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Weak IT leadership, No vision, and inept 20+ year VPs and Directors

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

- 9 to 5 job
- slow moving organization

Cons

It is unfortunate the Cons are numerous:
- IT leadership is weak and it shows so clearly to anyone paying attention. It is often compared to an organized zoo, the clown gets 15 minutes fame then hides. The company has no CIO, and the person in charge is not up to par with the responsibilities of the position. You would expect top leaders to communicate a vision, energize the ranks, and show the path. It is unfortunate these qualities are not there.
- Upper management made foolish and bad decisions in the past, and they keep strong hold to protect their posts. You see it with those who have been at this company for 20+ years.
- Accountability is on paper, and it is rarely practiced in IT. Budgets are intentionally bloated, and the waste is very high. It is very surprising how upper management keeps getting away with it. Bigger the budget, more secure the position.
- Organization is managed more like a family owned small business, complete with favoritism, nepotism, and no apparent focus on ROI and growth
- Too many long term managers who have never worked anywhere else, and they bring no substance. New senior talent generally lasts less than two years either quitting out of frustration or being terminated for addressing the status quo. I have seen few courageous senior talents challenging the waste and the status quo, they gave hope to the rest of us, they brought fresh thinking to this dying organization. Unfortunately, these out of box thinkers didn't last. They are gone and took hope with them.
- There are more than the normal share of people who are downright nasty. People that have been at the company for a long time feel entitled to do what they want and they dont want to be questioned.
- Politics are incredibly high considering the size of the company
- Micro management is highly used as a tactic to protect the interest of those long term managers
- Siloed and combative organization with little to no collaborative spirit. No incentive to work towards common goals and financial success - every group for themselves. Often you hear people in the elevator referring to dog-eat-dog environment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- bring fresh talent and clean house
- bring leaders who have vision and managers who can actually manage
- develop a culture of meritocracy - streamline the many long term senior managers who have only worked at Scholastic for 20 plus years

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    A good experience to get one's feet wet in business operations.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at Scholastic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The internship gave the opportunity to get insight into financial operations and the process behind publishing. Coworkers and mentors were very helpful and provided assistance when needed. Served as a good starting point while business was my main interest.

    Cons

    Work consisted of primarily data entry or going through invoices and other sorts of paperwork. Few opportunities to work with other coworkers or for work that broke up the monotony.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for interns to get involved so that the work itself feels more rewarding. This being said, it was only an internship, so the extent that this could be improved may not be large.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of great people though hard to move up unless someone moves out...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great insurance along with other benefits make lower pay scale a bit more bearable.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of management is stuck in their ways and are not open to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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