Scholastic Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Interesting products.

    Cons

    No real room for growth. Office politics and be a lot to handle on a daily basis.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Editor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities exist for people who are willing to bend over backwards to make them happen; a lot of interesting and talented people in the building; the brand name carries a lot of weight and respect

    Cons

    Too many of those interesting and talented people have had their personalities eroded by a really terrible corporate culture; micromanagement is a virtue here, not a flaw; upper management is utterly incapable of cutting loose deadweight or employees who willfully reject the need to grow and learn new skills because of they're "friends;" too many people take dim views of the Scholastic customer; worst kind of siloing you can possibly imagine; very, very insular

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing friendships cloud your business judgment!


  3. Solid Company But Behind the Times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Sales
    Former Employee - Director of Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benevolent employer that treats their employees with respect and provides decent benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is very low, something that seems to be prevalent in the publishing industry. Dinky pay raises-1-2%.

    Advice to Management

    Don`t be afraid to shake it up sometimes. Progress moves at a glacial pace. Let the good folks you have spread their wings. Take some risks!


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  5. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work/life balance, friendly people, low stress environment, free coffee.

    Cons

    Sometimes not being utilized to the fullest, lots of downtime, not being kept in the inner circle so sometimes employees are not kept up to date when they should.


  6. Old School

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally a benevolent place to work

    Cons

    Poor pay. Raises are small and come slowly

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and you will attract better people.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Upset

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, some people are great to work with.

    Cons

    horrible management, politics, no room to become a Vice President with my expertise. CTO only hires from Pearsons because he knows nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it all away


  8. Helpful (3)

    Scholastic... hm...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    working environment is nice in good location

    Cons

    leadership isn't working properly and overall structure is so poor

    Advice to Management

    please open to hear good opinions


  9. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Manager

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The amazing mission that this organization stands by

    Cons

    Poor Support from Upper Management

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. Helpful (4)

    Chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Diverse work force, great brand, great mission

    Cons

    A lot of chaos. Leadership has been at helm of this company for >20 years and so, while they talk about change to digital delivery, there is an unwillingness to change much.

    Advice to Management

    Need more clarity on strategy, and share this with your employees. The company cannot survive solely on past success and the few best-selling titles. There is too much chaos around long-term goals and activities.


  11. Helpful (4)

    If all you value is work/life balance, then Scholastic is for you - otherwise look elsewhere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - Friendly colleagues - Cafeteria (rare for NYC offices)

    Cons

    - Little to no opportunity for career progression - Business flounders due to poor leadership - Heavily nepotistic and incestuous. - Lots of turnover leads to knowledge drain

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and allow those in the business to run the company.



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