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Pearson Reviews in London, England

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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3.5 17 reviews

44% Approve of the CEO

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John Fallon

(9 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media(in 60 reviews)

  • Almost all of my colleagues with families work from home twice a week(in 30 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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    One amazing company.

    Administrator (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsNot a lot of possibilities for new people and very hard to stay on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate new opportunities for interns, apprentices etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work with

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

    ProsPeople 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, decent company, lack of direction sometimes

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

    ProsFriendly, 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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Really good people

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

    Prosgreat benefits, good people, interesting work

    ConsFairly low salaries, poor leadership,

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive your values; brave, imaginative and decent

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

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    Pearson Shared Services

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

    ProsA lot of people there on permanant are on a cushy number sitting around in the canteen having meetings drinking coffee while get nothing done. Hours are good

    ConsA lot of people are on a tempory contacts lasting over a year with no benefits so if you fancy not getting paid when you are sick not getting any pension (soon to get 1% forced by gov't) not getting a pay review in 1st year while you manager enjoys all of these perks come on board. Its a 2 tier system using the recession as an excuse a LOT of tax payers money idling in the bank without anyone even having the sense to invest it
    A lot of finance outsourced to India who have never heard of bank reconciliations and do not employ enough staff and the ones they have do not understand simple accounts and have no real accountability to Pearson
    Nothing can be sorted quickly without internal escalation processes designed to delay any action
    Endless one to one meeting which are really one to zero setting you impossible to achieve targets due to internal probs above all desgned to give an excuse not to give you a with inflation rise
    A contacts will have not one but about 4 sales people 'managing it' some working from home - we all know what that means! Get one of those jobs and you are sorted

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign or at least don't believe your own BS

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost Direction...

    Somewhere In ELT (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe business aspires to be an open workplace and espouses high integrity values and culture

    ConsIn reality it fails epically to live-up to it's own ideals because there are too many climbers, hiders and bullies

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes, there are many amazing people in Pearson who are too often crushed and pushed aside for the glory of a few incompetents.

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

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    A decent comapny

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

    ProsA great feeling of purpose. The company is really serious about improving people's lives through learning.

    ConsWe tend to discuss things for ages instead of doing them.

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

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    Some incredibly talented people, a lot of poor managers

    Management Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsRespected brand
    Some very talented individuals especially those working with cutting edge technologies
    Big potential for change across the board - education and publishing industries (both of which Pearson are Yesteryear/today's leaders) are going through a massive amount of change... if done right, Pearson will remain leaders - however from what I have seen this is doubtful.

    ConsStifling bureaucracy
    A massive amount of resistance to change - as the business attempts to define and move towards a digital first strategy, there are too many people placing roadblocks trying to keep the status quo.
    Weak management
    Not a true meritocracy - people promoted due to length of service not necessarily expertise or solid performance - leading to pure incompetence (although there are a few who really do think outside the box and contribute to the digital first strategy positively).

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnforce change

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

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