Pearson Reviews

Updated September 1, 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 (35)

    WAS a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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. Bilingual Senior Editor

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Senior Editor in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Bilingual Senior Editor in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share.


  3. Scorer

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    Current Employee - Managing Partiner in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Managing Partiner in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, intelligent people decent compensation.

    Cons

    Sometimes the scoring criteria are too esoteric. This results in some confusion among the scorers Also it results in some inconsistency in the scores.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me.


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  5. Pearson

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and people to work for.

    Cons

    Closing Austin Production buildings for good.


  6. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good leaving pkg for employees

    Cons

    Did not get contract and 200+ employees laid off plus temps


  7. Professional Scorer (work from home)

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    Former Employee - Professional Scorer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Professional Scorer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Pearson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility and autonomy of working from home as a Scorer. For example, there is not strict adherence to shifts and no micro-management.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities for work from home Scorers. Also, all scoring positions are only project-based not permanent work.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great culture, great benifits, has the direction of a headless chicken.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Springville, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Springville, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benifits, people centered culture. I loved the PTO and management that was more focused on helping you perform, then on making performance contort to metrics.

    Cons

    Inability of management to see projects through... When they get scared of costs the ship it off shore where lowest bidders finish killing it.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a project... And developers/dev teams by their nature aren't fungible.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Its a decent job

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, and so are my hours

    Cons

    Not as friendly as it use to be


  10. Helpful (20)

    Would not recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex time and great benefits

    Cons

    The company environment changed during my time of employment. When I started there it was a friendly, easy going company; however, when new management took over the atmosphere became very depressed and negative. The open work space that was initiated was meant to encourage more collaborative work days, but I don't think it succeeded in doing that. More of a library feel than a vital, lively workspace. It's also very difficult for advancement, and salaries are not representative of experience and time put in.


  11. Helpful (7)

    What a shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were what drove this company. Talent was oozing all over the place with a culture of innovation and a true dedication to the customer. Notice the past tense.

    Cons

    I get the struggle of a publishing company transitioning to digital, but as a former CEO once said, "it is easier to change while you are on top". Well, that time has come and gone. Now it is going to get tough. Nobody wants to be part of a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring technology executives whose main qualification is they rode one of the top tech companies into the ground in the mid 2000s. Unless that is the plan I guess.



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