Pearson Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
830 Reviews
3.2
830 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 37 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Joinor stay at your own risk

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is transforming at a break neck pace... jury is out if there are any pros in the new world order.

    Cons

    No one is safe due to complete transformation of the business. Morale has reached historic lows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Legacy business experience is no longer valued. Employees have no loyalty and everyone is looking to get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    It has a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Company constantly reorganizes and seems to be confusion

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Actions speak louder than words

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Working with immediate people on challenging projects. Everyone works hard and heart is in it.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about or know what employees do. Completely focused on budgets over people. No leadership in terms of new ideas or products. All about cost cutting, outsourcing, short-term financials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ideas and people matter. Listen to employees. Live the values espoused by management in London. Develop and retain talent instead of burning people out and rotating in and out temporary employees and relying on outside vendors. Create great products. The money will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pearson is a big global company that is struggling to change from a print company to a digital company

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    Current Employee - Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits; Good salary. Very smart and talented co-workers. Usually we have access to the latest technology. Excellent WFH opportunities.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not awesome; Senior leadership is not good at mentoring. Politics and empire building are much more prevalent as US managers are replaced with UK heads. Advancement opportunities for US employees have ground to a halt as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in regional talent and quit trying to get payback for 1776.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters isn't gold.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (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
  7. 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    its easy to move around but if you dont move around you will get bored with the repetitiveness

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance your skills in different areas to further you career.

    Cons

    pay rate sucks, and they should give you a raise when that train u in new fields especially the ones that handle big accounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when pay raises come they should offer more to keep the employee happy at doing their job because we will eventually start looking elsewhere because we feel under-appreciated with all the different task and skills we do and get trained on.

    Recommends
  9. 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 (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
  10. 6 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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (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

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