Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
868 Reviews
3.1
868 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.

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    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. 6 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. 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
  7. 2 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
  8. 2 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not big on diversity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The job itself is awesome. Laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Training is not put together well. There is no diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire based on potential...not looks and favors.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pleasers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good work

    Cons

    Management, leadership and any authority are way too disconnected. People pleasers will like it here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not invincible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful  

    Pearson is a company in search of a new product model.

    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ

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

    Pros

    If they can figure out how to make a digital product work versus the old print product then they are geared to take a large market share. "IF" is the key word here.

    Cons

    Pearson lists their core values as "brave, imaginative and decent." In their search over the past couple of years to find a new product model they fired too many brave and imaginative people to call themselves decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to consider a new CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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