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Scholastic Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
219 Reviews
3.2
219 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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  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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3.  

    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
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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.  

    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
  8.  

    Too Much Dead Weight at the Top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Putting books and education into the hands of children, particularly at risk students.

    Cons

    Management "motivates" by being verbally abusive and often snarky in a high school, mean girls way. VPs and Directors with little or no real knowledge about the areas for which they are responsible and unable to educate their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to and elevate those that actually do the work and know what's going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    They are very racial.

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson City, MO
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Jefferson City, MO

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    To help kids. Provide teachers with good reading material.

    Cons

    Always get a different book, doing different jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never believe one side of the story, be objective and do proper investigation. Give your workers the benefit of doubt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to start your career but once you get bored, it's time to go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In general the majority of people who work at Scholastic really care about the company credo and want to contribute in positive ways. Scholastic is a good place to learn the ropes. The roof cafeteria was a nice perk in the summer.

    Cons

    Upper management is disorganized leading to low morale. There are a few rotten eggs (with huge egos and unrealistic demands) who definitely spoiled the bunch. Staff in entry level positions should stay for only 2-3 years if there is no clear path to career growth/promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency for your employees. Share more information about the company's long term goals. Open up discussion, talk to staff to learn about how to improve morale (or give them an avenue to contribute ideas anonymously), encourage team building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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