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  • "You can forget about work/life balance because it doesn't exist here" (in 62 reviews)

  • "where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men" (in 123 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (20)

"Don't Let the Door Hit You"

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Former Employee - Education Specialist in Remote, OR
Former Employee - Education Specialist in Remote, OR
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Pearson part-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

There are still a few decent, intelligent, caring people at Pearson. They're just few and far between and too scared for their own jobs to call attention to themselves.

Cons

The Re-Org from Hell has gone on too long. Many, many good people left or were fired and in their place you have lots of managers and executives who have no idea what their jobs entail or what products Pearson sells. It would be comical if it weren't so sad. One of the latest uninspiring moves has been to hire education "consultants" from a temp agency to fill the high demand of back-to-school "activation" trainings. With very few exceptions, these temps are more like Bernie from Weekend at Bernie's. This is only one aspect of failing customer service that is going to haunt Pearson for years.

If you dare leave Pearson and do the decent thing and give two weeks' notice, you'll likely experience a Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out moment or six. This will most likely come in the form of being "termed" a week before you say you're leaving, being locked out of your company email AND being locked out of the expense reporting system, all while you're still trying to do your job and represent the company.

Advice to Management

Now that Larry Singer is gone, take the pulse of your remaining people. Think about moving some of them back to their comfort zones instead of forcing them into jobs they're not qualified to do. Stop treating people as replaceable widgets and most importantly, straighten out your HR department. When HR (or managers) cut off employees' email before employees can finish their work, customer service suffers. Consequently, Pearson's already damaged reputation suffers.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (17)

    "Not the same"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generous benefits, vacation, flexible w/work hours

    Cons

    Reorg is too top heavy and confusing. Not a pleasant place anymore.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pearson is family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great products and great benefits! I learned so much working with such great people. It has a family oriented feel at work.

    Cons

    Lots of change going on right now.

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