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I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)
Had fantastic management in the sales division. Strong women in leadership and as CEO. Professional colleagues in Sales. Lots of freedom and responsibility. Was a top performing sales rep. Loved working with faculty. Loved working with product managers (editors, marketing managers).
There are advantages to working for the big company. Sure, Professors may be annoyed you are there, but annoyed is better than confused or unreachable, which is what I've experienced in later efforts to work with professors without the Pearson name attached.
Most of those things are not true anymore. Most of the strong women in leadership, for example, have moved on.
Advice to Management
I've got long-standing love for Pearson as I really learned how to be a professional in the sales team here. From a few years out, here's what's key: 1. The software shift is a mirage. Do better research and you'll find that you're chasing something that isn't real. Do you want to remake US higher ed to fit a dreamy profit model or are you humanists? I know the answer to that and so do you. The company under M.S. became unavoidably high minded, to the benefit of the world, and you will lose all of that if you chase the tech companies down their dream tunnel of scaleable low margins. Turn back now. Take on the used book market. Win distribution. Rehire your old reps (I'm not kidding). Pay your authors on used (again, not kidding). Don't partner with vitalsource -- the ebook is not and will never be a thing in this space. the idea that what we lacked was easy redistribution, and that digital is going to bring it, is a mirage. Digital is Donal Trump. I wish every day to get my hands on a way to learn again that isn't plugged into the attention merchant market. turn back and win on the physical inventory bet nobody wants to make. Do it now before you find a fake way to bring stock prices up again and lock yourself into medium term death driven by shareholders who will never go for betting on physical inventory unless you do it when it seems like it's the less bad of a bunch of terrible options. Good luck and save some of your good book people for the next 30 years of physical textbooks.
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