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Pearson Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
915 Reviews
3.1
915 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible, rewarding place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    Ability to work from home when needed
    Excellent benefits
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Too many people have been here for too long
    New ideas get old before they are considered
    Innovation is a four-letter word

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the dead wood
    Own the digital transition
    Encourage and reward innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work until the reorganization that was rolled out in 2014

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Not much lately. Best thing is they let you work remotely.

    Cons

    Three different designations of marketers leading to a constant cluster-you-know-what. Corporate culture shoved down your throat till you gag. Has become huge and impersonal and doesn't act or feel any longer like the company I started working for years ago. ZERO career development and opportunities to move around inside the company unless you are in sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, nice people, good work atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Best learning company - great mission

    Cons

    Slow growth sector, less potential to move up quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow in promoting people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company with a clear vision to improve educational outcomes for learners from childhood through old age worldwide

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Core Platforms in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Director, Core Platforms in Upper Saddle River, NJ

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Super intelligent people, committed to the vision, setting out goals on a global scale.

    Cons

    massive reorganization causes some confusion and wheel-spinning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give greater voice to mid-level management or run the risk of losing touch with the base and thus jeopardizing the mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of hardworking people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    On the job training only -- a true sink or swim mentality if that's what works for you. Committed and passionate people, however.

    Cons

    Pay is decent for the area, but the benefits dwindled while I was there (more than 10 years). Very clicky.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many educators and too many reorganizations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Mission is admirable and employees care about customers

    Cons

    Significant disconnect between upper management and employees. Too many ex-educators and not enough business management and technology experts results in running the business like a school district. Too many reorganizations and not enough real teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large organization with global reach and potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Mission and values are about improving lives; always learning.
    Global reach is phenomenal
    Access to authors, publications and resources like FT.com to employees
    Global reorganization efforts well intentioned

    Cons

    Chain of command is sometimes mystifying
    Can be very political vs. meritocracy
    Infrastructure investments are in progress, but lagging behind other global corporations
    Growth by acquisitions leads to complex reporting and systems; lack of visibility across enterprise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on human capital and infrastructure to transform
    simplify and scale back to core businesses that fit the strategy
    invest in technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great community, poor re-organization.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great community, interesting work, great benefits, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Poor succession plans, destructive re-organization that prompted good employees to leave, lost focus on people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster the good employees to help build stronger middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very talented people undergoing massive change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    People are world class
    Huge footprint of customers

    Cons

    Reorganization has placed great strain on employees and caused substantial turnover
    Taking a beating in the press

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose focus on your North American business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    An okay place to work if you can stand the chaos and short project schedules

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    The benefits are good if you are there long enough to be eligible. And that's about it.

    Cons

    Chaos and poor organization are a way of life at Pearson. Management does a major reorganization every couple of years and yet nothing much seems to change. They promise unicorns and rainbows with each re-org but the only change is work-groups moving around on an org chart and more process that is never fully explained and poorly implemented. We are currently moving towards a major change in product platform and delivery within the next 6 months yet there is no dedicated timeline or process map for what will occur. As an employee there is never a clear picture of what is coming or what your role will be going forward. You only know what you are expected to do now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's nice to know the global plans for Pearson but it would be better to know what is coming up on a smaller scale within product groups. Stop off-shoring for cheap labor in the long run the communication barriers and poor skill sets of off-shore workers do not save any money. Hire from within and provide clear career paths for current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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