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Pearson Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
940 Reviews
3.1
940 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    HigherEd is seeing a new day with new CTO

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great People are still left, Morale is improving with new CTO

    Cons

    Things won't change overnight but positive signs are already there, patience may be required to rebuild a good work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely on your excellent individual contributors to help guide changes based on their expertise with the work at hand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 21 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ

    I have been working at Pearson (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health Benefits , vacation/holiday time. Matching 401k. Adjusted hours in the Summer to allow for longer weekends.

    Cons

    Employees no longer seem to matter. After multiple re-orgs there has been so much work dumped on the remaining employees with very little training and heavy demands. Work life balance has disappeared, basically you should be happy you have a job so do whatever it takes to get it done. Salary and increases are minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should invest the time to understand the responsibilities and demands of certain positions before having people, without much knowledge of a job, create policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Operations Manager/Director Radiology
    Current Employee - Operations Manager/Director Radiology

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

    Pros

    Have to read postings to be careful looking at job want.

    Cons

    Would like to select more than one location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing but always reinvent yourself each year.

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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Great people, screwed up organization

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked with some amazing, talented, dedicated people, whose talents are frankly wasted here. The flexible schedule and ability to work from home are great. Decent benefits. If you don't mind the possibility of your job being completely turned upside down without warning or explanation, work here!

    Cons

    Completely disorganized and disjointed management that is totally out of touch with what the workforce needs to get their jobs done. Constant "restructuring" i.e. layoffs of the people who are doing valuable work while the upper management flounders around doing very little. Many of the really great people either leave or are laid off while the dead wood hangs on. Constant bad press makes it hard to be proud of working for this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent in your communications to your workforce. Hire leadership who know how to lead, not just talk about "strategies for success". Consider NOT laying off the people who are actually working really hard to make money for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Getting too big to feel like I matter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Compensation
    Ability to work remotely as necessary

    Cons

    Constantly changing bosses
    People leaving
    Lack of face time with my boss
    Unresponsive Executive Management
    No back fills at all for a year, yet more work tossed our way
    ZERO direction from bosses at VP level up other than theoretical nonsense that every company has. Get tactical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back fill good people
    Get rid of the bell curve for reviews

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work, they like to hire internally, too!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Temporary Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Contractor - Temporary Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to move up is present

    Cons

    Lots of long hours sitting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great professional learning experience working for Pearson

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pearson has a fascinating and useful array of educational products, from K-12, to higher education, to lifetime learning. In my time at Pearson, my focus was in educational software for helping school-district-state administrators, but Pearson's dramatically-improving internal communication exposed me to many other products that can be used by working professionals like myself, while enrolled in college or university, and to follow my child's education (even if my school or district does not use the company's products).

    I was also able to participate in the implementation of products for the rapidly-evolving world of modern digital curriculum and tools, and this was an exciting opportunity.

    Cons

    Some of Pearson's most prominent products require massive scale and speed, and coordination of many departments to implement. Full cross-communication has improved dramatically in the past few years, yet still has room to improve and become a fully-ingrained component of the culture.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Work Life balance is good.

    Cons

    Campus is not well equipped with any fun facilties

  10.  

    Great people to work with.

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

    I worked at Pearson part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very progressive company to work for.

    Cons

    Low pay for perdium consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people more who are in front of tour customers. Thay can up sell and make your customers happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful place to work

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

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    The company's mission is something that you can't find in most corporations.

    Cons

    The work life balance could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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