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Updated September 25, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men (in 119 reviews)

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  1. "Good potential, but lacks culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used Agile Best Practices
    Good Benefits
    Continued Education Opportunity

    Cons

    Lacked Office Culture
    Old School Managerial Style
    Not Encouraged to "Be Curious"

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to venture outside their lanes once in a while and promote curiosity.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "A nightmare I wish to never repeat."

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    Former Contractor - Senior Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Senior Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was senior technology leadership, and I'm not going to say anymore, on the off chance that one of my old bosses sees this.

    I worked with some truly amazing people. Technically they were on point, it was like a confluence of rock stars. Personalities were also awesome, it's very rare that you can say you like 95% or more of the people you work with. There's a huge contingency of people who have worked with the company for 10, 15, or 20 years in senior management and technology roles, which says something about what the culture used to be.

    Technology wise, we worked on the newest, biggest, and baddest available. Amazon Web Services, MarkLogic, Alfresco CMS, and a host of other specialized tools around testing, authoring, security and multiple other applications.

    Cons

    Their tag line is often made fun of by customers as "Always earning," and it's true. They're spending like crazy on updating the tech stack, but nickel and dime the people side of the equation. This includes massive amounts of layoffs, especially of skilled workers like software developers, tech leads, etc. At this point they're so understaffed with these folks they have no ability to keep up with the workload, and they're simply not paying enough to attract good talent. Add in the fact that they currently prefer contractors over making anyone perm in a bizarre attempt to cut costs, and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Advice to Management

    John Fallon is a bad CEO and started a lot of these issues. Your cutbacks in salary make little sense, and your layoffs are random. The sense of chaos and fear is palpable, but could be abated with more skilled professionals. Offloading the work of two to four folks on one capable person is a horrible idea no matter how much it saves you, as it engenders resentment, because 60+ hours a week is abnormal. Make your senior key employees permanent instead of keeping them as hourly consultants with no PTO/benefits for years and no update on what's happening with their career. Don't require people with families to relocate in order to keep their job when they've been established in a branch office for years.

    If you keep running your company this way, the amount of time you've been in business won't matter.

  3. Helpful (29)

    "always changing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good work-life balance
    -not much politics at the lower levels
    -mostly female middle managers and they care about being good managers
    -mostly good people who want to do a good job 9-5
    -great location (Copley Square)
    -if you are someone that wants to work sincerely, but not super crazy like in a tech startup, this is a good place
    -despite the bad rap Pearson gets, some products are really cool and there are some very smart people who work there

    Cons

    -upper management is men. Folks, if you believe the glass ceiling doesn't exist in corporate America, come to Pearson.. where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men!
    -upper management is clueless and arrogant
    -hire managers from outside instead of promoting the ones in the company
    -frat boy culture in upper management
    -strategy keeps changing (read--no strategy)

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire frat boys to lead this company. Promote the women in your organization. There's something rotting in Pearson and it is probably you.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Not the same company"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very passionate about what they do

    Cons

    It's almost too big to get things done. It's such a corporate giant that it's impossible to make decisions without getting approval from 20 different people

    Management also seems to have forgotten that great employees are what made Pearson such a great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the little guys -- morale is rough (and has been for a few years now)


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Future"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Leadership has an exciting (challenging) vision for the future. Priorities are in order.

    Cons

    We still spend too much time sorting our internal processes compared to solving customer problems.

    Advice to Management

    Operational process is irreplaceable.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people--Lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful and supportive people. I worked with my best friends--and the discounts on product were really great.

    Cons

    There was a lot of red tape and it was a hard organization to navigate. They are a large company and the different divisions are confusing. They also changed branding every few years and let go of a lot of senior women when the new CEO (Fallon) came on board.

    Advice to Management

    More career advancement and more competitive pay.


  7. "Manager Product Infromation"

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    Former Employee - Manager Product Information in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager Product Information in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pearson does have great benefits if you are full time.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work across time zones!

  8. Helpful (23)

    "Sinking Chaotic Ship"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good education products
    Company with many diverse education businesses

    Cons

    Constant chaos
    Infighting
    Constant re-orgs
    Slow to make decisions
    Some top execs that need to move on

    Advice to Management

    Laying off 4000 people was a mistake; not only did you lose significant talent, but now more people are walking out the door.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be a great place"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and generous vacation.

    Cons

    Constant organizational change and poorly executed communication and roll out of changes.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Tailoring Engineer - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Product Tailoring Engineer - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leader in the industry with lots of different products and opportunities. Well established world wide organization. They have many quality products.

    Cons

    Huge company that at times lays off large groups of employees. As a large company many time the messages for improvement never get to the decision makers and change can be slow and volatile.

    Advice to Management

    Less buying and selling smaller companies. I was part of a company that was acquired by Pearson and then laid of when they sold another product line.