Pearson Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
839 Reviews
3.2
839 Reviews
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John Fallon
184 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. 4 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3.  

    Excellant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, and in general!

    Cons

    None that I care to list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, a good experience. It was an easy part-time job, and great for a student. The staff was great.

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    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    The pros were differently scheduling flexibility and the ability to be able to read/do work while working at the front desk. The pay was above minimum wage, which was a nice bonus. Overall, it was a good part time job to have; the stress was minimal and the job was very easy.

    Cons

    Hours are often sporadic; center opens and closes depending on how many exams are scheduled for each day. The work load also varies by season- more people test (and therefore there are more available shifts) in the spring and summer than in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7.  

    Great company to work for! Low key and kind of aging environment. Large operations.

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Job Security
    - knowledgable employees
    - Promotes from within the company

    Cons

    - Not a lot of communication
    - Quiet
    - Older

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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