Scholastic Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson
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Pros
  • Great understanding of work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • The location in SOHO is amazing (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked (in 21 reviews)

  • Senior Management consistently degraded me and others (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Senior Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    -Small department where you can learn an immense amount of knowledge.
    -Amazing maternity leave

    Cons

    -They do not invest in their employees
    -They do not invest in technology and moving forward
    -They won't spend money to hire senior people. Instead, they hire young people without managerial experience which results in micromanaging, no mentoring, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Please revamp your top posts. Those in the position are out of touch with parents today. Invest in your employees' development and in technology.


  2. Implementation Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company provides quality products and programs for children and teachers.

    Cons

    Not often a clear path to moving up in job positions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    New York office

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people day to day. Good location.

    Cons

    Questionable management decisions and reshuffling.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Financial analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The work you learn is very interesting. It's cool to find out how a book publisher pays out writers. They have a nice cafeteria and have a nice Christmas party

    Cons

    The management was bad, they weren't understanding and always expect you to be at work (even if it's a snow storm). The worst part was that you do have the capability to work from home but they just want to see you there. Very unproductive. They have a good database (essbase) but are very anti advance excel formulas. They are still using cell 1+ cell 2, instead of a sum

    Advice to Management

    Have better management skills, allow people to grow and create opportunities for growth


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a place to be if you want career progress

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    It's a laid back environment, and coworkers are friendly/casual. Hours are flexible as long as the work gets done.

    Cons

    The actual work is tedious on a low level, and I have asked multiple times for more challenging tasks/a raise (the pay is also pitiful- though in keeping with the industry - after four years) and have been rebuffed every time. I have been told multiple times that the resources are not available to train people properly, promote, or give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to cultivate decent employees - it isn't reasonable to expect the lowest level employees to be happy for years doing the same thing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Web Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice people. Nice to work for kids product.

    Cons

    Senior management plays unfair games.


  8. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a wonderful place to work. Fun, energetic and exciting.

    Cons

    It was a little short. I would have like to spend more time there. It was only 6 weeks long. 8 would have better.

    Advice to Management

    More intern meetings and perhaps mentorship program


  9. Helpful (3)

    Anonymous -- not a management position

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are generally very nice and do not seem to have that "hardened" NYC mentality.

    Cons

    The company/culture is a little sleepy. Upper management is not strong -- they don't know (or care) what needs to be done to make their business successful.

    Advice to Management

    Show your team/staff/employees that you value their contributions.


  10. Pretty Interesting Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented staff, great work resources, good design support network, exercise and medical facilities, huge office building, great location in the city, nice cafeteria and coffee shop inside.

    Cons

    Large corporate-style environment, occasionally aimless meetings, slow and complex-to-navigate contracts and payments department, arbitrary or confusing electronic file archival/retrieval storage systems.


  11. Great experience

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

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great location in Soho, NY. Great people. Great rooftop area for lunch outdoors.

    Cons

    Some people have been there for too long. Salaries a little low.



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