Scholastic Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Great understanding of work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • The location in SOHO is amazing (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked (in 21 reviews)

  • Senior Management consistently degraded me and others (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Programs Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Energetic and creative team with a lot of dedication and motivation to enhance a really inspiring mission that brings benefits to thousands of creative youth across the country

    Cons

    As with most non-profits, a small staff managers large, national programs, so the workload is intense; long hours are needed from time to time

    Advice to Management

    Give comp time for working weekends or long hours; manage ambition to match capacity


  2. Sales Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, solid managers, supportive company culture.

    Cons

    This is specific to my particular experience: too many changes in management in too little time. Department was in transition constantly. I do think that this is now fixed.


  3. Implementation Manager

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

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company provides quality products and programs for children and teachers.

    Cons

    Not often a clear path to moving up in job positions.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Managing Editor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative and often very committed people, laid back environment. When the going gets rough, there can be heartfelt comradery at work with your closest peers. The company wants to engage with kids, and teachers, parents, and children know it: and that's a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    A bit chaotic, and sometimes more than a bit. Need better financial, personnel controls. Far too much reliance on temps (same people for years and years), contractors. Here's an idea: how about an employee handbook? Need for better integration and planning across units. Need better IT, HR, and data services. Less cliquishness, more professional collaboration. More focus on the mission and improve quality of book products (cut down on junk sold through Clubs & Fairs).

    Advice to Management

    Serious focus on management, and collaboration over cliques. Decision-making structures often create bottlenecks and leave highly competent and talented staff powerless to do their jobs. Implement more staff training, better budgeting, financial, and personnel controls. Stop using temp agencies and contractors for everything - it's a real demoralizer and leads to inconsistent quality. Respect experience and training, don't just worship the next shiny young person to walk through the door.


  6. Pretty Interesting Overall

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented staff, great work resources, good design support network, exercise and medical facilities, huge office building, great location in the city, nice cafeteria and coffee shop inside.

    Cons

    Large corporate-style environment, occasionally aimless meetings, slow and complex-to-navigate contracts and payments department, arbitrary or confusing electronic file archival/retrieval storage systems.


  7. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great location in Soho, NY. Great people. Great rooftop area for lunch outdoors.

    Cons

    Some people have been there for too long. Salaries a little low.


  8. Manufacturing Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, helpful and understanding mangers, business casual/casual dress code, good benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes last minute decisions are made that we kind of have to roll with.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great internship experience, but glad to have left when I did

    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, good pay for an internship, got to work on a variety of different projects within my department. Also several cool perks like movie screenings and dinner parties. Everyone I met there who worked full time was 110% positive they wanted to work in children's publishing for the rest of their lives. This was good because it made me realize that I did not.

    Cons

    Kind of cliquey and gossipy. Rarely interacted with anybody besides other interns. My supervisor sat me down one day and literally said that none of the work I was doing was contributing to the company in the end. It was just stuff to keep the interns busy... but at least I got the experience.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice to feel like my work was beneficial.


  10. Solid Company But Behind the Times

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales
    Former Employee - Director of Sales

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benevolent employer that treats their employees with respect and provides decent benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is very low, something that seems to be prevalent in the publishing industry. Dinky pay raises-1-2%.

    Advice to Management

    Don`t be afraid to shake it up sometimes. Progress moves at a glacial pace. Let the good folks you have spread their wings. Take some risks!


  11. Old School

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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a benevolent place to work

    Cons

    Poor pay. Raises are small and come slowly

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and you will attract better people.



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