Pearson
3.3 of 5 725 reviews
www.pearson.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Pearson Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.3 725 reviews

                             

58% Approve of the CEO

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John Fallon

(133 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There is an excellent work-life balance; overtime is hardly ever necessary"
    in 56 reviews
  • "Almost all of my colleagues with families work from home twice a week"
    in 28 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street"
    in 32 reviews
  • "IT development teams and operations tend to work long hours"
    in 25 reviews
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    Going down hill

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Hadley, MA

    ProsDecent benefits and some opportunity for growth within the company

    ConsLousy supervisors, terrible raises, and hours or work kept getting worse and worse.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant re-structuring, mediocre leaders.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay and benefits are good, they do their best to be respectful to their employees - even on exit.

    ConsMany people that have been there forever and not kept current. Lots of bureaucracy, more than I have ever seen at any other company making it impossible to get work done. Duplication of effort runs rampant through the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to re-evaluate the current re-org, and take a close look at your senior leadership team - do they have the right skills to lead the company?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mergers

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Old Tappan, NJ

    ProsGood company leaders who have managed to merger multiple companies.

    ConsThe majority of the employees have been with this company for several years and training wasn't an issue back then as it is now. The company lacks training after hiring and you pretty much have to jump right in and do the best you can.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer training and listen to your employees when in need of training to help make the company a better company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Has great potential but good for now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCompany has good benefits including flextime policy, reasonable paid time offs, summer hours, and casual business dress code. Also, working atmosphere is very friendly. Most managers do not micromanage. Overall, pretty good company to work for.

    ConsConstant restructuring of organization. A lot of talk and promises regarding the goals of the company but still has to show.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to speed up the process on where company wants to be but not to forget our true purpose in education along the way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Upper Saddle River, NJ

    ProsVery flexible schedule, friendly work environment.

    ConsPay on the lower end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust a bit more please.

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    Industry in turmoil; short-sighted emphasis on profit over quality of materials.

    Editor (Former Employee)

    ProsIntelligent, hard-working colleagues and excellent benefits. Many people care about quality and working in partnership with authors and customers, but the institutional emphases have shifted markedly to short-term profitability-- often at the expense of long-standing author/publisher relationships. This situation is an industry trend and not a Pearson-specific issue, per se.

    ConsRegular, very poorly planned and executed reorganizations-- some seemingly driven by individual managers' desires to "manage up" with little thought to repercussions and long-term feasibility. So many built-in inefficiencies due to poorly thought through, top-down shifts where all key players are not brought to the table. While the latest top-down reorg (ongoing through 2013) trimmed a lot of top-line dead wood and sycophantic non-performers, the current CEO is giving short-shrift to North American higher ed in favor of the opportunities to build for-profit schools (using Pearson materials) in the developing world. Fewer people are working harder and harder with poor recognition, generally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn such a stressful environment-- the college textbook market is undergoing major change as is higher ed, generally-- remember that small things matter: acknowledgement of hard work, entertaining staff (that's EVERYONE, not just specific players) on the company dime (even if we're talking pizza and a chat with management on any given Friday). Transparency is necessary: people need to understand how they fit into long-term plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAwesome place to work and great culture

    Consconstantly changing which can be intimidating to some people

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Old Tappan, NJ

    ProsGreat company, Great product, Great people

    ConsCulture is changing - not sure how it will look at the end of the tunnel

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate and manage the change like a project manager

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Massive global educational conglomerate in disruption, but self-aware, professional, and conscientious.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIts a British culture and staff treat each other, vendors, and customers with great respect and demeanor. As of late, first-class facilities in NYC. Excellent pay and benefits. Speaking your mind is encouraged and does not result in repercussions even if controversial.

    ConsInstitutional education is a very frustrating business to be in because of the limitations of what schools are budgeted and trained to purchase. This is a very siloed company due to numerous acquisitions, so work experiences may vary greatly - its impossible to 'see' the whole company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScardino and Shore were on the right track - Pearson needs to continue to reinvent itself on an ongoing basis by each employee working to change the culture to modern standards. Fallon is right too - we need to service our revenue products to make sure we are funded. Its a challenge I don't envy, but there cannot be big gaps of time in which staff are not clearly communicated the message, direction we are going in today, and the status of their resources with which to do it. The tech side is fast-emerging, but is hamstrung by non-engineering management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lofty ideals, lost in the translation

    (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsColleagues tend to be bright, hardworking, and committed to the company mission. Mutual support is evident, unfortunately it has become more so under the strains of the last 18 months of upheaval.

    ConsPearson is going through a rapid transformation that might not have been so painful if they had started a few years ago. ~ 10% of the company has been let go since the new CEO stepped in, with more to come. Revenues are in steep decline. Trust of management has eroded as those in the trenches watch colleagues be let go with seeming no rhyme nor reason, and more work heaped on those who are left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt may be too late.... many of those let go or who left in frustration were the heart and soul of the organization, who would have worked their tails off to help turn the organization around. Hope you don't live to regret it and wonder what the former CEO is thinking as she watches from the sidelines. Sad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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