Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
870 Reviews
3.1
870 Reviews
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John Fallon
200 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 71 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 36 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 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great benefit and working environment. Great mentor. Nice people. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    I have nothing to complain about.

  2.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    I love the people I work with and the pay is good. I feel valued.

    Cons

    The company could work on a communication strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on internal communication strategy. But Pearson is overall great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    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
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to understand what went wrong

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good mission, good benefits. There is no shortage of interesting and challenging business/technical problems that need to be tackled. Opportunities for training/growth are available (but you have to ask).

    Cons

    Leadership is floundering right now, from the top all the way down. Executive management wants to take all that great Pearson content and stay relevant in the digital age ... to truly transform learning. But they have no idea how to do it, and they're not listening to the people who do.

    Good leadership is about finding ways to get the most out of your people ... it's about focusing on results (not the activities towards those results). But you won't get that at Pearson right now. It's become much more authoritarian and top-down in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to make the shift from print to digital, you need to solicit more input from technologists. Too many decisions have been made by legacy-minded leaders, without the input from people that understand how to build software.

    You can't become the "Facebook of Education" when you buy all of your software products, yet build your own data center ... technology innovators that are successful do the exact opposite.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constant reorganization is leaving employees dizzy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fair benefits and compensation. Flexible hours and telecommuting are allowed for some roles with management approval.

    Cons

    Management rolled out an extensive reorganization to move to a matrix organization last year. The transition has not been managed well and it has created a culture where employees don't feel empowered nor a sense of ownership over projects. There are so many levels of approval for simple decisions that it stalls innovation and there is not a sense of urgency to address issues. Revenue has suffered and employees are leaving or even worse... they, "quit and stay" with the hopes that this current model will change with the next reorganization. New leaders are appointed every couple of months and employees who are dizzy from the changes are sitting around waiting for clear leadership and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply approval processes to enable the organization to respond more quickly to customer needs. Old hierarchy systems needs to be dismantled before a matrix organizational structure can be effective. Otherwise, you have just added more levels of approval without a clear leader and owner who is accountable for the final decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strangest corporate (especially North America higher ed) culture (if there even is one) that ever witnessed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401K including employer contribution. However, never could understand how many people were bonused on the same sale especially the custom publishing ones. Often resorted to gimmickry (bundling book packages with useless junk) and mid-year price increases in order meet sales goals. Sales staffs were often not given their annual sales goals until mid-year or later. It was a big game with much number shuffling and smoke and mirrors.

    Cons

    Higher ed division mismanaged and only got worse in recent years. Company is trying to transition from print to digital but has no real idea how to achieve this. Uses terms like efficacy but no one really knows what that is supposed to mean much less explain it to the customer. Often announced poorly timed, Ill thought or impractical initiatives and programs that never really got off the ground. They were often quietly scrapped and employees were strongly advised not to bring them up in even casual conversation.

    Has been reorganizing for the past few years and no one really knows where this is headed (including many senior managers). Many, many employees are just keeping their heads down to not get noticed during the reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For years some of the most ego driven and/or incompetent management structure ever observed especially in higher ed sales. Many people were promoted strictly because they knew how to brown nose their supervisors. Staffers would be amazed to witness these promotions despite the lack of any true talent. Many of those managers are still employed at Pearson trying to assimilate themselves into whatever this company figures out what it wants to be when it stops reorganizing. Overall morale has to improve if this company is truly going to be successful again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Great Things - Future Great Things - Currently in Transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    The people hired at Pearson are generally good and motivated by more than money.

    Cons

    The model is changing in response to industry need. This has led to necessary and disruptive change uprooting many comfortable employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The grass is not always greener.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could Go Either Way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Plenty of resources. Variety of content.

    Cons

    Chaotic reorganization. Cumbersome systems. Questionable bonus ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in products and producers, rather than sellers and commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    By the book management style, but bureaucratic.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    excellent salary and benefits. open policies. good diversity programs. solid, profitable company.

    Cons

    lost in a jungle of bureaucrats, no entrepreneurial strength, minimal cross organizational support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more risk, empower your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits. Unstable company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    The benefits were good and the friends I made while working there are awesome.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, management is awful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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