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Nice place to work

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Current Employee - Senior Editor  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

I have been working at Scholastic full-time for more than a year

Pros

Scholastic is a lovely place to work. Some plusses:

-Nice, respectful people.
-Great office location in SoHo NYC!
-Good cheap food in the cafeteria (it's also nice to sit up there)
-Flexible work options (you can work from home whenever you want)
-VERY casual (I wear t-shirt and jeans every day)
-No set "hours" - most people roll into the office around 930 or 10.
-Benefits are very good (we even have PET INSURANCE!!!)
-Global reputation.

Cons

Highly bureaucratic. Many decisions come from upper management (and no, of course they don't know how to do your job!)

Even though I'm a full-time employee I was still given an end-date in my contract.

Ineffective management. Inappropriate time given to projects.

LOTS of work. Expect to take work home over the weekends during crunch times.

Many pointless meetings that eat away at your day and lower productivity.

Low pay (but, after all, this is publishing!)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Scholastic

  1.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brand and message around reading and driving literacy

    Cons

    Division between different business units/stakeholders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than a 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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