Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
866 Reviews
3.2
866 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. 7 people found this helpful  

    VP Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people who work there are good people, skilled and care.
    The mission of educating millions is very noble.

    Cons

    Politics & bureaucracy. Difficult to get things done. Shifting strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For your company transformation, you have the right "what" (consolidation of some of the similar/redundant products and services). It's the "who" that you've selected to execute and the "how" you're going about it that doesn't resonate well with employees (past or present). You're losing your best talent quickly and more importantly, don't seem to care as there are no signs to try and stop it. But maybe that's ok and is part of your master plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for! Low key and kind of aging environment. Large operations.

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Job Security
    - knowledgable employees
    - Promotes from within the company

    Cons

    - Not a lot of communication
    - Quiet
    - Older

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    The inmates are running the asylum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    It was a happy place with a lot of family camaraderie, 5 years ago.

    Cons

    They've lost their minds. Contrary to what they think the world is saying everyone is not happier working in big bull pens with their neighbor being 3 inches of elbow room away. The east cost offices people have no privacy at all, west coast is about to become that as well. There is NO room for advancement, unless you just show up to work and claim someone else's job or they make you take over the job because that person left. 3 year re-org only resulted in frustration and confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back. Think about what you are doing. If keeping employees is a big deal, try to keep the few you have that are great. I've watched more talent leave in 3 years that I saw exist at other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    They outsource continually

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Upper Saddle River, NJ

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

    Pros

    They are a publishing company but yet still do not have finical issues

    Cons

    Always moving locations and outsorcing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people and the work is exciting. The culture is friendly and creative.

    Cons

    Management change was not smooth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Pearson was a great place to work but that has changed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Pearson has a great mission - to help people make progress in their lives through learning.

    Cons

    A recent restructure has led to more hierarchy and the culture is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pearson leaders have surrounded themselves with people who are telling them what they want to hear, therefore not seeing how unhealthy the culture has become

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

    A Company with a Great Mission but poor Internal Engagement

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great co-workers, a diverse work place, family friendly and very passionate people who love what they do and who we do it for.

    Cons

    Salaries, lack of raises, lack of engagement of employees during reorg, lack of opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees in the loop, and if there is a lull in information, find other ways to stay connected to your teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huge opportunity to improve educational offerings exists here, some employees care, some don't.

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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

    work/life balance is good, company says the right things about education

    Cons

    many employees entrenched in paper publishing, rate of change to digital is too slow overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire techies, now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company/poor decisions

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Although we parted ways, Pearson is still a great company to work for. Decent pay, good benefits, good people (for the most part) and good advancement opportunities (when you time it right) are just some of the examples.

    Cons

    Poor decisions, terrible HR representation, Supervisors, Managers and Directors who skated by and broke the rules without consequences and on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My message: fight for the right employees and quit closing your eyes to the people who don't do their job. Success is all about the right employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Good Mission run amok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Very talented and committed individuals at all levels. Good work life balance. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Jock culture. Leadership positions are given to mostly white males of a similar religion as long as they golf or the like. Politics still trumps performance despite lip service. Overloaded on marleting from all sides. Silo building rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some diverse men and women from different ethnicities and religions and promote them to leadership, look at the body of their work, not how much they go out drinking or playing golf with good old boys.

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