Pearson Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
783 Reviews

3.3
783 Reviews
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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  

    Goal oriented but not valuing employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good amongst competition

    Cons

    Personal growth and employee motivation is not given proper consideration

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Saw Better Times before the Re-org

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Interesting field of education, good benefits

    Cons

    Management too absorbed in their own position, and not enough focus on keeping good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finish up the re-org and invest in your people

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

    Good company to work

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    Former Employee - Technology  in  Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Technology in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Life and work balanced
    - New technologies

    Cons

    Recent Re organisation had made lot of confusion in. no clear road map.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and get confidence from employees

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Account General Manager  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account General Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. Great people and products.

    Cons

    Market is changing and resulting reorg can be tough. The future is bright!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path we've set. Have patience. The strategy is sound but needs time.

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

    Sales Rep (Higher Ed)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Control over your own schedule, supportive mgmt team, great mission for the marketplace.

    Cons

    Technology not quite as good as it could be, after hours culture is a little crazy. Employees are often expected to work evenings and early mornings before standard work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a pretty good job, now it's just sad.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Not much. Decent, quiet office setting. The pay isn't terrible.

    Cons

    Huge publishing company trying to become an Internet/Web company. And it is just painful.
    Attempting to bring ,any separate companies under one umbrella with a new crew of executives that are simply not up to the task.
    Frightening amount of micromanagement from managers that cannot grasp the technology, yet are expected to. Great deal of FUD in the upper echelons of management.
    One side of the house is trying to bring back 1993, in terms of operations; another wants to be the next Facebook. Creates a nearly schizophrenic atmosphere.
    Unstable environment is, predictably, driving out all the talent as they go elsewhere to find fulfillment; with the remaining workers either under-skilled or overwhelmed.
    Still a lot of good people that are trying hard, but even the most optimistic feel it is largely in vain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop. You're doing it wrong. Making every ego driven cliche mistake in the book.

    Figure out what you want to do; take some time to actually learn the technology and the cultures you are "integrating", versus providing no value and just irritating everyone in the name of feeding your egos.

    This was a pretty great job, working with much better than average teams doing some real cutting edge stuff. Now it is just a bad Monty Python skit come to life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Know when to walk away, Know when to run

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits including severance
    Intelligent, passionate, inspired co-workers
    Working with educators and students toward a common goal

    Cons

    King Henry VIII once asked a French princess to be his next Queen and she laughed, saying, "I'm too fond of my neck." If you are too fond of your neck, don't join Pearson. Sadly, it is not the company it once was, and industry outlook is grim for at least the next 5 years. Rather than have public lay-offs like Cengage, Pearson's very British tactic to deal with industry contraction is to quietly place those experienced high performing Representatives who remain on PIPs (Performance Improvement Plans). This amounts to blatant age discrimination, but as HR will tell you Pearson has deep pockets. Representatives with long storied careers of high performance, including those who had even been given a watch at an awards ceremony just a few years ago have been let go. It is very telling when one knows of at least 5 Reps who were at Leadership Council last year who have either gone to a competitor or left the industry entirely. Don't be fooled when they tell you you'll get summers off. That hasn't been the case in years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever happened to Scardino's "brave, decent and imaginative"? There is nothing brave, decent or imaginative about putting once loyal, high performing Reps on PIPs, who have been victims of their own success and industry contraction. When will LTSs, DMs, and RMs, etc. be held accountable for performances not what we have been accustomed to, but which are the new normal? Who entrusts someone who failed miserably at 360 as the NSM and expects anything better than the good 'ol boy (this is 2014, not 1880), micromanagement culture of fear that exists today? Is the only tool in your tool box you've got to face this industry contraction excel spreadsheets? Really?! Apparently, numbers are really bad if all we talk about at Sales Meetings is health & wellness instead of the Powerpoints of Bill Barke's time when Pearson was out-performing industry standards. Invest in tech support. Don't delude yourself into thinking that your technology is so good it doesn't need it. Professors and students alike would laugh. The only reason Pearson has done as well as it has, has been because of the same dedicated, customer service oriented reps you let go. Good luck with reaping what you've sown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Once Great Publisher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters isn't gold.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company. Very caring of their employees even during challenging transition times. New CIO and clear vision.

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    Current Employee - Director of IT  in  Old Tappan, NJ
    Current Employee - Director of IT in Old Tappan, NJ

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

    Pros

    They really care about their employees. Challenged with how to address the need to revolutionize the industry and doing a great job attempting to add value to the company and people's lives.

    Cons

    No different than other companies faced with change. Those in the company that feel entitled get bitter during times of change. Those able to understand the company position embrace the change and try to help company success even when it impacts them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide openness and clarity as you have this past year. Understand that not everyone will be happy during times of change. Focus on what is right for the consumers of educational products and we will work together to become a better provider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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