Scholastic Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
188 Reviews

3.3
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not too 'workaholic' of an atmosphere, good work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Great office location in SoHo NYC (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked (in 19 reviews)

  • The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Technology needs to be managed better.

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Good company.

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    High quality product, a lot of smart, dedicated people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time for 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
  7.  

    Positive experience with a few minor frustrations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time for 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Simply one of the best companies I have worked for.

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

    I have been working at Scholastic as a contractor

    Pros

    easygoing and friendly outgoing staff. A great team to be working with.

    Cons

    The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked. Its not the worst thing, You may feel like you as repeating the information to clients and educators

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great mission, results oriented, respect for family, employees are treated like adults.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented people, clear corporate vision, great products

    Cons

    Personal growth opportunities do not necessarily turn into career opportunities, star system in place in some departments. Information systems weak.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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