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Scholastic Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
204 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Great office location in SoHo NYC (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • HR is untrusting as there seems to be personal relationships built with upper management (in 20 reviews)

  • The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There were lots of complaints about management when I was there, but I honestly thought the management was fairly strong-- decent guidance without micromanaging, yearly performance reviews, etc. The opportunity to work on fun kid's content is a bonus. It's corporate, but there is room for creativity.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities and strategies made it challenging-- although I wouldn't say it was any worse than most organizations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    In need of a MAJOR overhaul

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    The work/ life balance is great. I've never thought that I was chained to my desk or some project was so important that I couldn't leave at a reasonable hour. The culture is alright. While there aren't any programs where employees really get to interact inter-departmentally, there are some great people here.

    The gym and health center in the basement are also nice perks that most companies don't retain these days.

    Cons

    The upper management and some of the middle management is pretty awful. They are ushering the company in to the digital age when most of them have no concept of how to even use digital advancements much less successfully move an entire company in to a digital marketplace. The amount of money that they spend on creating new programs and systems that end up being scrapped completely is absurd. Millions and millions of dollars over the years, down the drain.

    The work force isn't properly utilized. They attract young, smart individuals to work here and then limit their potential causing most to leave for opportunities where they are allowed to be more creative and use their intelligence to advance their career. I've heard many times over the years that the only way you get more money and a better title out of Scholastic is to leave and then come back. You aren't going to find it in the yearly 2% "merit" increases. Scholastic is definitely a place for people who like to settle and have little interest in moving up or earning more money (unless you happen to be the only one left that they can promote).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the top of the pile. Scholastic will become an irrelevant force in the publishing world if you continue to think that dinosaurs of the company can manage a digital reality and lead us in to whatever the new publishing landscape holds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked as an editor.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the focus on reading and creating high quality materials for students and teachers. Most people were dedicated and passionate about their work. The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The leadership was inconsistent, and it was difficult to collaborate across departments. The tech side was especially difficult to work with--very hard to get anything off the ground with a tech component.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quiet, generally calm working environment. Little room for professional growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office environment is generally a very friendly and calm environment. It feels like a good place for introverts because of how quiet the office floors are. The work-life balance isn't bad either -- many of the bosses seem to leave the office in the afternoon and before 6 pm. Lower workers however, typically stay until 6 pm. At least at first, it feels inspiring to be in the office that is home to beloved characters like Clifford (he's everywhere here) and Harry Potter. Sometimes, you feel like you're making a difference to the younger generation via literary and education.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement or professional growth, unless you get lucky. Mid-tier workers don't seem particularly excited or inspired about their job and future prospects. Management seems to be very disconnected to everything else and has a tight hold on decisions. There is a lack of company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be wise to build a stronger connection between management and the other workers. There isn't much company morale or a vibrant company culture. Many of the upper workers are aging and very comfortable in their positions, and there is little room for development for the people below them.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for if books are your passion, with an excellent work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good hours
    Nice coworkers
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Average pay
    No clear career path
    Work isn't challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology needs to be managed better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good for jump starting your career.
    There is a roof top restaurant in the building where you can get food for much less compared to the neighborhood prices.
    It is always nice to have a shower at the office.

    Cons

    Retention policy is lacking. Talented technology people often don't stick around for long here. Training is limited, you will have to learn a lot on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee retention. Consolidate management of data under one roof.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Work Life Fit, but Terrible Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    35 hour work week
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Company does not have a handle on digital
    There is a lot of fighting among departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunity for career growth and competitive salaries to keep skilled people at the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    High quality product, a lot of smart, dedicated people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great location, great work-life balance, high quality products, some really smart people

    Cons

    Digital is very fragmented across the company. No real heavy hitters in this area. The digital work is uneven. Some is very good, some of it is terribly designed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up by getting some real digital visionaries and then make your division leaders actually listen to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive experience with a few minor frustrations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Overall, a very engaging and accommodating work environment highlighted by many fun, intelligent employees and the sense of purpose in supporting child literacy. Benefits and perks are both good as well.

    Cons

    Occasionally deal with corporate politics that can interfere with workflow. Compensation falls on the lower end of the industry median.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often times find upper management to be out of touch with the status of the different business groups. For certain projects, the corporate messaging and direction felt misaligned and disjointed, and ultimately the criticism trickles down to those doing the day-to-day leg work which isn't always appropriate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good books with fun work environment. Good people as well. Fun office space.

    Cons

    You will work hard and lots of hours but you will also learn a TON, which is awesome. Lots of trial by fire!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate divisions better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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