Pearson Reviews in London, England

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
830 Reviews
3.2
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 37 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good access to work-streams across the organisation. Depts supportive and helpful of work you are involved with.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of room to grow here professionally. Different units are doing various projects involving loads of work disciplines so if there is any area you want to specialise, such as BA, PM, HR, IT, digital, publishing, web etc. then you'll find ample opportunities around. Generally I found people are really helpful and eager to know what work you are involved in (once you get to know them). They had an excellent intranet/social media site for staff where you could find out what was going in Pearson anywhere in the world and you could easily get in touch with someone and get advice to information. Good pension scheme.

    Cons

    Things changed for the worse after the CEO left in 2013 and a new leadership team was put in place. whole business units were closed down, although in fairness the company was suffering from the recession and companies better placed digitally. Not many perks outside of the pay packet and pension scheme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Corporate hell

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being able to leave that terrible place by 4pm everyday and having 30 days leave every year are about the only positives I can draw from working there for 5 years.

    Cons

    This is an extremely corporate environment where only the most cut-throat of people can climb the ladder. The pay is poor, especially for London and there is very little chance of pay increases to match your experience in any given role. The higher powers have no interest in meeting anyone below them and constant "restructures" are unsettling.
    The constantly changing education market is also frustrating to work within as the metaphorical goal-posts are constantly shifting. Lots and lots of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some sort of system where you can progress through levels within your role that will help you move up the corporate ladder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family culture

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pearson is a fantastic friendly paternalistic company, which looks after it's people. It was quite different in each part of the business in terms of culture, but that is changing with a new CEO trying to encourage 'one pearson'. The employee benefits and share save scheme are extremely competitive, and make it hard to leave. Very flexible and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The siloed parts of the business and occasional internal politics. Also the internal systems and processes are often very behind the times. Salaries not very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication cascade of key messages, quicker change decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    been working here 3 years and I have no complaints.... well, not a lot. Great work life balance, right amount of stress without over burdening, very friendly colleagues, good perks and benefits, nice environment to work,

    Cons

    too many changes, serious bureaucracy and politics, hard to move up the ladder unless you are ready to play the game, appears to be no sense of direction for promotions... a person can be in a role for many years!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One amazing company.

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    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment is amazing, people get along so well. Everyone works togethers and spends time outside of work. Atmosphere is brilliant in the office and has a mix of people from various cultures. Excellent internal training available.

    Cons

    Not a lot of possibilities for new people and very hard to stay on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create new opportunities for interns, apprentices etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fabulous people that a make a difference to people's educational lives

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people, the output and the benefits aren't bad either! Work life balance!

    Cons

    The ever changing educational landscape and in some areas salary is very average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make advances via GES, and the switch to Digital and product to service. Reward people at market rate and recruit transparently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A steep learning curve in both man management and credit management in a fairly uncommon market place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Free tea and coffee, autonomy, support from immediate boss, company iphone

    Cons

    challenging blame culture, no so much support from other departments, tough to network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis should be placed on career progression and making the most of Investors in People to develop staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work with

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    Current Employee - Manager At 190 in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager At 190 in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Working environment good. Benefits good. Salary acceptable.

    There is a very strong focus on delivering services to customers that will really improve lives. A strong mission and one that throughout the company (most) people buy into.

    You are worked hard, but their is a strong sense of job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Career development is limited. For an education company they show surprisingly little interest in educating their staff. The company pays lip service to the idea but in reality most teams are too overstretched to have time for personal development. No great interest in supporting their staff to gain industry-recognised certifications.

    Although the company ethos is positive and enlightened, managers at all levels struggle to translate this into a positive working environment. A lot of stifling compliance-focused management. Definitely, there is a clique of showy people who get ahead.

    Recent company-wide restructure has confused most staff; a lot aspirational waffle which translates to a confused strategy. Improved communication required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move investment in technology.
    Improve communication.
    Pay has become an issue in the last few years and this needs to be addressed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, decent company, lack of direction sometimes

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly, lots of potential to move around, decent like minded people, good work life balance - can do decent hours and work from home when needed. Decent company mission and people who believe in the products

    Cons

    Huge amount of change with not enough communication. Lack of strong leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more firm in implementing technologies, processes. Need to be strong and communicate strategy better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really good people

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    Current Employee - Programmer Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good people, interesting work

    Cons

    Fairly low salaries, poor leadership,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live your values; brave, imaginative and decent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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