Scholastic
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www2.scholastic.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014
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55% Approve of the CEO

Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson

Dick Robinson

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSoho location, women have excellent opportunities for executive positions, work / life balance, cafeteria, free books, focus on literacy for children

ConsDick Robinson is either out of touch with his company culture or no longer cares. Top level executives are typically laid off for no cause and a new team of executives will replace middle management with their corporate cronies. There's management by fear. Everyone seems to be for themselves and by themselves. There's silos all over with lots of in-fighting at high levels. HR has no principles or authority. Minorities in high positions from CFO down were unceremoniously and shamelessly laid off in groups for no reason. Very disillusioned and disappointed about the culture that was once very liberal minded and fair when the company was privately run.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe Board of Directors need to carefully plan succession management starting with the CEO. Scholastic can not compete successfully without changing their corporate culture and management hierarchy. Need much better and constructive communication between departments. Stop trying to run this company like General Motors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great mission, very poor management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsMost famous children's publishing & media company. Great mission. Friendly

ConsThis is the company for someone who can talk, not for someone who can actually do stuff. Looking smart is much more important than being smart here. No actual appreciation for creative and hard work. You will get a just simple lip service if you are lucky. Don't expect any over time or bonus or promotion at all. While they spend huge amount of money due to poor upper management system and decision, they don't want to spend any money for their employee.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take a look what you have closely, there are many talented people. please treat them right instead of bringing random people from outside and let them go over and over again. So many good people are planning to leave.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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5+ yrs as a consultant and 3 yrs as full time employee.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsScholastic has a nice building in Soho, and a friendly group of people to work with. Progressive technically.

ConsUpper management suffers from severe cronisim, and little to no chance for advancement within. Frequent upper management turnover that leads to trickle down turnover. Most management decisions are strictly $$ based, with little attention to the people that actually know and do the work, leading to very poor upper management decision making. Siloed department management pushed to succeed at all costs, leading to over staffing and severe over budget conditions. Have recently turned to significant offshore consulting to reduce costs and still succeed. Very poor communications in general across the company. Turning over the company's core competencies and expertise to virtualize everything does just that,

Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate, listen, communicate. Change away from the family oriented attitude is a definite turn away from what made Scholastic a success. New upper management doesn't mean better. Turning over the company's core competencies and expertise to virtualize everything will ultimately cause the company to lose control of it's business, with no recourse.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great if you are a huge fan of the Peter Principle

Vice President (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than 8 years

Prosif you have kids, you can leave early every day knowing the single people will have to do your work for you. work life balance is definitely skewed to the life side for some people, with the other people expected to pick up the slack.

ConsRaises, bonuses, and promotions are not merit or performance based. who you know is more important than what you know

Advice to Senior Managementget rid of the non-performers who are entrenched in jobs and contribute nothing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company is crashing and burning

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsKnowledgable workforce that continues to produce great books like The Hunger Games

ConsDespite Scholastic's attempts to appear digital-friendly, the company is not adapting well and is behind the industry in many respects. The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications. Some divisions have a culture of fear, as opposed to creativity and innovation. You can tell the company is run by dinosaurs when you walk through the building--ancient technology, stacks of dust-covered papers and books, and boxes of office supplies nobody knows what to do with. The "most trusted name in learning" is actually about revenue, revenue, REVENUE, and even that they're not doing well. These be dark days for Clifford...

Advice to Senior ManagementDo everybody a favor and retire.

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Prefer Not to Say (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsA good place to cut one's teeth. When it was truly a mid-sized family-run corporation, Scholastic actually cared about its employees. The pay used to be decent and there were no permalancers (this was a long time ago). There was demonstrable loyalty to long-time employees who did good work, and there were ample rewards for a job well done. Products and services were well-loved by our customers and the company was cutting edge.

ConsRuthless cultural changes after the move to SoHo. They went public and got too corporate, while remaining a nepotistic family business, rife with favoritism and special back-room deals. I worked my butt off for them, with no overtime, often forgoing vacations at my boss's behest in one department. After a decade of nothing but good performance reviews and several promotions, I lost my job in a big departmental purge and was treated like total crap for a year prior to that, especially after they fired my boss. Essentially they tried to torture us all out, then stopped giving us work, then fired us for not doing a good job when indeed we had no job. Then after the dirty deed was done, they dumped the person they hired to fire us. This kind of thing became typical at "the company you grew up with." It was like a cult, or the Mafia. Or, sadly, today's cutthroat corporate America. Especially sad when it had been a wonderful place to work for so long.

Advice to Senior ManagementLive up to your good reputation by treating your employees the way you treat your customers. I could say more but it would not be heard, and frankly, I wouldn't be sad if Scholastic went kaput. They're all about Harry Potter and Common Core now anyway - not innovations in education.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall a nice place to work but the management style needs serious review.

Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Saint Charles, IL

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

ProsThe hours and paid holidays are nice. Benefits are good. Nice co-workers.

ConsTerritories and projects are not fairly divided or distributed. When you start to make commission, they will find a reason to take it away. They make you take vacation days when you are sick. Sometimes you don't know your sales goals until the very end of the month. Supervisors talk loudly amongst themselves all day, very loudly which is very distracting.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement classes would be helpful.

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Not bad

Account Executive (Former Employee)

I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than a year

ProsInteresting atmosphere, lots of nice people, good place to gain some experience.

ConsWay too much politics on the account management side.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Turf war city

Creative (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than a year

ProsIn theory, creating books for children is fun and pure and not at all soul-sucking. Plus there's an awesome rooftop deck with nice views of downtown NY. Great location in Soho.

ConsPoor (nonexistent) marketing strategy from the knee-jerk school of management results in tons of money wasted on projects that ultimately go nowhere. Arbitrary and contradictory last-minute changes from several redundant layers of management result in late nights spent working to salvage horribly frankensteined creative. After awhile, you go numb and stop caring about producing your best work. What does it matter? It'll change anyway, for the worse. Turf wars abound within and without each department. Lots of favoritism.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the many arbitrary layers of management. Reward collaboration between departments. Come up with a consistent, top-down marketing strategy that encompasses print and digital, and one with a look and feel that does not date from 1979. Since you'll ignore all of this anyway, at the very least come up with a useable digital reader. The current one is a joke.

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsNice people, the company is all about literacy and reading

ConsVery decentralized structure, too many layers at the top for its size, don't invest enough in digital, the company can't make up its mind.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest and don't be afraid to change!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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