Pearson Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Scorer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    The other scorers are super people. There is a catered lunch every day. I've enjoyed seeing such a broad variety of work.

    Cons

    The pay is poor, and there is no room for advancement. Lots of sitting. Employment is sporadic at best. I understand the need for there to be a secure environment, but Pearson is opaque in secrecy.

    Advice to Management

    If New York can pay fast food workers $15 an hour, can't Pearson pay its highly educated work force a bit more?


  2. Decent Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Center Administrator
    Current Employee - Test Center Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, quiet atmosphere, casual dress and good benefits offered for part-time employees.

    Cons

    Boring job, lots of down-time, some of the security measures are not necessary, and hours can get short during certain parts of the year.


  3. pros and cons

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    good benefits - excellent medical and lots of flexibility

    Cons

    Lower salaries for Boston area


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  5. Regional Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well-known company in the industry

    Cons

    Constant changing and reorganization causes low-moral among employees

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a focus and stick with it.


  6. Senior Research Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    collaborative within psychometric team, flexible, innovative

    Cons

    silo'd, disconnect between program management and service providers internally


  7. Excellent Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, inclusive, and pretty transparent management for such a large company. The benefits are amazing, flexible work hours for employees, and management are (in my experience and in general) easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    The company lags behind the top technology companies in product innovation, and you have to move for most promotional opportunities in the sales force (although that's true for most outside sales forces).


  8. Helpful (2)

    Pearson

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is very good with the company. People are over all friendly and approachable. The benefits are pretty good compare to others.

    Cons

    Due to the publishing culture, the company/team is moving at snail speed. It is very hard to identify the task ownership among teams. There is definitely knowledge gaps.There has been a lot of turn over, that may be the contribution to this.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge individuals who actually contribute to the success of a project/team. Many hard working and knowledge people are overlooked and as a result feels under appreciated.


  9. Helpful (23)

    More cuts are coming and this ONCE, good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits. That's the common thing you'll hear about Pearson. Health Insurance (although rising every year) and time off (although assumed you'll work during your time off). Co workers are good people, who generally work hard and do what they can with the limited resources provided.

    Cons

    Reorgs, layoffs, and more reorgs. 270 people were laid off on Thursday. I'm guessing more layoffs are coming since they've lost $544 million total in contracts (TX, NY, and FL) for the next 5 years or so. That's an enormously deep hole to climb out of. If you tally up average salaries and benefits of those who were recently cut and multiply that by 5-6 years, it barely makes a dent in those lost contract amounts. Fundamentally, Pearson has an image and a brand problem and it's going to be difficult to recover from that. There are so many layers of ineffective middle management, it's actually amazing there's not more communication lost in translation as it trickles down. Transparency and communication are awful. There are so many groups working independently from one another and clamoring for work, it's crazy. They can barely keep and acquire talent which makes sense since the Pearson brand is very tarnished right now. In a meeting with the president of school and north american groups, we were told that Pearson needs to focus on the following groups going forward: 1. Shareholders. That was the first group. Let that sink in. 2. Customers. 3. Employees. Pearson loves to send out rosy images and stories about improving learning outcomes, but if shareholders are the first group the company is looking at pleasing and this is coming from the top, it's difficult to believe that mission. At the top of the company lies old, out of touch and entrenched people who operate the company with old corporate methodologies. The only change happening is at the bottom of the corporate ladder. Yes this is typical corporate America, however Pearson's company rally is to be "Brave, Imaginative and Decent". It seems in most groups, if you attempt to portray any of these qualities, it's looked down upon. Business as usual. Middle managers run around and micromanage their employees all day attempting to prove their worth in the company. Over the last couple of years, they've made so many cuts, I don't see how they can cut any more - well unless the cut the true fat of middle management. This last year was the worst in terms of cuts and freezes. Travel freezes, expense freezes, no company paid lunches or activities. You used to have to get an approval from the VP to even overnight a package. Annual raises are pitiful. In 2015 most folks received less that 2%. 1.8% or 1.9% raises are very typical with hardly any sort of bonus unless you're at the top. At less than 2% in annual raises, you're effectively making less that you were the year before. With annual, inevitable healthcare increases (see benefits above), it drops your annual salary even lower. If you're currently employed here, have a back up plan.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for you to be Brave, Imaginative and Decent. Stop being reactionary. There's no forethought. Those contracts that were lost were not the fault of anyone laid off. It's Pearson's perception in the public sphere and those responsible for winning new business and maintaining existing contracts are what's responsible. Yet, management will always have jobs and nice bonuses. Reduce staff, cut technology and all other expenses to the bone, make the numbers look good for a couple years. What's long term about that? What's benefiting shareholders there? How's that improving learner outcomes?


  10. scorer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work at home and my own hours,work when i wanted to ,did not have to set hours

    Cons

    short term contract with no notice of future contracts


  11. Transforming

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This has been a good company to work for, where you could get opportunities. It is transforming now into more of a cohesive company, with a focus on the learner. You can tell that the transformation is working, as more and more there are services and groups to tap into to move things forward, or get training to advance your skillset.

    Cons

    This company is transforming, expect a bit of a rocky experience for a while.



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