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My experience at Scholastic was a positive one.

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

I worked at Scholastic part-time for more than 8 years

Pros

The Scholastic offices in downtown Manhattan, Soho, provided a comfortable work environment.

Cons

I personally found it hard to grow within the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I was a part time employee so was unable to take advantage of career advancement opportunities within the company. I would suggest close observation of the talents each of your employees have to offer and using those talents to the full.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Thrown Out With the Garbage

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A good place to cut one's teeth. When it was truly a mid-sized family-run corporation, Scholastic actually cared about its employees. The pay used to be decent and there were no permalancers (this was a long time ago). There was demonstrable loyalty to long-time employees who did good work, and there were ample rewards for a job well done. Products and services were well-loved by our customers and the company was cutting edge.

    Cons

    Ruthless cultural changes after the move to SoHo. They went public and got too corporate, while remaining a nepotistic family business, rife with favoritism and special back-room deals. I worked my butt off for them, with no overtime, often forgoing vacations at my boss's behest in one department. After a decade of nothing but good performance reviews and several promotions, I lost my job in a big departmental purge and was treated like total crap for a year prior to that, especially after they fired my boss. Essentially they tried to torture us all out, then stopped giving us work, then fired us for not doing a good job when indeed we had no job. Then after the dirty deed was done, they dumped the person they hired to fire us. This kind of thing became typical at "the company you grew up with." It was like a cult, or the Mafia. Or, sadly, today's cutthroat corporate America. Especially sad when it had been a wonderful place to work for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your good reputation by treating your employees the way you treat your customers. I could say more but it would not be heard, and frankly, I wouldn't be sad if Scholastic went kaput. They're all about Harry Potter and Common Core now anyway - not innovations in education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A complete waste of my time

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL

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

    Pros

    I got to share quality products with wonderful customers. I also had the pleasure of making some wonderful friends.

    Cons

    As a teacher, I expected Scholastic to be an extension of what I had done in teaching - a place where I could use my education and experience to make a difference. WRONG! I was treated like a child, scolded or yelled at, pushed to do more, more, more. Management is incredibly disrespectful and rude to employees and there is no recourse because HR is best friends with the VP. The place is rife with nepotism - jobs being created for family of management while hard-working employees were laid off or even fired. I was constantly on edge, never knowing when or what I'd be reprimanded for. When I did make my goal (and far beyond), the management refused to pay me commission, spending more than 3 months finding a loophole that they could use. After going to HR in NY to get my earned commission, I was harrassed constantly by my manager - she even called me out for daring to speak up. I have never felt so under-appreciated, under-utilized, and small! I could not get out of there fast enough!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To top management: get smart and promote some managers who can actually manage! Put people in place who will support the reps. Don't hire friends and family who are not qualified for their positions. Stop micro-managing EVERYTHING and let intelligent people use their skills to your benefit.
    To team managers: Try using positive reinforcement - it will get you so much farther with your reps. Don't see everything as a challenge to your authority - instead support your reps and let them make you look good! Focus on actually doing your job instead of visiting with the other managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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