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"Loved and hated Scholastic over the years..."

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Former Employee - Senior Editorial/Management in New York, NY
Former Employee - Senior Editorial/Management in New York, NY
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

--I worked with some fabulous, talented, smart, fun, committed people.
--Great benefits--not as good now, but still quite good.
--Beautiful offices in Soho
--In some departments, good possibilities for recognition.

Cons

--HR is consistently terrible. They don't listen, don't help, and don't defend employees rights even in the most straightforward of ways.
--Upper management are famous for their in-fighting. They are more interested in defeating each other than the larger vision of the company.
--Bad management at all levels is tolerated even when it is widely known by many divisions, HR, and the CEO.
--The Web site and the Web group are completely dysfunctional. It's been rethought, redesigned, reinvented every year for the past ten and continues to be terrible and problematic for many Scholastic brands and businesses.
--There is a lot of nepotism, favoritism, different rules for different people.
--In recent years, they barely hire. They bring in people on contract to avoid hiring them and cuts have been so deep that work quality has really suffered. Key jobs that are important to a division or group's success are filled by temps who can walk away at any time.

Advice to Management

--Get rid of the dead wood making over 300K. We all know there are quite a few names on that list.
--Treat people fairly
--Make a plan for succession. What is going to happen when the CEO/owner dies or retires?

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "It's just so bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really, really liked some (about 10%) of the people here. I met some lovely co-workers who I am still friends with to this day. The people that were great were GREAT. The work life balance was mostly good and they have a very nice roof deck at the main office in Soho.

    Cons

    So many. Where to begin:

    I was there for almost four years and while the first year was OK - I left because I got frustrated seeing the same cycles over and over again. Basically, they would have deep cuts, then hire a bunch of temps, fire a bunch of temps, hire more temps for less money, fire the temps, hire more temps for less money, etc. Of course, the quality of work went down with each cycle like this. At the end, when I left, they had taken a job that used to be done for about $30 and hour and required a degree to become one that paid $15 an hour an no degree. Same job. So you can imagine what the quality of work became.

    Other things I saw there which made me deeply unhappy:
    - offers rescinded - I literally saw signed contracts that were disregarded after the person had quit their job to come work for Scholastic. So, don't go work there if you have a good, stable job! No matter how much money they offer! Trust me: you don't want to get that call that starts "I have some bad news..."

    - all the talk about the "Scholastic Family". It's not a family and that is a terrible analogy. Do you fire family members? No? Well, Scholastic employees get fired all the time. So it's not a family.

    - nepotism. There was one job in my dept that 300 people applied for. Guess who got it. The barely literate kid of a VP. I wish I was kidding. I am not.

    - incompetence is rewarded. I have never seen a better example of the Peter Principle. They put people who are not able to do their jobs into high up roles where they can do little damage. Example: my boss was completely incapable of project management. Then, when my bosses boss was looking at the metrics (by the way they love Excel here) they saw that our department was bleeding money. Guess who got in trouble. Not my boss, but me! Because I had not been "productive" enough. Tell me how I can be productive if my boss, who is my project manager, does not give me work and manage my hours. Should I have made up work for myself to do? This happened so many times when I was there and my boss never got fired so I quit.

    - treatment of contractors. They pretend like they will hire you after a few months. Not gonna happen. I think I saw one contractor out of 75 get hired in my time there. So again, don't quit a full time job thinking they will convert you. Not gonna happen.

    - incompetent IT dept. I know they are doing more with less, but it should not take two weeks to get an email address.

    - office space. Luckily, where I was, the space was very nice but I have heard some other buildings are terrible.

    - Christmas party. What a joke. They ran out of salmon after 20 minutes and it is so jam packed that you cannot even reach the buffet tables.

    - Wastefulness. The lights and heat are left on 24/7 but good luck trying to get any office supplies. When I left, they did not even have basics like pens and paper in the supply closet. You had to bring your own from home. Also, a lot of wastefulness in projects. I worked on 100K projects that went nowhere and never got implemented. Yet, they were constantly laying people (oops, I mean Scholastic family members) off.

    - New direction. They are trying, desperately, to launch their eReader, as the savior of the company. Good luck with that. And you will compete with Amazon how? Oh right. You haven't figured that part out yet!

    Advice to Management

    None. They would not listen anyhow.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company needs a major overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Scholastic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent hours, part time work, seasonal work. Its a job.

    Cons

    Management at all level never listen to their employees, ideas or complaints. If your a favorite you keep a job, if not your out the door. If you have any complaints, your out the door. Workplace violence is a problem here in the Charlotte warehouse location but when taken to management 2 days later I had no job. The troubled employee has intimidated employees to the point they quit, threatened the lives of employees, physically fought with an employee and threatened me. All I wanted to do was to work hard for the company and have a job. I think this company should not be allowed in our school systems. Stop wasting tax payor money fighting the courts over the 3.8 million dollars you owed in taxes and pay up. It's in the news, read about it. Company is going down hill fast.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from your upper management positions away from your desk. Look and listen to employees. Re-organize your company from the ground up. Start with your management, then the CEO.

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