2)

    Probably a great Publishing company, not a great Software company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of money to spend
    - There is always plenty of work to do

    Cons

    - Upper Management completely lacks competent technical staff
    - Deeply entrenched Producers meddle in technical development to the detriment of all
    - No development of talent in technical groups

    Advice to Management

    - Get real technologists into positions managing your technical infrastructure and development

  8. Great job but a lot of work is unpaid

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    flexibility, travel, colleagues, professional, materials provided

    Cons

    pay, communication, hierarchy, no growth potential

    Advice to Management

    You need your Field employees ...pay them fairly!

  9. Helpful (3)

    High hopes for a great company, seriously disappointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - You can be a part of a company that gets inexpensive books into the hands of children, which will make you feel good at the end of the day. And that will keep you going when it gets tough.
    - The majority of employees are incredibly sweet, helpful, and welcoming.
    - Pay is decent for the industry

    Cons

    - Horribly managed. A public company, still led by the founder's son, who must approve every single hire. Ludicrous for a public company with thousands of employees. This obviously makes the hiring process tedious and barely worth it. They will offer you a temporary "temp" position to get you started quickly, promising you'll be permanent within 3 months. Multiply that by at least 4 and you have your real time line.
    - This company keeps so many employees at "temp" status just to avoid paying benefits for them. Its disgusting what they will do to loyal and reliable employees who have been temps for years and don't get rewarded for their service.
    - This company is living in the 80s and refuses to make any technological changes to keep up with the changing atmosphere in publishing, which can be incredibly frustrating.
    - Upper management is totally out of touch with the business and its needs, and will spend ridiculous amounts of money on first class flights, 5 star hotels, and massive re-prints, and then turn around and have a round of layoffs. This is not a lead-by-example company.
    - The bottom line is that everyone is overworked and incredibly under appreciated. Avoid this company if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Consider offering opportunities for personal growth. Consider converting more temporary employees into permanent.

  10. A good place to start your career but once you get bored, it's time to go

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

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

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

    Pros

    In general the majority of people who work at Scholastic really care about the company credo and want to contribute in positive ways. Scholastic is a good place to learn the ropes. The roof cafeteria was a nice perk in the summer.

    Cons

    Upper management is disorganized leading to low morale. There are a few rotten eggs (with huge egos and unrealistic demands) who definitely spoiled the bunch. Staff in entry level positions should stay for only 2-3 years if there is no clear path to career growth/promotion.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency for your employees. Share more information about the company's long term goals. Open up discussion, talk to staff to learn about how to improve morale (or give them an avenue to contribute ideas anonymously), encourage team building.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Highly Degrading Culture

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

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scholastic is filled with intelligent people who have broad and varied interests. Most team members are passionate about the work that they do, and you will find that most folks are willing and ready to engage in meaningful conversation about education, literacy, politics, and beyond.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism. No topic (or comment) is off limits. Scholastic Education is particularly horrific. Senior Management consistently degraded me and others. Your gender, ethnicity, class, marital status, home life, sexual orientation, age, appearance, etc. are all fair game. I probably should have gone to HR several times to report the things I was hearing/experiencing, but the culture of fear kept me from doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Rein in your unprofessional commentary. Lead by example, not by fear and/or posturing.

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