Pearson Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
833 Reviews
3.2
833 Reviews
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John Fallon
180 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 38 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.  

    Going through some growing (or shrinking) pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic life/work flexibility, not micro-managed, ability and freedom to create my own programs. Very happy with my specific group.

    Cons

    Ever since Fallon took over, it has started to feel like we're a bunch of used car salesmen. There's so much talk of efficacy, but the reality feels like it's more about lining the pockets of senior management, being in bed with the government and gaining power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the positive vibe Marjorie Scardino pumped into all of us. We'd be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pearson creates high-quality products that I was proud to represent to educators.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Work independently from home and manage your own schedule as long as sales goals and objectives are met. Big company, so room to move from division to division to advance skill set while working for the same company.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to get. Annual sales goals could be really high--for example a 22% increase in sales goal from year-to-year in a market that grows at a max of 6% per year. Sales bonuses are all or nothing. You can work your tail off all year and get no bonus if you don't make your goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the sales bonus structure to include payout starting at 85% of goal achievement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great growth experience while providing online education

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment that allows people to grow and self direct their careers.

    Cons

    Too many silos with conflicting needs and disjointed planning processes. These lead to last minute dependency resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clarity of purpose and lines of communication. Ownership of business problems shouldn't be duplicated across multiple groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice people and the work is exciting. The culture is friendly and creative.

    Cons

    Management change was not smooth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment

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    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that allows you to work on your own schedule or work form home. You can work full-time and take good care of your family. Managers are very supportive and your concerns are always resolved. Good environment with nice and supportive colleagues. Good insurance packages.

    Cons

    Can be stressful sometimes because of the working load. Not very supportive for professional growth outside of the routine work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally positive experience, some drawbacks

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    Current Employee - IT Management in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - IT Management in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Promote-from-within culture is beneficial to employees, opportunities to contribute to industry-leading products and teams.

    Cons

    Typical large corporate drawbacks: slow to change, some standards often pushed from corporate folks (which can squash innovation), lagging a bit in comparison to some modern standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pearson San Antonio

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Totally decent employer, nice people, unbelievable benefits. This is a very energetic company that treats people well and promotes a healthy work environment.

    Cons

    A little bit disorganized and lots of constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pearson: Digital Art

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    Former Employee - Artist in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Artist in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible with my hours when I started to have medical issues. Great Company.

    Cons

    Due to the flexibility shown to me, I would not give any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was awesome. They encouraged and facilitated my personal and professional growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    This is the most powerful company in education.

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Huge company behind you. Lots of options for customers. Many fantastic products and tries to be forward-thinking.

    Cons

    Too much internal "noise". Employees spend many hours a day on internal calls/webinars. Constant re-orgs confuse and demotivate both customers and employees. Growth by acquisition creates huge implementation headaches.

    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Very positive group of people.

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    Current Employee - Scoring Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Scoring Director in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The folks who do the scoring and the supervisors are very friendly and professional. They know how to train and adjust when a problem comes up. The work/life balance is superb, even if the job is "seasonal".

    Cons

    The pay is good, but the work tends to be "feast or famine." The fall season is very bleak!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to make more folks year 'round workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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