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  1.  

    Don't

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New City, NY

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

    Pros

    People who desire to work for a children's book publisher this is the "spot". Like many book publishers, compensation is VERY LOW. Silo organization, culture varies, generally issues are swept under the carpet.
    Leadership is dependent upon which division you work in. Managers of people have little experience or training.

    Cons

    Compensation makes it difficult to manage working here and have a life; many share apartments or live at home.
    Benefit program was overhauled to a Healthcare program; most likely will not affect entry level, however for mid-level and above this is going to be very costly.
    Overall company is not moving into the 21st century, heavily print oriented.
    Company does not follow its' credo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management is not willing to listen, change, invest in the organization nor does it value the employees.
    "Everyone" is replaceable".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Underpaid and Top Heavy

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Fun and young company laid back

    Cons

    Top heavy mgmt, low salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    High hopes for a great company, seriously disappointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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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.  

    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
  7.  

    Book Fairs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Positive work environment and they try to hire within

    Cons

    Physically demanding warehouse job. Lots of heavy lifting, bending walking etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Supervising Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Company values and vision, discounts on books

    Cons

    work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines, not enough time for planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work life balance for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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. 6 people 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 a 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

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