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Scholastic Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
209 Reviews
3.1
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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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    Supervising Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Company values and vision, discounts on books

    Cons

    work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines, not enough time for planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work life balance for employees

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

    Scholastic is a great company. However, the St. Charles off is more of telemarketing call center.

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, wonder coworkers, contest every month.

    Cons

    They are more concerned with the number of dials you made then the quality of phone call. They are very strict about leaving your desk. The days are long and boring because all you do is make outgoing phone calls. They constantly monitor your calls. You are not even allowed to talk to your coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your salespeople some control over their customers. People (especially teachers) prefer to email. They do not like the telemarketing techniques that Scholastic utilizes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pro's was that in my division there was no micro Management whatsoever. If i left at 2pm in the afternoon no one would ever know.

    Cons

    The business for the Teachers and Parents division had no clue about what they were doing. They were rude, harsh with others and made very bad decisions. When something went wrong they would pass blame on everyone around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find people that are forward thinkers and use people for their expertise. Even though you might be someones boss or have a higher title then them doesn't mean you know more. Everyone can learn form everyone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money hungry company. Top management does not care about you. Will act like they do.

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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    Laid back work wasn't always push and hustle. Free lunches sometimes. Work hours are good. Off on weekends. Pay was not to bad. Once you get to know people work place seems like your 2nd family. Good for a 2nd job with part time opportunities. Paid holidays even if seasonal. work breaks are good. Truck drivers know almost everything, get to talk to them and know them, they know all the dirty dirty.

    Cons

    Gossip! you will hear it at least twice a week. 1st shift gets favored over 2nd all the time it sucks. If you get hired on as a seasonal make friends with your superiors fast. They will give you a voice to upper management if they like you.. Worked there for a year and a half and finally moved up to a forklift operator, I got lucky.. Later on got term because of a forklift accident.. Funny thing is they made me do a drug test anyway and fired me 2 days later not even considering me as a person that has a life and bills to pay, they will throw you back on the street like they found you.. JOBLESS. So don't get in any accidents lol. Management from all over the country will come at least twice a month to this scholastic since there is something always wrong going on & because it is the 3rd biggest branch. Supervisors come and go. Management will walk all over you and make you feel like a nobody, if you let them. Don't get me wrong, the supervisors are cool but its the upper management that breaths on their neck and then take it out on you. Unless you're full time don't always expect 40 hours, there will be some weeks you wont work like spring break. Not very much advancement in company. Very dusty place. When its hot its HOT and when its cold is COLD. They don't like spending money if somethings broken don't expect it to be fixed in a reasonable time. BIC's have to be brought in all the time from different branches to remind us we're doing things wrong and how to improve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be trained more properly, especially the operators. Was told one time by supervisors we were doing things wrong for a years with the RF scanners when picking product off on cherry pickers. Multi-million dollar company and you're very cheap, not just in the pay category *You raised the minimum wage recently and everyone really appreciated it* all your employees talk about it every other day. You see things on paper and expect to to be done like it on paper. Your employees are not robots. Next time you want to complain about something that is not done like it is on paper * especially the labored part of the job, like unloading and loading book cases, and stacking the boxes to be sent to the line* you should try it for yourself. Your spreadsheets and "facts" don't mean crap to anybody while you're sitting down behind a computer in the A/C. Just being honest Management has to also realize that if it works for one branch its not always gonna work for another, considering that this is the 3rd biggest in the country.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked as an editor.

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

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

    Pros

    I loved the focus on reading and creating high quality materials for students and teachers. Most people were dedicated and passionate about their work. The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The leadership was inconsistent, and it was difficult to collaborate across departments. The tech side was especially difficult to work with--very hard to get anything off the ground with a tech component.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company to work for, however you do ALOT for the little you are paid

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    job security, fun people to work with for the most part

    Cons

    no advancement at branch locations, pay is based on merit, not on job performance. A substandard peer doesn't have to work hard and can still receive more than you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    acknowledge excellent performance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quiet, generally calm working environment. Little room for professional growth.

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    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The office environment is generally a very friendly and calm environment. It feels like a good place for introverts because of how quiet the office floors are. The work-life balance isn't bad either -- many of the bosses seem to leave the office in the afternoon and before 6 pm. Lower workers however, typically stay until 6 pm. At least at first, it feels inspiring to be in the office that is home to beloved characters like Clifford (he's everywhere here) and Harry Potter. Sometimes, you feel like you're making a difference to the younger generation via literary and education.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement or professional growth, unless you get lucky. Mid-tier workers don't seem particularly excited or inspired about their job and future prospects. Management seems to be very disconnected to everything else and has a tight hold on decisions. There is a lack of company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be wise to build a stronger connection between management and the other workers. There isn't much company morale or a vibrant company culture. Many of the upper workers are aging and very comfortable in their positions, and there is little room for development for the people below them.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Casual environment
    Fun work outings
    Creative and smart people

    Cons

    not much room for internal advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, good mission, caught in a lot of bureaucracy, no vision for future technology.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Diverse workforce that deeply care about children's education.

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, very silo'ed among divisions and every person trying to pinch their bottom line creates tension in cooperation between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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

    Could of been so much better in St. Charles!

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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