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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
874 Reviews
3.2
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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. 15 people found this helpful  

    Pearson is a company in search of a new product model.

    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ

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

    Pros

    If they can figure out how to make a digital product work versus the old print product then they are geared to take a large market share. "IF" is the key word here.

    Cons

    Pearson lists their core values as "brave, imaginative and decent." In their search over the past couple of years to find a new product model they fired too many brave and imaginative people to call themselves decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to consider a new CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    Online Learning Software Development and Hosting Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good smart people. Good products being developed. For the most part the employees care about the customer.

    Cons

    Recent reorgs have caused serious angst, dysfunction at the lower levels. Large political battles being fought at the higher levels. Worried the end result may be worsening customer experience and a significant reduction in product quality. Used to feel like a start-up/small shop mentality - now has turned into huge, bureaucratic organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending mixed signals. Stop with the passive aggressive behavior. Get back to a customer focused approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    Going through some growing (or shrinking) pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic life/work flexibility, not micro-managed, ability and freedom to create my own programs. Very happy with my specific group.

    Cons

    Ever since Fallon took over, it has started to feel like we're a bunch of used car salesmen. There's so much talk of efficacy, but the reality feels like it's more about lining the pockets of senior management, being in bed with the government and gaining power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the positive vibe Marjorie Scardino pumped into all of us. We'd be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    Company is so big, your positive or negative experience depends on where you work

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good core mission, flexible work-from-home

    Cons

    K12 division is a swirling mess due to constant reorgs. The most recent re-orgs (during last 18 months) have been top-down-driven with little consideration for how business works operationally at mid- and lower-levels. Revenue has suffered, talented people have left in droves. Since many product lines have lost (or laid off) people, the phrase "not my job..." is heard regularly as nobody is left who has historic knowledge of products, processes, or past promises made to customers. Way more time is spent fighting internally in the new matrixed organization than is spent solving problems for customers or developing new products.

    Due to the "flattening" of the organization, executives at the VP and above level have been demoted a rank (VPs were made Directors, SVPs were made VPs) which is also leading to an exodus of leadership. Pearson used to be a place where I was proud to work. No more. I am looking outside for possibilities at smaller companies where the organization does not eat its own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "One Pearson" is a nice motto theoretically, but may not work operationally because aircraft carriers are hard to turn. John Fallon, your good intentions are getting lost in the botched handling of the most recent reorganizations. Get real and listen to the folks in the trenches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    laid back, no pressure or accountability. Retired life style.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Pearson as it has no set hours and no managerial oversight. Everyone gets the same raise 3% every year and bonus irrespective of effort. A good place to hide and relax especially as I am getting closer to retiring.

    Cons

    There are no promotions and no leadership. Work is very boring. IT team does not support the business. IT thinks they run the company. There is no accountability. The CEO wants to be the next facebook but has never even used a tablet. Company is run by old-timers with outdated skills. This is your grandfather's company. In decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen and follow-up. Seek advise from others. Read your own emails and announcements. When in doubt, ask your spouse to read your announcement to see if he/she can understand. Too much double talk that employees can not follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Okay but Crazy Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    People at your own level are great to work with, the cubicles were very spacious, etc.

    Cons

    Management can be really insensitive and not set an example themselves.

    HR doesn't do anything to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set an example if you expect something of employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pleasers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good work

    Cons

    Management, leadership and any authority are way too disconnected. People pleasers will like it here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not invincible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place, good culture not too much stress in work. People are friendly and very helpful. Interned there for a year.

    Cons

    No happy hour, no team lunch and minimum wage compared to industry standard for a software developer. No free food nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the minimum wage for interns and give them good perks

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, people, not much else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Benefits package is decent. The people I worked with were generally good and wanted to do a good job.

    Good place to start a career, as it gives you a clear idea of what corporate America is like while you also build your resume to get your next job.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued by the people at the executive level.

    There's next to no clear communication to the employees "in the trenches." Every townhall meeting ends with employees wondering when the next round of layoffs will take place.

    Endless reorganizations with no clear purpose.

    The company, at least on the editorial, production, and design sides, relies heavily on contract positions. Employees who are on contracts never feel secure, so they are less inclined to devote themselves to the project and company. Furthermore, there's almost never any clear communication to the contract employees about when the contract ends or if there's a renewal in progress. There's a stated 2-year maximum for contracts, but then employees are sometimes axed before the stated duration of their contract or they are sometimes allowed to stay beyond 2 years. It's all very confusing.

    Increasing reliance on vendors for editorial and design work, which every editor and designer knows is a huge mistake. But the people making these decisions couldn't care less about quality, they just want an end product for salespeople to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with majority of contracts. Spend the money on qualified staff to produce a great product.

    Communicate more clearly to employees. No more corporate-speak babble in townhalls. Be realistic and clear about the future of employment so that employees can start looking for work. It's OK to be pointed and clear; employees are adults and can handle it.

    Rely less on vendors. Some do good work, but many do not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Used to be much better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Management is supportive and understanding. Under the former CEO company values and mission were at the core of everything the company did. Things have taken a massive down turn since the CEO left. Leadership lost a lot of knowledgeable people to competitors. Had massive layoffs. Leadership and management did not evaluate talent or attempt to keep the most talented staff, rather they just did away with jobs and lost great employees.

    Cons

    Changes are not filtered to employees. Resources have been taken away and not replaced. Has become hard to do that day-to-day operations of the job or even small tasks. Most people are unhappy with the current environment and it shows. People are being spread too thin. Decisions are based on saving money in the short term not long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is necessary during change.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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