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Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 49 reviews)

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

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice and helpful with any questions. Company offers great benefits and work from home opportunity.

    Cons

    Communication from management needs to be improved.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    Secure Job
    Worked with the best in the industry
    Many Resources
    Amazing intellectual capacity on teams

    Cons

    Executive Leadership
    Old model in changing business
    Unrealistic expectations from Management

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and let them do their jobs. Stop running skeleton teams. Cutting jobs to save money is hurting the company. Very few growth opportunities for women and people of color.

  3. Helpful (24)

    "Good work/life balance, but at the cost of bad management and sexism"

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

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

    Pros

    -Very good work/life balance (except my department gets no summer hours like the rest of the company)
    -Health and dental benefits are great ($2000 max for dental, which is unheard of)
    -Downtown office, so it's close to a lot of public transportation

    Cons

    I can't speak for every department in Boston, but mine is teeming with sexism and sexual harassment. Complaining to HR about it means you're next on the list when layoffs come around (and they've been coming every year for the past three) or you're threatened with no raise/promotion/reference. If a complaint is made, there's a lot of male posturing and defensiveness about the way they treat women (a lot of condescension about how they don't look down on women when it's very clear that they treat women inferior to men). I don't wear any revealing clothing, but I'm tired of being told it's still my fault and a male coworker "just can't help it" if he stares too long at my legs, chest, or butt. Doesn't help that the men are all socially awkward creeps.

    Beside that, management doesn't care about its employees and there's a lot of conflict avoidant situations or defensiveness if you ask any questions. They promote managers based on seniority rather than ability, so it's a lot of "new" managers or managers who don't want to be managers, which means it's a nightmare to work under them. A LOT of micromanaging.

    Salaries and raises are also laughable. They don't seem to understand that a raise in cost of living in Boston, a HCOL area, is more than half a paycheck (for a year). Forget getting a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the rampant sexism. Stop letting your favorites get away with bad work and punishing good workers. Stop hiding from complaints because they might hurt your feelings and LISTEN to your employees. There's a reason there's such high turnover, and it's because you don't care or listen to our concerns.


  4. "Global corporation undergoing substantial change"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with some positive potential once major restructuring is complete.

    Cons

    Rapid change has resulted in much restructuring and company performance has struggled.


  5. "Curriculum Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Colleagues are amazing.

    Cons

    No potential for growth. High turn over. Lack of flexibility in home/work balance. Pay does not meet with market standards.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training, work from home opportunities, chances for career growth/development and competitive salaries. People need to feel valued and like they have a chance to advance their careers.


  6. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people working together. We work hard and play hard

    Cons

    There were a lot of management changes


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring and flexible. Good benefits. Large corporation

    Cons

    Slow progress to higher levels

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Experience! I Miss My Job!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent working conditions, opportunity to advance, challenging and interesting work. I loved working for Pearson and would have stayed until retirement.

    Cons

    Too many changes, too fast, without warning. Continuous layoffs. I think Pearson should have trained or guided their employees towards the training they would need to keep their jobs. Keeping dedicated employees on would have made transition smoother. I was a long time employee. Having a lot of difficulty finding a full time position after layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication needed from upper management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project M in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project M in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, summer Fridays, flexible work hours, able to work from home

    Cons

    No real place for advancement, unstable company, stocks are down the drain, no career stability. Not a place to work if you ever want to buy a house or make a long term financial invest,emt/


  10. "Enrollment advisor.. good job overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay. Good benefits that start day one. You reveive a lot of paid time off and paid holidays.

    Cons

    Depends on the manager you have in terms of daily routine and stress. I am very lucky and have a great manager so i really enjoy the job. That can't be said for all teams.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency. There has been constant change of expectations, which is understandable in a rapidly growing industry, but the transparency needs to improve across all employess not just upper management to be successful.


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