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Scholastic Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
206 Reviews
3.1
206 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Highly Degrading Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    In need of a MAJOR overhaul

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    • 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

    Pros

    The work/ life balance is great. I've never thought that I was chained to my desk or some project was so important that I couldn't leave at a reasonable hour. The culture is alright. While there aren't any programs where employees really get to interact inter-departmentally, there are some great people here.

    The gym and health center in the basement are also nice perks that most companies don't retain these days.

    Cons

    The upper management and some of the middle management is pretty awful. They are ushering the company in to the digital age when most of them have no concept of how to even use digital advancements much less successfully move an entire company in to a digital marketplace. The amount of money that they spend on creating new programs and systems that end up being scrapped completely is absurd. Millions and millions of dollars over the years, down the drain.

    The work force isn't properly utilized. They attract young, smart individuals to work here and then limit their potential causing most to leave for opportunities where they are allowed to be more creative and use their intelligence to advance their career. I've heard many times over the years that the only way you get more money and a better title out of Scholastic is to leave and then come back. You aren't going to find it in the yearly 2% "merit" increases. Scholastic is definitely a place for people who like to settle and have little interest in moving up or earning more money (unless you happen to be the only one left that they can promote).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the top of the pile. Scholastic will become an irrelevant force in the publishing world if you continue to think that dinosaurs of the company can manage a digital reality and lead us in to whatever the new publishing landscape holds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seem only to hire per diem consultants and expect you to put in time for free.

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    Current Employee - Regional Consultant
    Current Employee - Regional Consultant

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

    Pros

    Working per diem (contract work) is nice because there's not a hassle when you need time off.
    Immediate managers are nice as are co-workers.

    Cons

    Got plenty of work the first year. This year, hardly any.
    The pay is a flat daily rate, lower than other similar companies. They expect long hours and lots of office time for which they do not pay.
    I do not feel as if I am part of the company and feel little loyalty. Don't like the feeling.
    Would not want to be full time because management is very clear that their attitude toward full timers is, "they own you."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your pay structure for per diem. The pay is low compared to other companies in this field.
    Stop expecting your per diem folks to put in hours for free. Find a way to make them feel wanted and needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good products but tend to be in over their heads.

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

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

    Pros

    Great Regional Director and Managers.
    Coworkers are nice and knowledgeable.
    Training is good but they try to cram too much into a day.

    Cons

    Seem to hire only Per Diem which can be okay if you don't need full time work and benefits, and you don't mind never knowing how much work you'll actually get.
    Company motto seems to be, "We're building the plane as we fly it." Fine occasionally but not as an overarching philosophy.
    They expect a lot of work for free and don't pay you what you are worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to bleed your people dry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Work Life Fit, but Terrible Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    35 hour work week
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Company does not have a handle on digital
    There is a lot of fighting among departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunity for career growth and competitive salaries to keep skilled people at the company.

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

    This review is for the Scholastic office in St. Charles, IL. It was the call center it was not like New York at all.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Charles, IL

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

    Pros

    Some of the people were wonderful to work with, The money was good but you worked every second for it.
    They very frequently bought us lunch. You could take the summers off. The BEST Benefits ever. Scholastic in New York really gave us wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    They monitor you on the phone it is a call center they are always watching and listening, If you make a mistake you are called off the floor for a reprimand, this shared to "help" you. They make the people who express themselves go away. One day your there at 100% of quota.....the next day your gone. Nobody knows were you are. It's so bad they won't let you leave your desk and if you do leave, they come to the bathroom to see where you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will always stay the same, no reason to advise them, they will not listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand but disappointing culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers good pay and benefits overall. I think it is good if you work on a core part of the business, but if it is an intreprenuer type of project, it is not given enough time to flourish.

    Cons

    The company is very silo'd. I think the company could do better in terms of helping education reform through taking stances and through quality products that bring content to life for children.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Former Director

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Dick 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

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

    Great mission, very poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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 Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Innovate, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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