Scholastic Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
203 Reviews
3.1
203 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 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.  

    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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some groups are great to work in, others are very stressful

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, a good company that has good intentions. Working in the NY office is nice with the open stairway and cafeteria. Really great people and many who have been there 10, 15, 20 years which says a lot about a company.

    Cons

    In some departments the management is a bit crazy. Lots of last-minute change in direction and desperate attempts to do something different just to prove to the shareholders that they are trying something new. Pay is low as is typical in the publishing industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Decent

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    • 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
  6.  

    Clifford, The Big Red Dog!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    What you contribute to improving the quality of education to both educators and learners is priceless!

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between the multiple internal partnerships. HR is untrusting as there seems to be personal relationships built with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In addition to sales coaching, continue to provide leadership development to those who are in Director positions; otherwise, you will continue to lose good employees who add value to the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism and Cronyism Behind The Veil Of Publicly Traded Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro of working here is that you are help to sell products that help children learn to read. The price points of the products sold via Book Clubs are affordable to families. Teachers receive "bonus points" which they can redeem for being sales agents of the company.

    Cons

    The business model, as is the leadership, old and broken. Although Scholastic gives the appearance of a publicly traded Company it is not governed as such. The publicly traded Class B shares hold no voting power. Thus the "public" shareholders have no voice in governance. The privately held Class A shareholder has all the power.

    As a result, management is inbred, stagnate, and focused on internal politics rather than doing the right thing to continue to grow revenue. Sales have been falling for some time. Only the "one hit wonders" help the sales on occasion.

    Seek other places of employment if you want to see your skills valued and nurtured.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand and products, challenging corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    What you do here matters to kids - whether it's in education, publishing or one of their proprietary distribution channels. They have a great work/life balance and if you are looking for a place to post up long term without a huge amount of pressure, this is a great place to do it.

    Cons

    The political environment within the company is highly complex and difficult to navigate. Businesses are not always managed with business acumen, rather it can be a very challenging environment to improve anything. Change is generally met with a high level of resistance and decisions are made emotionally more often than based on ROI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes the only way to evolve is to try drastically new approaches and support them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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