Pearson Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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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. 5 people found this helpful

    A corporate giant that gives corporations a bad name.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The health benefits and work from home policies are good.

    Cons

    The salaries are awful, policy changes are endless, and the workload keeps building as head counts shrink. Individualism and creative thinking is frowned upon, and there is a vast chasm between management and the people who do the actual work. Limited training for emerging technologies that are crucial to company success with an increasing emphasis on outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches. Value the wealth of knowledge and experience they have. Invest in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Services Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leadership and culture of the organization

    Cons

    Size of the organization; sometimes difficult to determine where to go for answers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    excellent salary and benefits and supportive managers.

    Cons

    opportunities for promotion and growth.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Assessment Item Writer

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    Former Employee - Assessment Item Writer - Short Term Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assessment Item Writer - Short Term Contractor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    flexible schedule (just meet project deadlines), work independently, project managers available for assistance/feedback

    Cons

    No way to know what other projects are available to be considered for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer short term contractors opportunities to enter the company for other projects/ job opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. A good company struggling with a rapidly changing business.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    The benefits are great. If you are working with creative people who want to do innovative things, the job is terrific.

    Cons

    We are a big company, and change can be slow and difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We do need to be more streamlined, but we have well educated customers, and we do need to have enough flexibility to serve different needs of different disciplines.

  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Great local teams, horrid global management.

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Local team is dedicated, diligent, talented.

    Cons

    Highly siloed, bureaucratic nightmare to maneuver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use common sense when making decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Was a great group of people to work with and for. Great benefits.

    Cons

    For three years management kept us in the dark about dosing the warehouse. They just started outsourcing to other companies, customers are left behind with no knowledge of products or divisions.

  9. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, opportunities for advancement. Good pay. Great culture

    Cons

    poor benefits, fragmented, inefficient, lack of standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working on corporate change, but don't forget values

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting up and down ride. Good education & technology related work.

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits coverage. Work from home policy.

    Cons

    Salary not up to the mark

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Looks great on a resume, but primarily a labor job

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    Former Intern - Assistant Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Intern - Assistant Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    -Looks great on a resume when looking for pretty much any management position because you get to lead a team from day one
    -Full-time employees were all very nice, especially the department supervisor and manager
    -They take the necessary time to train you properly
    -They will ask you back if they like you, and it seems like college grads land a supervisor position if they've interned there before

    Cons

    -A lot of physical labor
    -Interns learn pretty much everything by the second or third day
    -Not much to do with the rest of the day once replenishment was complete (I worked in Replenishment)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please find more for the interns to learn and do, and consider giving them more visible authority once they have proven they are competent

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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