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"Dysfunctional and Stressful - A Shame Given All that Scholastic Stands For"

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

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

Pros

PR Branding of Literacy Message and Support of Educators and Schools
Select pockets of wonderful individuals who work hard and really care about the company and results

Cons

Silo'd and combative organization with little to no collaborative spirit
No incentive to work towards common goals and financial success - every group for themselves
Mean spirited and selfish behavior exhibited across the ranks
Organization is managed more like a family owned business, complete with favoritism, nepotism, and no apparent focus on ROI and financial growth
Too many long term managers who have never worked anywhere else; new senior talent generally lasts less than two years either quitting out of frustration or being terminated for addressing the status quo

Advice to Management

Develop a culture of meritocracy - streamline the many long term senior managers who have only worked at Scholastic for 20 plus years and bring in some fresh talent and outside thinking to modernize the strategy. Watch T & E and other wasteful spend that is rampant. Focus on digital transformation cannot be limited to an eReader product that is behind the curve and that has little chance of competing with the Amazon, Googles, Apples and Microsofts of the world. Stop the infighting - reward collaborative success and penalize selfish behavior that hurts the company's bottom line and morale for all. Treat employess with dignity and respect.

Other Employee Reviews for Scholastic

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Working as an exec at Scholastic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, the company is all about literacy and reading

    Cons

    Very decentralized structure, too many layers at the top for its size, don't invest enough in digital, the company can't make up its mind.

    Advice to Management

    Invest and don't be afraid to change!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.

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