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"Great place to work"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Pearson has great benefits and a lot of great people working for the company. Employees seem to share passion for what the company is trying to do. The CEO visits many of the major offices every year and says that we're working to make education better, not to make profits. She says that profits are what allows us to do great things, but our primary goal should be improving education of children and adults globally. She's a solid thinker and highly admirable.

Cons

The pay for most positions seems to be a little below market value, but there are very good benefits (tuition reimbursement, 401K matching, medical/dental/vision/life insurance at very affordable rates, lots of opportunity). It can be a real issue getting people's salaries to market value once they're in the system, but I don't think that's too different from anywhere else. Sometimes you have to work long hours, but it's nothing like working at places like Google or Apple.

Advice to Management

Overall, I think senior management has done a very good job at being transparent and efficient. I'd say, "Keep it up!"

Other Employee Reviews for Pearson

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very capable employees and high respect for individual"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends

    Pros

    High work ethics within the project management team and excellent leadership. The company has a high dedication to respect personal lives but in return is asking for full dedication to the job. HR is very supportive and benefits are good. Overall it sometimes has the feel of a big family besides the size.
    Pearson always strives for improvement and the application of latest methodologies and technical developments.

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow are limited. There are very capable senior managers that have to make up for other seniority that take advantage of the company size and pose a bad example.
    Because of the growing speed of the company departments start viewing themselves as gate keepers, introducing their own rules and forgetting to view the company as a whole. Communication and working with each other are lacking in some places. Between some groups is a disconnect with makes it challenging to fulfill promises made to the customer and deliver to contract.

    Advice to Management

    Great wealth of excellent people and motivation to provide the best product out there in many groups. But the disconnect between departments and the identification with the product, especially of groups that are removed from the customer, leaves room for improvement to enhance products and make Pearson even more successful.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Has potential, but gets sidetracked with politics too easily. Senior Management is the main problem."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in working arrangements. Good location with great transport links nearby with local pubs and restaurants.
    Colleagues are generally well-qualified and good people, friendly.
    Work/life balance is also good.

    Cons

    Promotion and appointment decisions seem to be made based purely on politics and who you know rather than ability or experience. The level of politics is the highest of anywhere I've worked. The blame culture in particular is incredibly damaging, with a shoot first ask questions later approach.

    Advice to Management

    In order to survive and grow Pearson is going to need to innovate - which it seems incapable of doing. Innovation by acquisition can only take you so far, and you will end up destroying value if you can't nuture innovation within the organisation.

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