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Scholastic Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
205 Reviews
3.1
205 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture was very family friendly and flexible, making for a good work-life balance (in 33 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 20 reviews)

  • The heavily siloed departments and nepotistic senior management are hurting internal communications (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Degrading Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Scholastic is filled with intelligent people who have broad and varied interests. Most team members are passionate about the work that they do, and you will find that most folks are willing and ready to engage in meaningful conversation about education, literacy, politics, and beyond.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism. No topic (or comment) is off limits. Scholastic Education is particularly horrific. Senior Management consistently degraded me and others. Your gender, ethnicity, class, marital status, home life, sexual orientation, age, appearance, etc. are all fair game. I probably should have gone to HR several times to report the things I was hearing/experiencing, but the culture of fear kept me from doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rein in your unprofessional commentary. Lead by example, not by fear and/or posturing.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seem only to hire per diem consultants and expect you to put in time for free.

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    Current Employee - Regional Consultant
    Current Employee - Regional Consultant

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

    Pros

    Working per diem (contract work) is nice because there's not a hassle when you need time off.
    Immediate managers are nice as are co-workers.

    Cons

    Got plenty of work the first year. This year, hardly any.
    The pay is a flat daily rate, lower than other similar companies. They expect long hours and lots of office time for which they do not pay.
    I do not feel as if I am part of the company and feel little loyalty. Don't like the feeling.
    Would not want to be full time because management is very clear that their attitude toward full timers is, "they own you."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your pay structure for per diem. The pay is low compared to other companies in this field.
    Stop expecting your per diem folks to put in hours for free. Find a way to make them feel wanted and needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, people are nice.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Lots of fun perks, discount on books, meet some nice people and they have a small gym.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, and salary isn't very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a raise if they work super hard and show it please!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scholastic is a great company. However, the St. Charles off is more of telemarketing call center.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, wonder coworkers, contest every month.

    Cons

    They are more concerned with the number of dials you made then the quality of phone call. They are very strict about leaving your desk. The days are long and boring because all you do is make outgoing phone calls. They constantly monitor your calls. You are not even allowed to talk to your coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your salespeople some control over their customers. People (especially teachers) prefer to email. They do not like the telemarketing techniques that Scholastic utilizes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money hungry company. Top management does not care about you. Will act like they do.

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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    Laid back work wasn't always push and hustle. Free lunches sometimes. Work hours are good. Off on weekends. Pay was not to bad. Once you get to know people work place seems like your 2nd family. Good for a 2nd job with part time opportunities. Paid holidays even if seasonal. work breaks are good. Truck drivers know almost everything, get to talk to them and know them, they know all the dirty dirty.

    Cons

    Gossip! you will hear it at least twice a week. 1st shift gets favored over 2nd all the time it sucks. If you get hired on as a seasonal make friends with your superiors fast. They will give you a voice to upper management if they like you.. Worked there for a year and a half and finally moved up to a forklift operator, I got lucky.. Later on got term because of a forklift accident.. Funny thing is they made me do a drug test anyway and fired me 2 days later not even considering me as a person that has a life and bills to pay, they will throw you back on the street like they found you.. JOBLESS. So don't get in any accidents lol. Management from all over the country will come at least twice a month to this scholastic since there is something always wrong going on & because it is the 3rd biggest branch. Supervisors come and go. Management will walk all over you and make you feel like a nobody, if you let them. Don't get me wrong, the supervisors are cool but its the upper management that breaths on their neck and then take it out on you. Unless you're full time don't always expect 40 hours, there will be some weeks you wont work like spring break. Not very much advancement in company. Very dusty place. When its hot its HOT and when its cold is COLD. They don't like spending money if somethings broken don't expect it to be fixed in a reasonable time. BIC's have to be brought in all the time from different branches to remind us we're doing things wrong and how to improve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be trained more properly, especially the operators. Was told one time by supervisors we were doing things wrong for a years with the RF scanners when picking product off on cherry pickers. Multi-million dollar company and you're very cheap, not just in the pay category *You raised the minimum wage recently and everyone really appreciated it* all your employees talk about it every other day. You see things on paper and expect to to be done like it on paper. Your employees are not robots. Next time you want to complain about something that is not done like it is on paper * especially the labored part of the job, like unloading and loading book cases, and stacking the boxes to be sent to the line* you should try it for yourself. Your spreadsheets and "facts" don't mean crap to anybody while you're sitting down behind a computer in the A/C. Just being honest Management has to also realize that if it works for one branch its not always gonna work for another, considering that this is the 3rd biggest in the country.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bad managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people really care about the books, and because of that there's a real camaraderie. The (downtown) office is beautiful and in a good location. Annual raises and good benefits.

    Cons

    Borderline abusive management, passive aggressive attitudes, low-to-mid salaries despite huge profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the managers who work there and how they treat the people beneath them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pro's was that in my division there was no micro Management whatsoever. If i left at 2pm in the afternoon no one would ever know.

    Cons

    The business for the Teachers and Parents division had no clue about what they were doing. They were rude, harsh with others and made very bad decisions. When something went wrong they would pass blame on everyone around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find people that are forward thinkers and use people for their expertise. Even though you might be someones boss or have a higher title then them doesn't mean you know more. Everyone can learn form everyone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Absolutely awful work environment at St. Charles office.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked here for over 4 years. Decent benefits, but even those got worse as time went on. Nice co-workers. Wonderful customers and products.

    Cons

    Nepotism, micromanagement, and unprofessionalism reign here. It is the most ridiculous work environment I have ever had the displeasure of working in. Management and floor supervisors are all close friends, yet none of them have any business managing people. None of them are educated or trained in management. High producers are transferred or fired at the drop of a hat because of a myriad of ridiculous excuses. Sales goals are often not released until AFTER the month has passed. HR is zero help and doesn't keep regular hours. (Plus the ONE HR person here is close personal friends with all of management and supervisors meaning the employee is NEVER right, even when following their employee handbook to the letter.) Employees are frequently harassed for using the restroom or getting up from their desks for any reason. So many shady dealings here, it's difficult to even list them all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and get rid of all of the nasty, unqualified excuses for managers/supervisors who run the St. Charles office. This place is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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