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Scholastic Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
186 Reviews

3.3
186 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.  

    Scholastic St. Charles IL

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Would love a higher salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, fun assignments, great work life balance

    Cons

    Red tape, rigid structure, Oversight

  3.  

    Human Resources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great managers! Very helpful and friendly employees.

    Cons

    bad cell phone reception in building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Culture

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    career opportunities are somewhat limited

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to be an intern!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage younger staff -- as a childrens' book publisher, they're an important perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to Work For

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to do a better job of working to keep your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Character/Prop Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Character/Prop Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    We 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please produce more shows in New York so i can work for you again!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very good environment to work in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary is a little on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some technology upgrades are needed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Long hours but a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    PTO 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay for PTO not used

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Work if You Can Get it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Editorial: Mid-Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trade Editorial: Mid-Management in New York, NY

    Pros

    Wonderful 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.

    Cons

    Convoluted 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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve Standard Operating Procedures.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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