Pearson Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media (in 71 reviews)

  • Work from home seems pervasive throughout the company (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • It's as if upper management has never been in sales (in 38 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Pearson

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hrd in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Hrd in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Big and ambitious and clearly respected

    Cons

    very corporate at times and can lack practicality

    Advice to Management

    keep it real


  2. I like Pearson.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice, and I think it is a great place to grow and expand your skills.

    Cons

    Communication. It's such a big organisation and there are so many teams doing amazing things, but unless you know where to go, it can be sometimes difficult to get the right help.

    Advice to Management

    no comment.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Still a fairly traditional company...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a decent culture, good level of civility. The company cares about the learning efficacy of its products.

    Cons

    Moves slow; current transformation process is churning out some of the strong people; becoming more political.

    Advice to Management

    Most growth seems to come from acquisitions, so it might be good to figure out how to cultivate cultures that will continue their innovation and growth


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  5. supervisor

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

    I have been working at Pearson (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly, helpful..getting paid on time

    Cons

    Projects are on and off so temporary job


  6. Helpful (7)

    A mixed bag really...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Production Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Content Production Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, relatively relaxed hours and good pensions scheme. Some dedicated people work there but are not appropriately rewarded. Annual incentive scheme is there but not enough really.

    Cons

    Pay is an issue, below market rate especially at the entry and < 5 years experience end. Higher ups seem to get more competitive pay. Some talentless people seem to have risen quite high in the organisation so would indicate this is not a meritocracy. Lots of opportunities to go on secondment at a similar level but it seems that to get significant promotion, you have to play politics and know the right people, not just at work, but also socially and go out for drinks with them.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay, complete projects occasionally, stop changing management priorities so often. But above all, raise pay so you can retain good people especially at the operational end! Slim down management bureaucracy and cut some of the VPs and useless jobsworth types you get as Heads of Function. Hire more competent middle management.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Paying invoices on time would help

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior E-learning Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior E-learning Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global name in the world of education

    Cons

    Disorganised, dictatorial, lack of team ethic

    Advice to Management

    Pay your freelancers invoices in the time specified on their contracts!


  8. Helpful (6)

    Poor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HRM in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - HRM in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are okay Work life balance is not bad given they change there minds so often you are waiting around alot for final decisions to even action work or move forward!

    Cons

    Political alliances and a case of 'who you know' will get you ahead Little promotion or development prospects and very little recognition when due Senior leadership decision making its poor no accountability especially in HR.

    Advice to Management

    Change is required, but it is poorly managed. Those at the top do not listen and do not adapt particularly in HR its rife. Too many politics and those below suffer and never progress.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Welcome to technology

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined the company because it truly had some of the best print curriculum in the world.

    Cons

    The management has no forward-thinking, strategic, effective approach to providing curriculum to schools across the US. Bringing on failures from a computer company doesn't improve the delivery of curriculum using technology.

    Advice to Management

    In an age where computers have been around for a few years (and telephones even longer), you would think telecommuting might be an environmentally friendly perk for employees.


  10. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company to learn from. Great benefits to include working remotely.

    Cons

    Work is done more on a contract basis and is difficult to get hired on full-time.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great idea, but given all the wrong tools.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed hours -employees are all friendly and wanting to better the education system -Benefits (didn't have these for over a year while working here.) -Pay (it offers very competitive pay)

    Cons

    -Lack of technology (the provided technology given to you almost makes it impossible to come up with a product that can compete with other products. Giving the employees freeware that hasn't been supported since 1992 isn't the best idea.) Until they just gather a list of software from certain leadership of what is actually needed to switch to digital, the product will never advance. The designs look outdated. -Lack of higher up leadership (There isn't much insight from the higher ups of whats to be expected. They kept saying we'll get you this or that but never happens. Along with not much information of what direction the company is going.) -Job security (doesn't exsist, alot of us were TOP employees...meaning whenever they decided to say you or the product isn't worth it you could be let go the next day.)

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to come up with a solid plan and give the employees the right technology to advance to the digital world. Until they do that I can only see Pearson crumbling in the digital realm.



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