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Good company, good people, hard to advance

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Current Employee - Associate Director  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

I have been working at Scholastic

Pros

If you are a self driven worker, Scholastic offers great opportunity for you to get involved in a lot of different areas. People are generally pleasant to work with, although some senior management can be difficult to deal with. Depending on the division, Scholastic has provides a fairly good work / life balance. For women, Scholastic has an extremely generous maternity packages. Compensation is in line with the rest of the publishing industry.

Cons

No structured career path. Very hard for career advancement unless you are a self-promoter and aggressive in reposiitoning yourself. There are a lot of employees that have worked for the company for 15+ years that are in senior management positions more because of their tenure with Scholastic and less because of their competency levels. Work life balance, stress level and employee mannerism vary widely by division and even within divison groups, which could be a pro or con depending on where you end up. Poor training and documentation which is frustrating when coming on board. Not investing in technology as much as they should.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Re-prioritize the divisions you invest in, as the legacy divisions that were your breadwinners 20 years ago are no long supporting your bottom line. You continue to cut technology investment even though you are behind. Learn to cut bridges with employees sooner. There are way to many people who are there 15+ years that are just floating along in senior positions making a lot of money based on tenure and not based on their value add.

Recommends
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    A very good environment to work in.

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    Current Employee - QA Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great overall company, but sometimes poor leadership and there are too many perma-temps!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Great working environment -- not too stressful, awesome work neighborhood (heart of SoHo), generally friendly (more females to males ratio) coworkers, good mission (helping kids read, education).

    Cons

    I was a permatemp for too long without option to be hired permanent (a shady practice). There is some bad leadership. Its hard to move up, career-wise. There is in general resistance to change (but maybe its difficult for big corps). Publishing is also in the decline so this is not necessarily the best industry - expect restructuring/layoffs because there were more than 2 instances of it in my less than 3 years there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those darn permatemps - your company will collapse without them! Stop making excuses!

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