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Scholastic Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
206 Reviews
3.1
206 Reviews
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Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too many "temporary" employees, not enough respect for workers.

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best things about working here are the people and feeling like you're making a difference in education and the lives of kids. Promoting reading and being a part of a company that has a long history of good work within schools makes up for some, but not all, of the downsides. Mostly relaxed daily atmosphere, good people, and room to learn a lot in any given position.

    Cons

    However, the reason you can learn a lot is that there have been so many cut-backs that there is more work to be done than people to do it, so you get extra tasks on top of the work you signed on for. Staff positions are more and more rare, replaced with 'indefinite temporary' positions. There is a lack of respect for personnel, evidenced by not only that trend but the bad morale overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Showing more respect for workforce will strengthen company for the long run, without that the company risks more decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micro-management - perfected!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting books and products that benefit students. "Idea" of company is beloved by anyone who ever ordered through the bookclubs as a kid.

    Cons

    Management is reacting to upheaval in education field. No pro-active leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, not great for employee growth

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products, smart people. People work hard and are committed to their jobs. In general, the people at Scholastic are a pleasure to work with. My supervisors have been reasonable when it comes to PTO, personal issues, and complaints, but don't always have the tools to make the changes necessary.

    Cons

    Seems to be very focused on the immediate fires and short-sided when in comes to long-term strategy, especially with employee growth and retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Former Director

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Soho location, women have excellent opportunities for executive positions, work / life balance, cafeteria, free books, focus on literacy for children

    Cons

    Dick Robinson is either out of touch with his company culture or no longer cares. Top level executives are typically laid off for no cause and a new team of executives will replace middle management with their corporate cronies. There's management by fear. Everyone seems to be for themselves and by themselves. There's silos all over with lots of in-fighting at high levels. HR has no principles or authority. Minorities in high positions from CFO down were unceremoniously and shamelessly laid off in groups for no reason. Very disillusioned and disappointed about the culture that was once very liberal minded and fair when the company was privately run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board of Directors need to carefully plan succession management starting with the CEO. Scholastic can not compete successfully without changing their corporate culture and management hierarchy. Need much better and constructive communication between departments. Stop trying to run this company like General Motors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to gain experience but little room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    This is a steady company to work for since it's the biggest children's publisher. Good company to work for to gain experience, good hours as only expected to work 9am to 5pm, good work/life balance if you have a family, big mantra on advancing women's career, and has it's own cafe to buy and eat lunch.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement in terms of promotion or salary increase. Sometimes favoritism is very evident.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more fair to all employees, better pay for more work, and need to be more aggressive if growing the company is a concern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place with some major flaws

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic

    Pros

    Good mission and wonderful products, customer-focused

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of direction, inflated senior management, mix of staff that is intelligent/ hardworking and airheads

  8.  

    Interview was ok

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    The interview was ok but it took two months to get through the interview process.

    Cons

    Length of time interviewing for position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I had a great experience with my key subordinates in my department. The pay was low but it was a great place to learn.

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    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's an innovation organization where you'll learn new skills and hone the ones you have. It's a wonderful creative environment for anyone interested in publishing.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges include job growth within the organization it's pretty limited unless there are lateral moves or promotions. Also the compensation depending on your title is average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's important to continue to hone the skills of employees as well as allow training to allow people to get to the next level. Although the perks are amazing, compensation is important.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company little room for growth

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    Current Employee - QA Lead in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Scholastic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work, very laid back atmosphere. Work is rewarding, knowing you are improving the lives of stuggling students, giving them the tools to become on par with their classmates

    Cons

    The company does little towards giving growth to their employees. Small raises in wage are common about yearly, but no salary positions are available. For several years now my department has not had a single member move to full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees, get more salary positions to your more senior contractors so they are more willing to stay. Many will leave the company if a full time position is offered elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Scholastic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - flexible, people are friendly

    Cons

    - the company did go under tremendous pay cuts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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