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Pearson Overview

London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
1844
Company - Public (PSO)
Education Training Services
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
We are on a mission to help people make progress in their lives through access to better learning. It’s a big ambition, and it’s far from a straightforward journey. We’re continually challenging ourselves to think differently, step in new ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning.

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  • We recently released our 2017 Annual Report, detailing our strategic priorities in our mission to help people make progress in their lives through learning. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQzjV

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Pearson – Why Work For Us?


Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.

Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.


Who We Are

We're the world's learning company, with 35,000 employees across 70 countries worldwide. Our unique insight and world-class expertise comes from our long history of working closely with teachers, learners, researchers, authors, and thought leaders. Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day.

Whether it’s through new digital learning products in the US, developing qualifications and assessments in the UK, training school leaders in the Middle East, teaching English in China, or educating professionals, we’re helping people make progress in their lives through learning.

We have a clear and simple set of values — in everything we do, we aspire to be brave, imaginative, decent and accountable. These values describe what is important to all of us, and guide us to do what is right for the world around us.

What We Do

We recognize that the only way to keep pace with all of the exciting opportunities in education is to challenge the traditional models of developing new ideas.
We find smart people — partners and customers inside and outside the company — who can positively impact our business and learning outcomes.

That means working with technology partners who can help us put education in the hands of more people around the world, in more inspiring ways. And working with local experts who know better than anyone what's needed to solve the challenges where they are.



Are You And Pearson A Match?

When you work for Pearson, you have the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. You'll be proud of contributing to work that makes education more affordable, accessible, and available to learners worldwide.

We also aim to be the best company to work for, because we want you to stay with us. We treat each person as an individual, with competitive benefits, personal development, and opportunities like working abroad to suit you and your needs. We’re vibrant, flexible, and modern, and we’re always learning.

Are You Brave, Imaginative, Decent, And Accountable?

These core values drive our ways of working at Pearson. It's crucial that you’re brave enough to do what you feel is right and can communicate and work with others who may have a different perspective.

To be successful at Pearson, you must also be able to see the way forward, consider all angles, get things done, and bring people with you. And of course, you must do all this with the highest level of respect for your colleagues and our customers and learners.

When recruiting, we look for:

  • an enthusiasm for learning
  • a strong customer focus
  • the ability to think creatively
  • a high level of motivation and commitment
  • the ability to anticipate and adapt to change
  • a willingness to take responsibility
  • a desire to understand people and influence behaviour
  • a sense of pride in your work


We Value Diversity And Inclusion

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world.

That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve.

The Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) team is a central, global resource within Human Resource’s Talent Center of Expertise. Though the team is staffed by a VP & Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion and a Senior Advisor of Diversity & Inclusion, we believe that every Pearson colleague is a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner. Whatever your role at Pearson, you are integral to ensuring that all of our colleagues are valued and included in our organizational work.

To ensure that we have scalable, sustainable impact, our team functions as a global network. In addition to our dedicated D&I staff, we manage a team of Global Diversity & Inclusion Advocates. The Advocates are full-time Pearson employees who apply for and are selected to help implement global D&I principles in their local businesses and offices. We also facilitate the work of employee resource groups (ERGs) globally.

Our goals

Our Diversity & Inclusion efforts are focused on three primary areas: our people, our culture, and our learners. We strive to embed D&I principles into all business processes and practices.

We seek to:

  • Attract top talent by being broadly viewed as an inclusive employer
  • Build a culture of innovation and learning where every idea and perspective is valued
  • Build close relationships with our customers and learners
  • Ensure that our people and products reflect who we are and whom we serve
  • Develop inclusive products, services, and solutions — such as Be Gender Intelligent — for our customers

Employee Resource Groups

Pearson’s employee resource groups (ERGs) give employees opportunities for networking, increased engagement, professional development, and mentorship, and also to contribute to Pearson’s business goals.

ERGs consist of colleagues around the world who join Pearson’s efforts to embed diversity and inclusion into all aspects of our business. Every ERG has a clear mission, charter, and by-laws and is facilitated by our D&I team.

Current ERGs include:

  • Generation Pearson
  • Pearson Able
  • Pearson Bold
  • Pearson Latino Network
  • Pearson Parents
  • Pearson Spectrum
  • Pearson Veterans
  • Women in Learning & Leadership

Learning Opportunities

Pearson offers training and learning opportunities on a range of issues such as Diversity Awareness & Harassment Prevention, Fast Thinking: How Unconscious Bias Can Slow Our Business, and Navigating Generational Differences at Work.


Competitive Benefits

We expect a lot from you, so we give a lot back. We’ve designed our workplace programs to meet your and your family’s needs, with some of the best benefits in the industry.

Because everyone’s circumstances are different, we offer a range of options that let you tailor your benefits to suit your needs.

Standard benefits include:

  • Flexible health plans
  • Generous paid time off
  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave
  • Flexible work policies
  • Profit-sharing plans
  • Stock purchase options
  • Retirement plans in the UK and US
  • Confidential support for stress, health, and other personal needs

At Pearson, we aspire to be brave, imaginative, decent, and accountable in everything we do.

These values drive us to improve educational access and outcomes worldwide, through work grounded in research. Because of these values, we have pledged to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges by aligning with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

It's also our unwavering commitment to these values that shape Pearson's point of view on important topics.

We're often asked to weigh in on issues facing education and the world, in general. Here are our positions on some of these topics.

Low Cost Private Schools - Improving educational access and outcomes in countries where provision is poor or lacking.

Support for Public Schools - Supporting public education around the world.

Assessment - Developing the next generation of better, smarter, digitally-delivered assessments, ultimately to the benefit of students and teachers.

Data Privacy - Working diligently with all our customers to protect information.

Diversity - We value the power of difference.

Education Access and Equity - Freedom and access to opportunity.

Lobbying - Sharing research and information with policy makers.

Common Core State Standards in the U.S. - Our position on Common Core State Standards in the United States.

UK Living Wage - A living wage employer.

Tax - Reporting on tax paid as part of our commitment to operating in a sustainable and transparent way.

Modern Day Slavery - Our commitment against modern day slavery.


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    People and good benefits, along with work life balance. Able to work with other teams and be challenged to move ahead in your career

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    A number of organization changes but aside from that, not much the company needs to improve on as change can bring fresh ideas

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Pearson Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pearson (Indianapolis, IN).

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    5 interviews with teammates and Director. Individual meetings with each. Overall basic questions for each team outing their responsibility and how they would work with the PR/Community Manager. Nothing out of the order. Would ask to pitch a specific product or give examples of past media/community work. Successes/ challenges of past work.

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Pearson Awards & Accolades

  • 100% on Corporate Equality Index - Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2018
  • 100 Top Companies With Remote Jobs, FlexJobs, 2018
  • Best Employers for Diversity 2018, Forbes, 2018
  • Corporate Equality Index Perfect Score, Human Rights Campaign, 2015
  • 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, Dave Thomas Foundation, 2014
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