NCS Pearson Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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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. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Scorer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Scorer in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at NCS Pearson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent regional management (Sacramento, CA). Clear expectations explained and concerns from workers addressed quickly. Made to feel welcome from day one and good social environment to work in. Loved the flex time option.

    Cons

    No downsides for me. Wish the work lasted longer


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Online Scorer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Online Scorer in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Great seasonal, work-from-home job which I have been a part of for 6 scoring seasons. Offers great training, great content and technical support. Everything you need to be successful at your job. Pay is good with incentives to boot.

    Cons

    Technical issues can sometimes effect if you can get your work done.


  3. Good salary, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I was hired as a tech writer for a solid salary they paid me 5 years, when it could have been a 6-month contract job.

    Cons

    Even though I worked in Iowa City, the majority of my co-workers did not live in this fairly open-minded community, and misogyny, homophobia, and racism were all too apparent.

    Advice to Management

    You're not doing anyone any favors by hiring developers who are egomaniacs and cannot work with a diverse workforce.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Regional Scorer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCS Pearson part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working time. Can work around my daily schedule.

    Cons

    Very stressful. It seems every set of papers have a different set of standards even though they use the same rubric. There is no consistency. Calibration should help you see how they expect you to score and let you learn to match that. Instead, they lock you out because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. I know I am giving fair scores. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean that I am wrong. the rubric is very subjective.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good temp work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Scorer
    Current Employee - Test Scorer

    I have been working at NCS Pearson part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low stress, good supplemental income,

    Cons

    Temporary and often projects interfere with other job schedules. Low pay ($12/hr for a college graduate).

    Advice to Management

    Make schedule of upcoming projects more readily available to conditional employees -- they need to plan for other work opportunities in order to have consistent income. Raise hourly wages.


  7. Helpful (1)

    DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Publishing giant realizes they need to buy tech companies.

    Cons

    Publishers trying to run tech companies with a publisher mentality.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be Google or Apple, you need people that grew up in tech. You cannot run leading edge tech firms with a text book background.


  8. programmer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time

    Pros

    a very nice place to start with, people are very nice at NCS Pearson

    Cons

    maybe will have a tough time when you get busy

    Advice to Management

    no advice to management


  9. A good company for beginners, but may not be good for experienced

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assessment Development Service in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assessment Development Service in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible working time
    nice people around
    lots of opportunities to do different things

    Cons

    too many meetings and emails involving irrelevant people
    bad work/life balance; has to be on-call
    don't value research
    don't value good working people
    too many managers


  10. Senior Quality Assurance Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at NCS Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Restructuring and group layoffs. Company provides no advance layoff notice and managers do schedule a last minute meeting to walk you to HR and you are not allowed to go back to your office as someone else brings your personal belongings. Unfair learning opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate your staff and their expertise. Provide opportunities for development to all staff and not certain individuals as some managers do not follow Pearson values.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience- Distributed Scorer working from home

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distributed Scorer
    Current Employee - Distributed Scorer

    I have been working at NCS Pearson part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I haven't had the terrible experience some have had. I have worked up to 12 hours in one day without issue, and 20-40 hours in a week and have never been "shut out" of the system. My project was out of work once for a day or so, and was back with more responses to score within 24-36 hours. I have always been treated fairly and my pay has been on time. I work when I have free time and as long as you work the min number of hours they request for your project per week and maintain good validity ratings, from my experience, they leave you to it. Never had the hassle anyone else is talking about.

    Cons

    Time sheets populate the next day between 7-9 pm. This can be a hassle when it's time to submit time sheets for the week, but mine have always been accurate.

    Advice to Management

    Increase distributed scorer pay for certified teachers. Should be paid more than others who possess a degree but no teaching credentials.



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