Pearson Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Grading exams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Easy to obtain the job. Just a college education from an accredited school was required. No interview - just fill out an online form.

    Cons

    Very repetitive work. Graded the same test question every minute of every hour of every day. Also very structured environment - scheduled breaks, etc.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities and challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Publisher's Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Publisher's Representative in Oakland, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive management, some nice perks, chance to impact higher education

    Cons

    Salary isn't very competitive, job can be repetitive, lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary and responsibilities to be competitive in Bay Area

  3. Helpful (5)

    Materials Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Pearson (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good benefits

    Cons

    No advancement, management changes constantly, overworked, unpaid, and horrible bonus

    Advice to Management

    learn t say thank you once in while. Don't overlook the talent of the folks works under you. Stop being so concerned about yourself.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    flexible schedule
    stay at home
    pay is good

    Cons

    Management plan is not correct and it's not followed
    communication
    epen system is always down, doesn't work

  6. Helpful (5)

    Production of higher education textbooks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    terrific colleagues, beautiful new workplaces, fun projects to produce, new technology advances, print to media products

    Cons

    no training to move laterally or up the career ladder; poor morale due to constant restructuring of company; too much work and not enough employees to handle load

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring company to help improve morale. Figure out where you want the company to be in the next 5-10 years.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Lack of Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Talented colleagues who cared about their work.

    Cons

    Communication from bottom up and across teams ineffective. No career path to follow. Very limited support from HR.

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to those doing the work. Lots of ideas and suggestions from those in the lower ranks can help support stronger strategic direction. Not enough voice of the customer feedback. People felt they were working in a bubble.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Account General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good products in regards to content and authorship- I felt good knowing they would serve students and teachers well.

    Cons

    Though the products and curriculum are solid, the digital platforms are riddled with errors and glitches. Tech support and customer service often do not address customer needs, so customers return to sales people for support. My job should have been largely pre-sales, but often wasn't. I was bogged down in minutia due to poor support from the company.

    Sales territories constantly change. Just as I established relationships with my customers, I would be moved to a new area. This was incredibly frustrating for both my customers and me. Upper and mid-management had shared territory changes are the "norm" and there seemed to be no intent to stabilize the constant transitions moving forward.

    There has been and continues to be huge turnover. People leave. 80% of people have left. Those that stay behind are expected to cover territories that no longer have reps. There is no compensation for this additional work, and the workload is tremendous.

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving your account managers around. Let them stay in their territories for more than a year. Product development teams should ensure digital resources work before they are available for purchase. Tech support and customer service should strengthen their post sales support skills and stop pushing so much back onto the sales reps.

  9. Helpful (8)

    Run screaming.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NY

    I worked at Pearson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New Hoboken office has nice view.

    Cons

    Kiss-up envinorment. Lots of really stupid ideas put forth by clueless incompetent management staff that you MUST agree are brilliant or you're pegged as not being a team player. Reorgs & policy changes 3-4 times per year cause mass confusion.

    Advice to Management

    None. No amount of advice will save you because, although you need it desperately, you are functioning in a fantasyland and will never admit to your staggering levels of incompetence.

  10. Helpful (1)

    sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Good training programs for sales reps

    Cons

    Difficult and political leadership; not much support or guidance for young professionals

  11. Helpful (4)

    Management professional that has exceptional skills in relationship building, business development & productivity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Text & Image Project Manager/Permission Specialist in Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Text & Image Project Manager/Permission Specialist in Hackensack, NJ

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you like higher education book publishing.

    Cons

    They keep doing layoff every 6 months to make it look like they are earning a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lay off of good quality employees


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