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Amazing company & brand... Not progressive or innovative

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Scholastic full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great brand and message around reading and driving literacy

Cons

Division between different business units/stakeholders

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Turf war city

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

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In theory, creating books for children is fun and pure and not at all soul-sucking. Plus there's an awesome rooftop deck with nice views of downtown NY. Great location in Soho.

    Cons

    Poor (nonexistent) marketing strategy from the knee-jerk school of management results in tons of money wasted on projects that ultimately go nowhere. Arbitrary and contradictory last-minute changes from several redundant layers of management result in late nights spent working to salvage horribly frankensteined creative. After awhile, you go numb and stop caring about producing your best work. What does it matter? It'll change anyway, for the worse. Turf wars abound within and without each department. Lots of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the many arbitrary layers of management. Reward collaboration between departments. Come up with a consistent, top-down marketing strategy that encompasses print and digital, and one with a look and feel that does not date from 1979. Since you'll ignore all of this anyway, at the very least come up with a useable digital reader. The current one is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good benefits, flexible hours but top management needs a makeover

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    • Culture & Values
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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