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Scholastic Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.0 180 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson

Dick Robinson

(107 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not too 'workaholic' of an atmosphere, good work life balance(in 28 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked(in 19 reviews)

  • The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications(in 10 reviews)

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    Could of been so much better in St. Charles!

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) Saint Charles, IL

    ProsThe Benefits are the top positive to this company, the employees for the most part are a pleasure to work with and the flexible schedule is nice. They do offer a variety of contests which was nice.

    ConsI wish I had more positives to say. Know what you are getting into. There is NO room for advancement, raises are little to none with capped commission in most positions. 400% to monthly quota, you make the same as 110%. They monitor and watch you like a hawk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees some space and trust that they will get the job done. Rethink your calling guidelines! Should you feel the need to monitor calls don't have a former HR person do it with zero understanding of the products or the customer base. Give your employees a need to sell above 110% in a mom and you will see your sales increase!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some great ideas, but slow moving, some people stuck in the past

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe location is great and they have some good perks. It's casual and some of the people are fun and creative to work with.

    ConsThe office can be very "click-ish" and if you don't fall into that click it will be hard to move up or have your voice heard. They keep some people employed for unknown reasons and let other, good people go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you see promise in employees, you should nurture them.

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

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    Silos, little training, good people

    Associate Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMost of the people are wonderful. There can be great opportunity to make a contribution if you are willing to put in the effort.

    ConsUnfortunately, because of lack of cohesive vision, lots of folks have become complacent (because they gave up trying or because it's allowed). You can make a difference, but often you have to figure out how to do that yourself - there is not a lot of training or support with the systems etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro-management - perfected!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsInteresting books and products that benefit students. "Idea" of company is beloved by anyone who ever ordered through the bookclubs as a kid.

    ConsManagement is reacting to upheaval in education field. No pro-active leadership.

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

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    Too many "temporary" employees, not enough respect for workers.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBest things about working here are the people and feeling like you're making a difference in education and the lives of kids. Promoting reading and being a part of a company that has a long history of good work within schools makes up for some, but not all, of the downsides. Mostly relaxed daily atmosphere, good people, and room to learn a lot in any given position.

    ConsHowever, the reason you can learn a lot is that there have been so many cut-backs that there is more work to be done than people to do it, so you get extra tasks on top of the work you signed on for. Staff positions are more and more rare, replaced with 'indefinite temporary' positions. There is a lack of respect for personnel, evidenced by not only that trend but the bad morale overall.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShowing more respect for workforce will strengthen company for the long run, without that the company risks more decline.

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

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    Good company, not great for employee growth

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsGood products, smart people. People work hard and are committed to their jobs. In general, the people at Scholastic are a pleasure to work with. My supervisors have been reasonable when it comes to PTO, personal issues, and complaints, but don't always have the tools to make the changes necessary.

    ConsSeems to be very focused on the immediate fires and short-sided when in comes to long-term strategy, especially with employee growth and retention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to gain experience but little room for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is a steady company to work for since it's the biggest children's publisher. Good company to work for to gain experience, good hours as only expected to work 9am to 5pm, good work/life balance if you have a family, big mantra on advancing women's career, and has it's own cafe to buy and eat lunch.

    ConsVery limited advancement in terms of promotion or salary increase. Sometimes favoritism is very evident.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more fair to all employees, better pay for more work, and need to be more aggressive if growing the company is a concern.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great place with some major flaws

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood mission and wonderful products, customer-focused

    ConsPoor management, lack of direction, inflated senior management, mix of staff that is intelligent/ hardworking and airheads

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    Interview was ok

    Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsThe interview was ok but it took two months to get through the interview process.

    ConsLength of time interviewing for position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I had a great experience with my key subordinates in my department. The pay was low but it was a great place to learn.

    Contract Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt's an innovation organization where you'll learn new skills and hone the ones you have. It's a wonderful creative environment for anyone interested in publishing.

    ConsSome of the challenges include job growth within the organization it's pretty limited unless there are lateral moves or promotions. Also the compensation depending on your title is average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think it's important to continue to hone the skills of employees as well as allow training to allow people to get to the next level. Although the perks are amazing, compensation is important.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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