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Scholastic Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
231 Reviews
3.0
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Invest in Scholastic and they Invest in You

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    Current Employee - Manager in Jefferson City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Jefferson City, MO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides investment into your development and has many opportunities for upward mobility.
    Diverse work group with many out of the box thinkers.
    Family friendly employer and is very involved in local community.

    Cons

    Many different applications that are often tweaked to work together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Family oriented and focused.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Friendly co workers, room to grow in the company.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technology Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    IT Management is open minded and very knowledgable technically as well as the systems.

    Cons

    Company is very large having many departments so difficult to grasp needs of the many. And so must focus only within your immediate department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work but talkto the workers in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    James Holt

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Business Development in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Business Development in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Great organization very family focused. Excellent Benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Top heavy Management. Sometimes no upper level support.,many focus on on what you did wrong with out a solution and very little praise on what you did right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage people the way you would liked to be managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Employee focused, professional, fun contests and perks, great products and training. Most are long term employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL

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

    Pros

    Although its a call center environment, it is spacious, professional and they have great marketing tools and technology at your finger tips which makes your job so much easier. They promote heavily from within and have great award ceremonies, awesome sales contests with great prizes like ipads, grills, trips etc.they also order lunches in for the employees alot! ,and most of the sales reps are great people to know and work with.

    Cons

    It's a very structured environment which can be difficult for some people. About 10% of the sales reps are always complaining about everything which can bring others down. Yet they are the first to hop in line for the free lunches, take the turkey and gifts home at the holidays, and take the many prizes. It does get annoying. And most of them (like the few that wrote negative reviews on this site) have been working there for many many years, which I think says a lot!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue all of the employee focused perks, its why there is such longevity among the employees, continue to provide sales training so employees can continue to develope their skills, thank you for promoting from within; Get a new heat/ac system for the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Scholastic St. Charles IL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love working at the St.Charles Scholastic office. Great leadership.

    Cons

    Would love a higher salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Great people, fun assignments, great work life balance

    Cons

    Red tape, rigid structure, Oversight

  10.  

    Great Culture

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    Former Employee - Manager Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager Finance in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, high value on work/life balance

    Cons

    career opportunities are somewhat limited

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Human Resources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Scholastic as an intern

    Pros

    Great managers! Very helpful and friendly employees.

    Cons

    bad cell phone reception in building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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