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Frozen in bureaucracy. Heading towards antiquity.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Pearson as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Giant company with lots of resources.
Has a lot of influence in the education market.
Potential for innovative products.

Cons

Suffers from big bureaucracy and many layers of management. Top-down decision making jerks projects around or freezes them altogether via indecision. Frequent reorganizations. Don't provide people with the tools to do their jobs. Lots of people I worked with used their own laptops, software and tablets in order to get things done. Process heavy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give some authority and resources to the people closest to the problems and products. They have a much better idea what to do than managers 2 and 3 levels up. Listen to your employees. Give more emphasis to results and less to process.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Pleasant worklife, but little direction

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    Former Employee - Print Production in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Print Production in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible in terms of hours and ability to work remotely. Talented staff interested in doing good work.

    Cons

    Constant department shuffling. A new, company-shaking restructuring every two years. Little thought given to developing employees' skill sets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tumultuous changes during my time at Pearson, while necessary, are utterly bewildering to the rank and file. I feel that layoffs of entire swaths of employees seemed to be the first resort, rather than having the foresight to assess employees' skills and figuring out which ones might be asked to take on new responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad pace to work, they need better structure

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Lead in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pays for education
    Easy to get to
    Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Reorged 4 times in one year
    Hard to get hired on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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