Scholastic

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Good company, good people, hard to advance

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
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.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    a money-wasting company led by a disorganized and spoiled upper management team

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    They loved wasting money on the most boring "moral boosting" parties... but at least there was booze and food. The health benefits were also very good, and you got them as soon as you started to work at Scholastic.

    Cons

    - Upper management team wasted everyone's time (and too much money!) by making endless revisions, as well as making everyone work on their personal projects (e.g. every year the president of my division had the production team make personalized holiday cards for her family).
    - HR doesn't listen to your problems, and they always relay confidential info to your manager.
    - Upper management treats everyone like their slaves. And if you don't suck up to them constantly, they do everything they can to get you fired. I've witnessed many high-level employees be treated so well, and the moment they disagree with their boss, they are black-listed.
    - Everyone is underpaid because they give their VP's outrageous annual bonuses ($100K-200K)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's great except for the dysfunctional executives

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    The formal work/life balance programs, in-house medical facility, paid time off, 3-mo paid maternity leave, stock options for employees, discounts on Scholastic store items, corporate building meeting spaces have great facilities, SoHo cafeteria is nice and the food is good and decently priced, most people are friendly and cooperative. And the pay is competitive and fair.

    Cons

    Management in some divisions is dysfunctional. Executives are intrusive, untrusting, and can be verbally abusive to staff and higher-level managers. There is a recurrent decision to cut project development timelines to meet demands from customers that are stoked by the sales teams, who make promises the company can't meet based on bad or hasty information given to sales. Inter-departmental cooperation is often blocked by untrusting managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication about new programs and policies is good, but internal communication about responsibilities roles and changes to processes is not good.

    Disapproves of CEO
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