Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
777 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media (in 60 reviews)

  • Almost all of my colleagues with families work from home twice a week (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 32 reviews)

  • IT development teams and operations tend to work long hours (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It has a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Company constantly reorganizes and seems to be confusion

  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great to hate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    mission to help people advance in their life through learning

    Cons

    Transformation is a disaster. Too slow, too vague, too many chiefs and not enough team work. New structure is not flatter and more agile...it is more layers and red tape to get anything done. No concern with Pearson employees anymore. Just concern for the customer (i.e. the revenue).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people who work at Pearson... only then will the bottom-line begin to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good overall place to work but it feels as though it is still seeking direction and is slow to take risks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The flexibility of working remotely is one of the best benefits I have working here. When a large corporation can sometimes feel like it is a small business culture-wise, that is always a plus.

    Great people to work with.

    It has a great benefits package.

    Cons

    It is an extremely large corporation, and as a consequence has a load of red-tape associated with it that can feel counterproductive and is a large obstacle that slows down progress.

    The culture feels like it is averse to taking risks.

    Overall, morale has been on a slow decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to empower your talent to find solutions and do not be afraid of failure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is how great companies die

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Upper Saddle River, NJ

    Pros

    The company is still loaded with experienced and talented employees who flourished under the former CEO (Scardino), even if their numbers are dwindling. And the constant layoffs have had a positive impact in that there are now swarms of ex-Pearsonites working at other companies, consulting, and starting up their own companies.

    Cons

    Let's not kid ourselves--the Pearson play is about standardized testing at the global level, and that includes in Higher Ed as well as K-12/Schools. They also want to become the school itself in many parts of the world. So they are riding the wave of privatization, and following the money. But can they survive the negative press they increasingly generate? And their own incompetence?
    If you really want to work at a company like Pearson, consider McGraw Hill Education or Cengage Learning or Wiley while Pearson works out the kinks (or continues on in what may be a death spiral). Or head for one of the newer companies--2U, Laureate, Blackboard, etc. If you're young and hungry and can crash on your parents' couch, throw your lot in with an Edtech startup--you'll learn tons and should be able to parlay the experience into a bigger job quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How much time do you have? The company is trying to reorg at the same time it's transitioning both to digital AND to services/solutions, all while trying to wean itself from huge dependencies on the US operation so it can go global (ie., ex-US)--this is impossible. MBAs have the ear of the CEO, and it shows--the company is bloated, risk-averse, lethargic and prone to drinking its own Kool-Aid. The platforms are dated and cumbersome (when they work--keep an eye on the press this month and next as schools start their terms to see the reaction when the platforms fail bigger this Fall). They fancy themselves a platform company, but there aren't more than a handful of senior executives who 'get' digital/online. Cronyism is rampant.

    It's a hot mess.

    Time to bring in a professional manager as CEO to get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    A Once Great Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Lots of opporopportunity if you're fresh out of college. Non-management workers have a "We're in this together" attitude and really care about one another. Telecommuting OK. Leave matches industry standards.

    Cons

    Raises never match inflation, so true earning power decreases over time. Older, more senior employees are not given opportunity to move to another area and are usually the first ones out the door. Alleged reorganization is only adding layers of management, redundancy, and confusion. Legacy system replacements are many times more expensive than system being replaced and never work correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at other companies that have already tried what you're attempting and learn from them. Be open to the fact that what you're attempting might be a mistake and be willing to adapt. Hint: Adding layers of management never helps streamline business or improve efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Joinor stay at your own risk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ

    Pros

    Company is transforming at a break neck pace... jury is out if there are any pros in the new world order.

    Cons

    No one is safe due to complete transformation of the business. Morale has reached historic lows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Legacy business experience is no longer valued. Employees have no loyalty and everyone is looking to get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Actions speak louder than words

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    Pros

    Working with immediate people on challenging projects. Everyone works hard and heart is in it.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about or know what employees do. Completely focused on budgets over people. No leadership in terms of new ideas or products. All about cost cutting, outsourcing, short-term financials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ideas and people matter. Listen to employees. Live the values espoused by management in London. Develop and retain talent instead of burning people out and rotating in and out temporary employees and relying on outside vendors. Create great products. The money will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pearson is a big global company that is struggling to change from a print company to a digital company

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    Good benefits; Good salary. Very smart and talented co-workers. Usually we have access to the latest technology. Excellent WFH opportunities.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not awesome; Senior leadership is not good at mentoring. Politics and empire building are much more prevalent as US managers are replaced with UK heads. Advancement opportunities for US employees have ground to a halt as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in regional talent and quit trying to get payback for 1776.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    A Once Great Publisher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Very knowledgeable and personable. Immediate manager cares about employees. Suburban location fantastic, with free parking. Summer hours available, as well as flex start hours.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up. Constantly reorganizing. Major shift of work to outside companies. New CEO emphasizes shareholder importance, giving lip service to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that labor is another form of capital. Without the employees, there wouldn’t be a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters isn't gold.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pearson is a forerunner in the education industry and that can be exciting, particularly from a digital standpoint. They also offer comprehensive competitive benefits and are open to flexible work hours as well as telecommuting (although there is no reimbursement for internet or phone). Employee wellness is encouraged with on-site programs like Weight Watchers.

    Cons

    Pearson refuses to pay people their worth and seems to have adopted a "be thankful you have a job" philosophy. Reorganizations have been occurring annually for at least the last 5 years, with sometimes more than one in a year. For a company who's mission is "Brave, Imaginative, and Decent", they have been anything but that in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the people who are actually doing the work and producing. Let them know they are appreciated and integral to the company, as the morale in some offices is abysmal. Spend money to train people properly when new ways of working are introduced. Be "Brave, Imaginative and Decent" towards your employees and it will come back to you threefold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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