Pearson Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
796 Reviews
3.2
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good overall place to work but it feels as though it is still seeking direction and is slow to take risks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The flexibility of working remotely is one of the best benefits I have working here. When a large corporation can sometimes feel like it is a small business culture-wise, that is always a plus.

    Great people to work with.

    It has a great benefits package.

    Cons

    It is an extremely large corporation, and as a consequence has a load of red-tape associated with it that can feel counterproductive and is a large obstacle that slows down progress.

    The culture feels like it is averse to taking risks.

    Overall, morale has been on a slow decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to empower your talent to find solutions and do not be afraid of failure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 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. 8 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
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  5. 8 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Long term employment not out of the question great health dental and eye benefits. Great location good people to work with. employee stock purchase plan lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Low wages, very top heavy with management. Lots of churn with contract labor force dominating labor force. Training is non existent, general bad attitudes from upper level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lot a very fun place to work. sourced from top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent place but a little abusive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice office, great location. flexible work situation.

    Cons

    teams can seem to be working as enemies, rather than all working together towards a common goal.
    I also think they are way overstaffed and as a result, things take longer than I think they should. Meetings are costly and time consuming with too many attendees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster an environment of collaboration and teamwork rather than adversarial and scapegoating of teams or individuals.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  11. 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

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