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Pearson Editor Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 96 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is filled with smart, creative people who care about what they do.

    Cons

    Pearson is a big corporation going through lots of changes. Emphasis on testing has hurt the company's reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Turn your focus away from high stakes testing and back towards creating great teaching products.


  2. "Short lived, but good"

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    Former Contractor - Associate Editor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Contractor - Associate Editor in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers and managers were great to work with. The work itself was fulfilling for someone who loves editing. I was able to work from home.

    Cons

    Right now, employment is unstable, particularly for editors.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Scorer"

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    Former Employee - Scorer/Content Editor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Scorer/Content Editor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and treat you fairly.

    Cons

    The only downside for the job is that it is part time.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Have faith!"

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    Current Freelancer - Editor
    Current Freelancer - Editor

    I have been working at Pearson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to enrich students' learning with engaging content. Offer to help the overworked staff that remains after all the reorgs/layoffs, and you'll be much appreciated!

    Cons

    There aren't any downsides to working at Pearson. Look past all the negative comments online. Push on, do good work, and make whichever department you work for one that embraces optimism.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication from the top down would relieve some employees' anxiety about the future.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work from home is available for some roles.

    Cons

    There's a move by some management to have employees back in the office, which doesn't make much sense when our teams are spread across time zones. I used to commute to an office where none of my team members were in the same state--it was a waste of money and time. I hope the company doesn't return to that model.
    There is also little to no growth opportunity. Even when you're seeking it, the company is so large, and employee mentoring and end-to-end business exposure is so incredibly limited that it makes moving very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people, not positions. Set-up regular 1-on-1 sessions with your direct reports, provide a 360 feedback at review time, and work with employees seeking job and experience growth--who want to benefit the company--so they don't atrophy in old roles they've outgrown.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Very content....until layoffs came"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company -- competitive products. Good benefits. Great people.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs at the beginning of the year.

    Advice to Management

    When you have massive layoffs, consult the leaders of your departments before cutting their teams -- they have the best insight on who is valuable to keep vs. making cold cuts based on money alone.


  8. Helpful (22)

    "Getting out as soon as I can"

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can deal with all the negative and bad morale, in the end the products we make are very good. It's just a lot of stress to get to that point.

    Cons

    Very bad morale. CEO has poor leadership skills, no people skills and has just been changing and then changing again without giving anything a chance to work. 10% of company (4000 people) being laid off this year. Employees left after layoffs are way overworked. Plans are to send most work to vendors but that will greatly detract from quality but no one seems to care, except the employees closest to developing the product which adds to the bad morale. No one seems to care about much and I think that's what makes people so discontented. Wants company to be digital but everything is done on a shoestring budget. Lots of people are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    The company has deteriorated over the past 4 years. Admit you've messed up. Stop with the crazy austerity measures. We know the company made money so no bonuses for people who had huge years is insane. No raises and no promotions. You've created a negative atmosphere. And saying you don't really care if people leave is pretty weak leadership.


  9. "Be a self-starter"

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    Current Freelancer - Editor
    Current Freelancer - Editor

    Pros

    Flexible work-from-home schedule is great for freelancers.

    Cons

    Low level of communication with outside vendors/freelancers. Seek out the information you need to do your job well.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit input from employees; they have some great ideas!


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Senior Acquisitions Editor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Acquisitions Editor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, kind, talented co-workers
    Great benefits and competitive salary
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    CEO John Fallon has no vision for how to transition the company into the digital age, which has resulted in regular restructurings, constant lay-offs, and poor employee morale. He's completely disconnected from his employees. There's no path for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of John Fallon. He's a cancer to the company.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Senior Acquisitions Editor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. They bring innovation, commitment and creativity to everything they do.

    Cons

    The company is changing and there is no direction for the future. Layers of management are added and people that do the heavy lifting are let go. Those making the decisions for the greater company are so far removed from the products and the customers they are completely misinformed about what matters.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people again, they are what keeps you afloat.