Scholastic
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Friendly but unequal work environment.

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY

ProsAssuming you work for the right division, Scholastic is a friendly, welcoming work environment. The company has a strong, warm-fuzyy inducing mission: To Help All Kids Learn and Love to Read. Who can't get behind that?

ConsScholastic is run like a family business, regardless of the fact that it is publicly traded. There is a great deal of favoritism at play in the company at all levels, and advancement is often more of a popularity contest than a reflection of employees' work ethic.

The company's "family friendly" policy is out of control, allowing virtually anyone (who is female) with children to work from home, or four-days a week and piling on extra work on those who do not have children. This kind of decision is popular with moms, but is a perfect example of why the company seems to be hemorrhaging good workers and can't get itself in the game as far as new publishing ventures and new technology.

There are also huge disconnects between the ways divisions are run. For example, the Book Group gets (secret) "Summer Fridays" where they can take every other Friday off or half-day Fridays in the summer, but the rest of the company is required to work those days. Great for the Book Group, but what about Education? Or eScholastic? Or Magazines? Or the Legal Department? Or Human Resources?

Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the way you treat employees across divisions. You may think we don't see that some of us get treated better than others, but we do. And that's why we leave.

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

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    New York, NY

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    Pros: Great working environment -- not too stressful, awesome work neighborhood (heart of SoHo),… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Hire those darn permatemps - your company will collapse without… More
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    Good company, good people, hard to advance

    Associate Director (Current Employee)
    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: 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… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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