Scholastic Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. Solid Company But Behind the Times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  3. Old School

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 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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  5. company was very flexible with my work schedule. I was able to work from home.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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

  6. Desktop Support Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  7. Editorial Director

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Book Fairs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment and they try to hire within

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    More training

  9. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall positive experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Good hours
    Nice coworkers
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Average pay
    No clear career path
    Work isn't challenging

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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