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Low pay, limited promotion options, but fun work

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Former Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  Boston, MA
Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Boston, MA

I worked at Pearson full-time for more than a year

Pros

Working with authors and other smart people; Getting to see books before they are published; easy-going management with ability to create semi-flexible schedules; Often promote from within - it seemed like every position that was posted was posted with someone in mind. This is good for current employees, bad for incoming ones, but the EA positions are almost always hired from outside since these are entry-level

Cons

Low pay; promotions are impossible to get if you don't want to go into sales - most DE positions are now freelancers, meaning no room for employees to take these positions.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
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    Very corporate, lots of bureaucracy and micro-managing.

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    Former Employee - Publisher's Representative  in  Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Publisher's Representative in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with education professionals is much less stressful than other groups, such as medical/pharmaceutical types. If you do make your sales quota, the compensation is good.

    Cons

    Compensation is only paid out annually, and targets can often be unreasonably high. There is no consideration given to the loss of business to corporate book stores (such as Follett and Barnes & Noble), despite the fact that much of this loss of business is outside the control of the sales rep. The company used to be much more relaxed, imaginative, and creative. However as it has grown larger, it has become more corporate and almost entirely focused on profits over people. Turnover grew tremendously in my last year with the company, with many talented individuals leaving to join a competitor like Cengage or McGraw Hill.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Excellent Company!

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    Former Employee - Global Project Management Intern  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Global Project Management Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Pearson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Had a great time working there, company commited to diversity very flexible in terms of hours of work and very nice and supportive upper management.

    Cons

    Sometimes seems you are working for a public division. Process become slow as people have more flexibility to work according to their convenience. In terms of career opportunities they seem to have a great internship program but after you are gone out of company human resource does not keep any track of former interns or even mak much effort in retaining employees. Human Resource department is very desintegrated and does not work well.

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    Focus on improving human resources effort and centralizing activities instead of keeping each office working independently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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