Scholastic Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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  1. company was very flexible with my work schedule. I was able to work from home.

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a consultant and was paid by an hourly rate.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there were cutbacks and my services were no longer needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Desktop Support Analyst

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    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Scholastic is an ideal place to work, mainly because of the area. But also, Great people to work with. Great work environment.

    Cons

    i have no qualms about this work place as of yet. for the most part, middle management needs to do their job and communicate effectively with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Editorial Director

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

    I have been working at Scholastic (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated staff
    Flexible, creative environment

    Cons

    Constant organizational chaos
    Dysfunctional departments
    Many at upper management rule by yelling
    Cumbersome process for publishing
    lack of innovation and change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very top needs more strong leadership; layer just below needs more collaborative atmosphere and less fear.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Book Fairs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Positive work environment and they try to hire within

    Cons

    Physically demanding warehouse job. Lots of heavy lifting, bending walking etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall positive experience

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There were lots of complaints about management when I was there, but I honestly thought the management was fairly strong-- decent guidance without micromanaging, yearly performance reviews, etc. The opportunity to work on fun kid's content is a bonus. It's corporate, but there is room for creativity.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities and strategies made it challenging-- although I wouldn't say it was any worse than most organizations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great hourly job if you don't mind being on your feet.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Jefferson City, MO
    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Jefferson City, MO

    I have been working at Scholastic part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive work ethic with opportunity to increase your pay if you are fast enough. Current employees get first opportunity at new job openings.

    Cons

    It is a warehouse so it is not heated or cooled. Being on your feet all day and constantly bending over is tiresome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The operating system for pickers could be better. I often spend 30 minutes or more just trying to get a scanner to work properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great company to work for if books are your passion, with an excellent work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good hours
    Nice coworkers
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Average pay
    No clear career path
    Work isn't challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Technology needs to be managed better.

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good for jump starting your career.
    There is a roof top restaurant in the building where you can get food for much less compared to the neighborhood prices.
    It is always nice to have a shower at the office.

    Cons

    Retention policy is lacking. Talented technology people often don't stick around for long here. Training is limited, you will have to learn a lot on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee retention. Consolidate management of data under one roof.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good company.

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package. Although I've heard varying accounts, I found that the people I came in direct contact with were quality individuals who wanted to help.

    Cons

    No formalized training program and wildly fluctuating expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a formal training program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. High quality product, a lot of smart, dedicated people

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great location, great work-life balance, high quality products, some really smart people

    Cons

    Digital is very fragmented across the company. No real heavy hitters in this area. The digital work is uneven. Some is very good, some of it is terribly designed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up by getting some real digital visionaries and then make your division leaders actually listen to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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