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Not research based, don't really care about education and borrow from future revenue

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Former Employee - Publisher's Representative in Ann Arbor, MI
Former Employee - Publisher's Representative in Ann Arbor, MI

I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great benefits package and more privacy to do your job than in many industries.

Cons

They require lots of team selling and oversight for important sales. They take control of the sale out of the sales representatives hands yet hold the rep completely responsible for the results win or loose.They require you to sell products the customer doesn't want or need. They don't care about misrepresenting publication dates...they publish books a year in advance of the actual copyright date. In other words they will publish a book in 2011 with a 2012 or 2013 copyright. This is about borrowing sales revenue from the next year. It also means that sometime it's going to catch up with them and they are using a trick that is destroying our economy for short term fixes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you are holding the local rep. responsible for the end result let them control the sale process. Too many managers don't know what is going on in departments yet they are making the decisions.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and cons of working at a big company apply

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    Former Employee - Development Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Development Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pearson is a really good organization if you're interest in publishing - lots of forward-thinking, innovative stuff going on.

    Cons

    The only problem is that Pearson Learning Solutions is a very seasonal business, so you have busy summer seasons and very quiet offseasons. That offseason could be better spent on employee development, but Pearson tends to go the temporary-worker route instead, meaning there is a lot of disgruntlement at summer's end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employee development. The reorganization should help, but the two-tier recruitment system definitely causes more problems when it comes to employee morale, and it creates a toxic environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Mindreader required to figure out what the grading points were.

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    Former Employee - Essay Grader in Rio Rancho, NM
    Former Employee - Essay Grader in Rio Rancho, NM

    I worked at Pearson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work during the worst part of the recession. Gave some nice ice cream surprise parties during work. Management was never demeaning or overly critical.

    Cons

    Very hard to figure out what the requirements of grading really meant. Fact that it was temporary regardless of how well you did your job. I hate sitting for work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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