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Pearson Editor Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 108 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. Helpful (5)

    "Dissembled disarray"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very talented co-workers, nice campus, close to Metra

    Cons

    Poor management; little-to-no communication; fumbling, chaotic approach to business; poor market strategy

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on foolish larks and get down to business

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Laid off and miss my job, but not upper management"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Restructuring and uncertainty every few years. I was laid off and just treated like a casualty of restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees who have been loyal to you.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing people but unstable environment"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor
    Former Employee - Copy Editor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team was the best I'd ever been on. HR and lower level managers know how to hire awesome talent. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't understand the value of retaining awesome talent.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that the root of your problems may be at the upper levels of the company's leadership. Stop the layoffs and eat some of the cost to get back on your feet.


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  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 (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.


  9. Helpful (24)

    "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.


  10. "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!