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Pearson Reviews

Updated April 25, 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 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (16)

    "always changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (5)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They let you work autonomously - they do not micro manage you. There are lots of opportunities for advancement and movement.

    Cons

    They are executively run very poorly. They are reporting losses every year. The executive management has been in place for over 4 yrs of losses.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to be replaced and high level executive management needs to be changed. In order to get change you need to make change. In order to have a different outcome you need to make different decisions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good money, company takes care of you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. Flexible and understanding company. Truly takes care of their own

    Cons

    Company is in the middle of constant restructuring. Those at the the continue to fail and never see are consistently given more chances while those working hard under them get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Make big changes at the very top.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Still Struggling..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office location, great people

    Cons

    Lack of direction...CEO has a good story but Pearson has been struggling for years to "walk the talk". Morale is low. Lots of change with nothing to really show for it.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great people, terrible strategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and culture, good benefits, work/life balance and flex work from home

    Cons

    company is floundering due to weak leadership, overuse of consultants vs. actual execution, lack of acquisition strategy and challenging markets

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and stop with all the consultants - you have really smart people working for you, let them do their jobs. Also, use your cash to invest in the business, not just pay a nice dividend to shareholders. Finally, stop trying to make the business into one big massive Thing - Bigger is not always better, particularly in a transforming market where you need to be nimble and quick.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Run by a souless corporation, constant layoffs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Various in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Ran by a souless corporation that cares more about stock holders than it's employees. Constant layoffs and restructuring. Poor salaries way below industry standard. Expects current employees to take on multiple roles during layoffs with same pay. Company is in a downward spiral. Senior management treats it's employees like cattle.


  8. "Material handler"

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice staff, weekly pay , two break rooms

    Cons

    not enough work sometimes, not enough euquipment

    Advice to Management

    Get more equipment


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "general review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many experienced, talented co-workers and location

    Cons

    The employee downsizing is constant, leaving those left to shoulder more work


  11. "Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, supportive management and encouraging training

    Cons

    Promotions take forever and the corporate environment makes things go longer than they should.


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