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Pearson Product Manager Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (24)

    "always changing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Not the same company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people--Lots of changes"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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!


  5. Helpful (22)

    "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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great employees that have tons of experience.

    Cons

    The company is having some financial difficulties and has recently laid off 4,000 people.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Too unstable of a company"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work in latest tech stack and lots of encouragement to learn and grow.

    Cons

    The company has laid off many employees and many are leaving on their own. Work is constantly disrupted with missing resources and reorganization of the company. Leaving the vision unstable and unclear. Many teams end up delivering completely unusable software as a result.
    It will be a rocky road at the company for some time to come.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pearson - in for the long haul"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stay if you are in for the long haul, decent pay and HR benefits

    Cons

    No transparency, stock is at an all-time low, they have no recent vision for PD

    Advice to Management

    Please be transparent with the communications and coordinate the layoffs better


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Always Coping"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New Britain, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New Britain, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -the people at Pearson are great. I've made life-long friends at Pearson
    -the benefits are great, if a bit expensive, and of course they get better the longer you're there (more vacation days)
    -great locations

    Cons

    -endless restructuring over at least the past 5 years
    -people are let go and no announcements are made. Basically they just let those left behind slowly figure it out
    -no team spirit. Everyone wants to protect what little remains of their little fiefdoms at the expense of cooperation across groups
    -the employee self-assessment process is a joke and has been retooled endlessly over the past several years. Currently no one can get more than a 3 out of 5 unless you're getting that person a promotion
    -the culture and values of the company as expressed on paper are not what is experienced in everyday life there anymore, they're just slogans that mean nothing

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to what the employees have to say
    -Be honest with them, but not months ahead of time so that people become paranoid. Announcing layoffs in December and then saying you don't know much more than that doesn't do anything for morale or productivity.