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Scholastic Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
219 Reviews
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Pros
  • The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance (in 34 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 21 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    company was very flexible with my work schedule. I was able to work from home.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a consultant and was paid by an hourly rate.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there were cutbacks and my services were no longer needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Scholastic is a fantastic company in terms of offering great benefits; a friendly, collaborative environment; and a corporate goal that's truly dedicated to promoting literacy, the arts, and a love of children's books. The Soho location is a beautiful facility, complete with a terrace with Adirondack chairs, a "greenhouse" cafeteria, a health and wellness center, and a small gym. The HR division is always eager to help as well. Despite the struggles book publishing is currently facing, the company tries to avoid layoffs by encouraging generous early retirement packages. As the only book publishing company with top female executives, Scholastic is also great when it comes to work/life balance.

    Cons

    The "family business" mentality sometimes runs against the reality that this is a large international corporation. This results in complicated processes that don't always make sense. The smallest efforts to streamline work processes takes a long time to put into effect. And, most problematically, the dedication to employee retention also results in difficulties in advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Desktop Support Analyst

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Scholastic is an ideal place to work, mainly because of the area. But also, Great people to work with. Great work environment.

    Cons

    i have no qualms about this work place as of yet. for the most part, middle management needs to do their job and communicate effectively with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Penny wise and pound foolish

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Low salaries, top-heavy, constant cost-cutting while the upper echelon gets carte blanche to spend and spend. The company once provided coffee on each floor, then it went to two floors only, now it's only on one floor from 8-11 am. It's the little things the chip away at morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those who don't pull their weight and reward those who do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    High hopes for a great company, seriously disappointed

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - You can be a part of a company that gets inexpensive books into the hands of children, which will make you feel good at the end of the day. And that will keep you going when it gets tough.
    - The majority of employees are incredibly sweet, helpful, and welcoming.
    - Pay is decent for the industry

    Cons

    - Horribly managed. A public company, still led by the founder's son, who must approve every single hire. Ludicrous for a public company with thousands of employees. This obviously makes the hiring process tedious and barely worth it. They will offer you a temporary "temp" position to get you started quickly, promising you'll be permanent within 3 months. Multiply that by at least 4 and you have your real time line.
    - This company keeps so many employees at "temp" status just to avoid paying benefits for them. Its disgusting what they will do to loyal and reliable employees who have been temps for years and don't get rewarded for their service.
    - This company is living in the 80s and refuses to make any technological changes to keep up with the changing atmosphere in publishing, which can be incredibly frustrating.
    - Upper management is totally out of touch with the business and its needs, and will spend ridiculous amounts of money on first class flights, 5 star hotels, and massive re-prints, and then turn around and have a round of layoffs. This is not a lead-by-example company.
    - The bottom line is that everyone is overworked and incredibly under appreciated. Avoid this company if you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering opportunities for personal growth. Consider converting more temporary employees into permanent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Editorial Director

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated staff
    Flexible, creative environment

    Cons

    Constant organizational chaos
    Dysfunctional departments
    Many at upper management rule by yelling
    Cumbersome process for publishing
    lack of innovation and change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very top needs more strong leadership; layer just below needs more collaborative atmosphere and less fear.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    In need of a MAJOR overhaul

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience

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    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
  10.  

    I worked as an editor.

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Department in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (less than a 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

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