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Pearson Overview

www.pearson.com
London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
1844
Company - Public (PSO)
Education
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
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 ... Read more

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

Pearson Reviews

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -good work-life balance
    -not much politics at the lower levels
    -mostly female middle managers and they care about being good managers
    -mostly good people who want to do a good job 9-5
    -great location (Copley Square)
    -if you are someone that wants to work sincerely, but not super crazy like in a tech startup, this is a good place
    -despite the bad rap Pearson gets, some products are really cool and there are some very smart people who work there

    Cons

    -upper management is men. Folks, if you believe the glass ceiling doesn't exist in corporate America, come to Pearson.. where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men!
    -upper management is clueless and arrogant
    -hire managers from outside instead of promoting the ones in the company
    -frat boy culture in upper management
    -strategy keeps changing (read--no strategy)

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire frat boys to lead this company. Promote the women in your organization. There's something rotting in Pearson and it is probably you.

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Pearson Interviews

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    Marketing Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Pearson.

    Interview

    I know someone who works here and met with her and her co-worker to discuss the company in general. She helped me get in touch with the manager for the department I had applied to online. I had a phone interview and I think it went well.
    The man I spoke with asked the typical interview questions for an entry-level job and he was easy to talk to. We even had a nice conversation about something unrelated to the job. I was asked if I would like to come in the next week to discuss further. Despite the reviews I've seen on Glassdoor, I said yes as I would love to work for a publishing company like Pearson. Plus I like the higher education industry. I was told I'd receive details via email on the weekend (my interview was mid-week).
    I have yet to hear back, despite thanking the interviewer and following up twice. I understand not receiving a response for every application sent out, but since I spoke to someone directly and I was under the impression I had an in-person interview scheduled, I'm extremely disappointed I received no response, regardless of the outcome. So, I guess no offer.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about my experience from my resume, so the interviewer was well-prepared.   Answer Question
    • Why Pearson?   Answer Question
    • Experience with marketing or any relevant marketing and business coursework I've taken.   Answer Question
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Pearson Awards & Accolades

  • 100% on Corporate Equality Index - Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2017
  • Gold Cannes Lions Award and the Grand Prix, Cannes Lions Awards, 2016
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