Pearson Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Helpful (21)

    WAS a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great company - really cared for its employees and their families. Had a wonderful work atmosphere where employees respected each other.

    Cons

    Now ruled by the almighty Dollar and would prefer to have young employees with no common sense than hold on to its seasoned employees who could mentor the newer staff and also provide knowledge and insight to products.

    Advice to Management

    You can revert to the old environment without jeopardizing your leadership in technology and education. Employees would be happier and more productive.


  2. Customer Digital Success

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - good pay
    - friendly and helpful co-workers
    - very laid back environment
    - understanding and flexible bosses

    Cons

    - any position in customer service can be challenging sometimes
    - this position is only two years old so there are not clear guidelines of what you do and don't do

    Advice to Management

    - great management, stand beside their employees. Try to define this position more.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Mostly good - but the bad is really bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Certain positions are extremely flexible (allow working from home, flex-time, etc). Decent amount of PTO and paid Holidays. Decent benefit package. Ranked highly for non-discriminatory practices. Ranked highly for working mothers. Tuition reimbursement is available. Internal training and networking opportunities are plentiful. Participation in community share agriculture.

    Cons

    As great as the option to be flexible sounds, there are still many cases where the work/life balance is horrible. This is largely due to open positions rarely getting back-filled and simply shuffling work to another employee on the team. Late nights are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more telecommuting and rely less on brick and mortar.


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  5. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance; good culture

    Cons

    salary a little low; too many meetings


  6. Helpful (1)

    Scorer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scorer in Murphy, TX
    Former Employee - Scorer in Murphy, TX

    I worked at Pearson (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work my own hours from home

    Cons

    Communication gets broken down at times


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people, generous benefits. I had a great manager who really helped me kick start my career and wonderful co-workers who made me laugh every day.

    Cons

    Cons were those that come with many big companies--can be slow to get things done, rigid structures, etc. Compensation was definitely very low.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more competitive salaries and make sure communications from corporate make it all the way down the line--through VPs, mid-levels, entry-levels, interns, etc. Only way to make sure all are on board with initiatives.


  8. Test Scorer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in East Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in East Lansing, MI

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of people. Interesting work. Decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    Temporary work only. Short lunch break. Work seems to be poorly organized, causing delays. Interview process seemed to be poorly organized... as if they didn't expect the large number of candidates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Culture and Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back, nice location,

    Cons

    there's not a lot of social activities, not very good HR support

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR support.


  10. Good Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Queen Creek, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Queen Creek, AZ

    I worked at Pearson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People at Pearson are nice.

    Cons

    Changes, Changes, Changes, Changes, Changes


  11. Helpful (3)

    Making a difference in higher educational learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have the pleasure of speaking with some of the brightest educators in the world. I am outside most days visiting different college campuses. I have the leading textbooks and technology products and services to offer. I can walk into any office and know I have a solution. I have a team who are thoughtful, supportive, creative, and allow me to think outside the box. I might be alone on campus in between calls, but I never feel alone inside this huge company family. Even though Pearson is huge, we are specialized and organized appropriately to allow for a true small company feel inside a machine. I cannot imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    Reorganization has been confusing at times, but management is supportive and doing everything they can to be transparent and professional. Dealing with issues outside our control--the Common Core politics that we do not set yet support--are tiring, but we know what we stand for, and why we are involved where we are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep reaching out to your people. Keep us in the loop, and try to work on keeping us out of the public eye where we should not be concerned. Stay invested in the future and your people.



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