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

I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Nice people, the company is all about literacy and reading

Cons

Very decentralized structure, too many layers at the top for its size, don't invest enough in digital, the company can't make up its mind.

Advice to Management

Invest and don't be afraid to change!

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  1. Good benefits, flexible hours but top management needs a makeover

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to arrange a 4 day work week and get full benefits, not many other companies would do that

    Company has a great mission - to help kids read, and help teachers stay on top of new trends and regulations (common core standards)

    Trade publishing has eye for talent - Scholastic publishes The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series

    Cons

    CEO runs public company like a family business - each business unit has its own P&L so there is a lot of competition and territoriality among the business units - leading to mistrust and tension. Every 2-3 years, there are major management shake-ups as the CEO thinks it will lead to change but as long as he runs the business this way, it won't.

    There is little opportunity for advancement unless there is a management shake-up and VPs are fired.

    Advice to Management

    CEO need to retire soon! Train the next leaders of the company and reward innovation instead of rewarding the people who have been there for decades doing things the same old way b/c they are intimidated by technology


  2. Helpful (4)

    Dysfunctional and Stressful - A Shame Given All that Scholastic Stands For

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PR Branding of Literacy Message and Support of Educators and Schools
    Select pockets of wonderful individuals who work hard and really care about the company and results

    Cons

    Silo'd and combative organization with little to no collaborative spirit
    No incentive to work towards common goals and financial success - every group for themselves
    Mean spirited and selfish behavior exhibited across the ranks
    Organization is managed more like a family owned business, complete with favoritism, nepotism, and no apparent focus on ROI and financial growth
    Too many long term managers who have never worked anywhere else; new senior talent generally lasts less than two years either quitting out of frustration or being terminated for addressing the status quo

    Advice to Management

    Develop a culture of meritocracy - streamline the many long term senior managers who have only worked at Scholastic for 20 plus years and bring in some fresh talent and outside thinking to modernize the strategy. Watch T & E and other wasteful spend that is rampant. Focus on digital transformation cannot be limited to an eReader product that is behind the curve and that has little chance of competing with the Amazon, Googles, Apples and Microsofts of the world. Stop the infighting - reward collaborative success and penalize selfish behavior that hurts the company's bottom line and morale for all. Treat employess with dignity and respect.


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