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Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.0 182 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson

Dick Robinson

(109 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Scholastic St. Charles IL

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLove working at the St.Charles Scholastic office. Great leadership.

    ConsWould love a higher salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Project Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, fun assignments, great work life balance

    ConsRed tape, rigid structure, Oversight

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat managers! Very helpful and friendly employees.

    Consbad cell phone reception in building

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Culture

    Manager Finance (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat place to work, high value on work/life balance

    Conscareer opportunities are somewhat limited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be an intern!

    Editorial Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsReally friendly team, attentive manager, super cool location in SoHo, interesting work.

    ConsPeople kept to themselves, not much opportunity for advancement (though this is probably characteristic of most publishing firms).

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage younger staff -- as a childrens' book publisher, they're an important perspective.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company to Work For

    Library Publishing Senior Executive (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay, wonderful training. They take good care of their employees. What I really liked about the company was that they took training seriously. I was flown to Danbury, Connecticut on several occasions and even attended a week long seminar in Palm Springs, California. They were a very supportive company.

    ConsIn my case, the job wasn't very secure. Corporate downsizing. The difficult thing for me was due to timing. I only worked there for a year when they decided to replace my position with the call center and online ordering. They did compensate me well, but it was a devastating blow to be laid off so quickly, especially after leaving a different career to work with them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to do a better job of working to keep your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful

    Character/Prop Designer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI worked directly with the Deborah Forte, the Executive VP of Scholastic. You would think that might be intimidating and that she might be maybe a bit aloof. But she wasn't. She was encouraging, enthusiastic, and joy to work with. This was one of my favorite jobs in my career in animation.

    ConsWe were on long-term contracts so we were considered freelance and so didn't have insurance for most of the time on the show. But even so, they were so great that they ultimately did work out an option where we could buy in to a benefits plan. So I guess even my con ended up being a pro.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease produce more shows in New York so i can work for you again!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very good environment to work in.

    QA Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood work environment
    Respect for employees
    Provides a great product for children

    ConsSalary is a little on the low side

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome technology upgrades are needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours but a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsThe managment really seems to praise the staff and are down to earth>

    ConsPTO if not used is lost but if you have a job where you are required to be there for all seasons then it is tough to use all the PTO and you should be paid for the PTO not taken.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay for PTO not used

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Work if You Can Get it.

    Trade Editorial: Mid-Management (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWonderful working environment: smart, fun, interesting, creative, and well-meaning co-workers; supportive, kind, and understanding senior management. Excellent mission: creating good books to encourage reading in children; supporting the careers of authors and illustrators. Respected and well-known company. Many women in senior roles.

    ConsConvoluted processes to move projects forward. Poor analysis and application of sales. Poor planning for future. At times, unclear goals and expectations. Salary disparity between people of same level of experience in marketing, sales, and editorial. Salary disparity between people of same level of experience in different business units. Poor management of unchecked egos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove Standard Operating Procedures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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