Scholastic
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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.0 178 reviews

                             

55% Approve of the CEO

Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson

Dick Robinson

(105 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great place to work, high value on work/life balance"
    in 27 reviews
  • "Great office location in SoHo NYC"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "The upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked"
    in 19 reviews
  • "The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications"
    in 10 reviews
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    Could of been so much better in St. Charles!

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Saint Charles, IL

    ProsThe Benefits are the top positive to this company, the employees for the most part are a pleasure to work with and the flexible schedule is nice. They do offer a variety of contests which was nice.

    ConsI wish I had more positives to say. Know what you are getting into. There is NO room for advancement, raises are little to none with capped commission in most positions. 400% to monthly quota, you make the same as 110%. They monitor and watch you like a hawk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees some space and trust that they will get the job done. Rethink your calling guidelines! Should you feel the need to monitor calls don't have a former HR person do it with zero understanding of the products or the customer base. Give your employees a need to sell above 110% in a mom and you will see your sales increase!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A bit of a bureaucratic mess, but mainly great people and good benefits.

    Editorial Assistant, Book Clubs (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNice benefits package, great on-site amenities (gym, doctor's office, cafeteria). A lot of really great and dedicated people. Not too 'workaholic' of an atmosphere, good work life balance. Many people leave daily between 5-6.

    ConsMiddle management heavy. It seems many higher up folks stay because of seniority, not job performance, which makes for a top heavy and somewhat incompetent organization. And, as with any large company, corporate decisions can be extremely opaque, even when they affect you directly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntegrate divisions better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great mission, results oriented, respect for family, employees are treated like adults.

    Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTalented people, clear corporate vision, great products

    ConsPersonal growth opportunities do not necessarily turn into career opportunities, star system in place in some departments. Information systems weak.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Simply one of the best companies I have worked for.

    Contract Designer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proseasygoing and friendly outgoing staff. A great team to be working with.

    ConsThe upper management comes from an education background so many business practices can be overlooked. Its not the worst thing, You may feel like you as repeating the information to clients and educators

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some great ideas, but slow moving, some people stuck in the past

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe location is great and they have some good perks. It's casual and some of the people are fun and creative to work with.

    ConsThe office can be very "click-ish" and if you don't fall into that click it will be hard to move up or have your voice heard. They keep some people employed for unknown reasons and let other, good people go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you see promise in employees, you should nurture them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This review is for the Scholastic office in St. Charles, IL. It was the call center it was not like New York at all.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Saint Charles, IL

    ProsSome of the people were wonderful to work with, The money was good but you worked every second for it.
    They very frequently bought us lunch. You could take the summers off. The BEST Benefits ever. Scholastic in New York really gave us wonderful benefits.

    ConsThey monitor you on the phone it is a call center they are always watching and listening, If you make a mistake you are called off the floor for a reprimand, this shared to "help" you. They make the people who express themselves go away. One day your there at 100% of quota.....the next day your gone. Nobody knows were you are. It's so bad they won't let you leave your desk and if you do leave, they come to the bathroom to see where you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt will always stay the same, no reason to advise them, they will not listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Silos, little training, good people

    Associate Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMost of the people are wonderful. There can be great opportunity to make a contribution if you are willing to put in the effort.

    ConsUnfortunately, because of lack of cohesive vision, lots of folks have become complacent (because they gave up trying or because it's allowed). You can make a difference, but often you have to figure out how to do that yourself - there is not a lot of training or support with the systems etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience varies based on division and managers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat brand, quality products, good work/life balance, listens to the needs of parents and educators

    Conslow pay, needs direction in terms of technology, hard to advance, toxic atmosphere in some divisions of the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, fun assignments, great work life balance

    ConsRed tape, rigid structure, Oversight

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