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"Frozen in bureaucracy. Heading towards antiquity."

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Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Pearson as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Giant company with lots of resources.
Has a lot of influence in the education market.
Potential for innovative products.

Cons

Suffers from big bureaucracy and many layers of management. Top-down decision making jerks projects around or freezes them altogether via indecision. Frequent reorganizations. Don't provide people with the tools to do their jobs. Lots of people I worked with used their own laptops, software and tablets in order to get things done. Process heavy.

Advice to Management

Give some authority and resources to the people closest to the problems and products. They have a much better idea what to do than managers 2 and 3 levels up. Listen to your employees. Give more emphasis to results and less to process.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Mind numbing tedium"

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    Current Contractor - Graphic Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Graphic Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Only plus is working at home

    Cons

    Terribly disorganized
    forced to create graphics at a breakneck pace
    Any semblance of quality or value in the art work is brutally discouraged as it raises the bar for the brand and costs them money so you are held to a very low denominator of creating poor quality clip art for the K-12 material.
    It is a hectic rush with numerous and varied lead artist giving you conflicting direction and harried producers pushing you to work longer hours.

    Advice to Management

    Consider becoming a provider of QUALITY educational resources not the low grade cheap material that is the driving style now.


  2. "Not a bad pace to work, they need better structure"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Quality Assurance Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Former Contractor - Senior Quality Assurance Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pays for education
    Easy to get to
    Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Reorged 4 times in one year
    Hard to get hired on

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