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"Turf war city"

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Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than a year)

Pros

In theory, creating books for children is fun and pure and not at all soul-sucking. Plus there's an awesome rooftop deck with nice views of downtown NY. Great location in Soho.

Cons

Poor (nonexistent) marketing strategy from the knee-jerk school of management results in tons of money wasted on projects that ultimately go nowhere. Arbitrary and contradictory last-minute changes from several redundant layers of management result in late nights spent working to salvage horribly frankensteined creative. After awhile, you go numb and stop caring about producing your best work. What does it matter? It'll change anyway, for the worse. Turf wars abound within and without each department. Lots of favoritism.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the many arbitrary layers of management. Reward collaboration between departments. Come up with a consistent, top-down marketing strategy that encompasses print and digital, and one with a look and feel that does not date from 1979. Since you'll ignore all of this anyway, at the very least come up with a useable digital reader. The current one is a joke.

Other Employee Reviews for Scholastic

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Unlimited sick days. 15 vacation days after 1 year (18 w/personal days). Doctor's office and gym in the basement. Great work/life balance. Free books everywhere. You work on fun, entertaining titles for the most part. Decent-priced cafeteria and coffee bar. Occasional perks like tickets to see the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc. Laid back office, you could wear jeans and t-shirts every day and no one would care.

    Cons

    There is a ton of favoritism & people are put into mid-level management positions where they basically do administrative assistant level work. People are extremely title-obsessed and there are a ton of title-promotions without the job duties changing/getting more complex. Pay is all over the place for similar positions, and it seemed like every other year money was either bleeding out everywhere or insanely tight. A lot of secretive, hush/hush things going on around you. People are let go/fired and then no one says anything/act like it's normal that the person is suddenly gone. Not the best moral overall, and you do not feel like HR is on your side whatsoever when issues arise. People come in, do their job, and go home unless you are a part of the fresh-out of college crowd that whispers/giggles around the office all day long. Everyone seems to come back when they have a family for the generous maternity leave and kid-friendly work-from-home policies.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees and hire from within more.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Bit of a dinosaur in the web age"

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    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good family friendly benefits since it's focus is on kids.

    Cons

    Disorganized, old fashioned. Lots of turnover in web dept.

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