NCS Pearson Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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David W. Smith
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Pros
  • Decent company, good work-life balance, (in 5 reviews)

  • HR is very supportive and benefits are good (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Above minimum wage but with no benefits and limited work available, it's hard to get the dollars to add up (in 3 reviews)

  • They do tell you the scoring schedule window is an estimate (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Scorer

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    Former Employee - Scorer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Scorer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very well structured training that allowed you to catch on really quickly.

    Cons

    Sitting for eight hours striaght.


  2. Greatvfun

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    Former Employee - Professional Scorer in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Professional Scorer in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work here 40 hours. There is paid overtime on weekends if you want it, and there are bonuses fo employees who work well. Everyone was friendly.

    Cons

    Some may not like the 40 hour requirement. There are qualifications that are hard to pass.

    Advice to Management

    Put better snacks in the vending machine. We were getting fat, eating candy all the time.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Agreeing with "Be Ethical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Really Good People with whom to work. Health insurance benefits are good, although last year the policy changed so that when you retire, you have no company-offered medical as a retiree.

    Cons

    Have worked here four + years, was hired at significantly less than industry standard for the position, with the supposed prospect of equitable salary and bonuses to come. Not coming, after four years. Recruiters and HR need to practice what company slogans preach about honesty and integrity. Further, there is a serious disconnect between what top level managers say and mid-level managers do.

    Advice to Management

    Practice the honesty you preach. When you lose a big state contract, don't say that it will have little effect and then fire several hundred people shortly after those remarks. Also, stop the practice of hiring people at less than typical pay for the job, with the (unfulfilled) promise of future raises and bonuses. An employee can earn the highest performance rating year after year and then see zero financial gain from it. Pearson is losing many good people because they are disillusioned and simply won't tolerate this any longer.


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  5. Mixed Feelings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - competitive pay in my region - free soda/coffee - good life/work balance most of the time

    Cons

    - there were many layoffs while I was there; although I didn't get laid off myself. But its scary and lowers your morale. - at one point I was in a position and ready to promote but they told me I had to stay there for 3 years because 'that's how we do it' ; so I ended up taking a different position in a different department for more pay. Clearly if you are willing to sit in the box they want you in you can get stuck in a glass ceiling situation very easily ; on the flipside if you are proactive and non-complacent there can be some promotional opportunities. - promotional opportunities were in fact very rare while I was there. I was lucky to get promoted but saw many very talented and long tenured colleagues sit in low to mid level positions get stuck without any room to grow. - it might seem minor but there was a big focus on a fake social media internal site called "Neo" where you are supposed to pretend to be social with employees like you might with your friends or family on Facebook except of course its a big corporation and no one feels comfortable doing that do they? The constant emails from the CEO to go check his blogpost on Neo when he could have just put the information in the email he just sent you is really frustrating and ultimately I ignored most of his 'blog posts' due to that.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place for employee

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Employee-friendly management style

    Cons

    Teams may be re-assigned to different projects once a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rearrange team to project mapping so often.


  7. Fantastic and Friendly

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    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The great support and opportunities to make an impact on something as rewarding as the future of education.

    Cons

    Their is too many great committees and organizations, we want to participate in them all.


  8. Scorer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    They work around your personal life but that also means you are at the mercy of their projects. It is a good company to be at even if it is a temporary position.

    Cons

    Downside it is only per project and temporary


  9. Awful morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time

    Pros

    PTO, hours, clean, nice restrooms.

    Cons

    Degrading to hard workers. Mean management.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.


  10. pearson research

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    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NCS Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible remote work environment, not much pressure

    Cons

    The goal of the position and the research network was not entirely clear. The work (writing papers on education) often felt frivolous and not very substantive. There was a lack of technical knowledge among many employees, and ironically a disinterest in mathematics or science despite many of the staff holding PhDs in educational research. It felt as if the organization was created solely to improve the public image of the corporation.

    Advice to Management

    make clear the aims for the organization


  11. Great Flexible hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Convenience and flexibility to work from the comfort of your home

    Cons

    Seasonal work only.Certain projects you have to meet certain standards in order to continue to work on project.



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