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Pearson Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
950 Reviews
3.1
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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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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    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
  2.  

    Good place to work and great department manager

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    very flexible working schedule,

    Cons

    Don't have much opportunity to interact with coworkers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    good benefits, good salary, offer great training

    Cons

    There no cons at all

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wrong Direction? Return to core values.

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    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer
    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer

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

    Pros

    I was happily employed by Pearson in Italy and the UK from September 1979 until 2014 as a writer and teacher trainer for teachers of English as a Foreign Language [EFL] to adults and school students. I promoted publications and provided after-sales support to customers. I led seminars for teachers in Italy and later Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America and Western Europe.. I would normally lead 80 -100 seminars each year for groups of 30 to 2,500 teachers. I was well paid and well managed. I was motivated by my commitment to excellence in language teaching. Pearson had a similar commitment and so I was happy to be a 'public face' for Pearson in more than 50 different countries. Pearson organised and funded my travel to spread the good word to teachers.
    From 2006, Pearson sympathetically supported me through a series of serious illnesses which reduced my ability to travel and adapted my work so that more was done through webinars and online websites. I instigated the creation of an EFL Community website for teachers to discuss aspects of methodology and later started a Professional Development website to support in-service teacher development. The joy of working with Pearson came from my contact with so many talented authors and editors who shared my commitment to the EFL teaching profession.
    Good teaching is not 'just a job', it is a mission. In the words of our ex-CEO, Marjorie Scardino, our role was "to do good, profitably."

    Cons

    In my last few months at Pearson, the commitment to excellence in education seemed to be becoming subsumed by the profit motive. Pearson wanted to acquire 'ownership' of their authors' creative work. Authors' royalty conditions were changed leading to a lot of dissatisfaction. There was also a switch from a belief in human-to-human teaching and learning towards computer-to-human learning. It is true that online learning is increasingly important but the human element cannot be eliminated. Computer software can be a great aid in language practice but computers cannot provide personalised instruction for learners or pastoral support in the learning process.
    I suspect that this change in educational policy is due to the influence of Pearson Tests of English who are promoting a change towards a simplistic 'check-box' approach to learning. This is sometimes described as a "mug and jug" approach in which the learner is an empty mug and the teacher or computer programme holds the jug of learning content and education involves filling the learners' mugs rather than motivating and tending the growth and development of the learners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customers, both teachers and learners need products which are effective and promote effective learning. At present, online materials provide valuable controlled practice of new language forms but cannot provide instruction in language forms or skills. If Pearson wishes to continue to be a leading supplier of educational materials, it should invest in research and development of computer-based instructional materials whilst recognising that language issued for human-to-human interaction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7. 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.

  8.  

    Great mission that is shared by majority of the employees

    Current Employee - Vice President of Product Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President of Product Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, freedom to be creative

    Cons

    in a state of transition with a lot of changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, and in general!

    Cons

    None that I care to list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great growth experience while providing online education

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment that allows people to grow and self direct their careers.

    Cons

    Too many silos with conflicting needs and disjointed planning processes. These lead to last minute dependency resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clarity of purpose and lines of communication. Ownership of business problems shouldn't be duplicated across multiple groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pearson San Antonio

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Totally decent employer, nice people, unbelievable benefits. This is a very energetic company that treats people well and promotes a healthy work environment.

    Cons

    A little bit disorganized and lots of constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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