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Scholastic Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
205 Reviews
3.1
205 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great hourly job if you don't mind being on your feet.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    Great company to work for if books are your passion, with an excellent work/life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology needs to be managed better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  6.  

    Good company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product. Great vision.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    They stand for important contributions to the long -term future of our children. Theyy're a fair and reasonable employer with high, but realistic expectations.

    Cons

    Publishing tends to pay less than other industries because people are in "it" for the business itself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    High quality product, a lot of smart, dedicated people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Positive experience with a few minor frustrations.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Overall, a very engaging and accommodating work environment highlighted by many fun, intelligent employees and the sense of purpose in supporting child literacy. Benefits and perks are both good as well.

    Cons

    Occasionally deal with corporate politics that can interfere with workflow. Compensation falls on the lower end of the industry median.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often times find upper management to be out of touch with the status of the different business groups. For certain projects, the corporate messaging and direction felt misaligned and disjointed, and ultimately the criticism trickles down to those doing the day-to-day leg work which isn't always appropriate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good books with fun work environment. Good people as well. Fun office space.

    Cons

    You will work hard and lots of hours but you will also learn a TON, which is awesome. Lots of trial by fire!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate divisions better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A bit of a bureaucratic mess, but mainly great people and good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant, Book Clubs in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant, Book Clubs in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, great on-site amenities (gym, doctor's office, cafeteria). A lot of really great and dedicated people. Not too 'workaholic' of an atmosphere, good work life balance. Many people leave daily between 5-6.

    Cons

    Middle management heavy. It seems many higher up folks stay because of seniority, not job performance, which makes for a top heavy and somewhat incompetent organization. And, as with any large company, corporate decisions can be extremely opaque, even when they affect you directly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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