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Updated July 25, 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. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Content Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Content Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great business organization with many opportunities for new products.

    Cons

    A few individuals in managerial positions are not interested in improving the business.

    Advice to Management

    Take measures to accurately evaluate all employees' performance, including administrative and managerial positions.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "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.

  3. "Started Out Great"

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    Former Employee - Test Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Test Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule
    Great Benefits
    Advancement Opportunities
    On-the-Job Technology Training

    Cons

    Demanding Workload
    Frequent Reorganizations
    Work/Life Balance
    Process and Program Changes


  4. "A company with a positive future"

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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

    Pros

    Great location, benefits, communication, people.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring weakening employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lines of communication open.


  5. "paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    great place to work like family

    Cons

    indecicive management structure on top


  6. "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Digital leader in education space.

    Cons

    Digital sales also took many hours to service in their field, particularly at the start of the semester. The servicing hours took away time to sell.

    Advice to Management

    Provide top rate support options. Use Apple's "Genius Bar" as an example and allow professors to schedule time with customer support.


  7. "PIM Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and location
    Decent maternity and paternity leave for U.S.
    Generous benefits including PTO, medical, 401k, etc.
    Company culture embraces diversity and innovation

    Cons

    The wage compensation is slightly under industry average

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding, challenging, fun and stressful"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendships, benefits. Ability to work from home, manager your own schedule. The people at Pearson is what makes it wonderful. So much collaboration and trust.

    Cons

    Restructuring. Pearson has gone through multiple restructures over the course of 4 years. It's important to change and adapt to the industry; however change must be strategic and the business should be understood.


  9. "Pearson Higher Ed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global footprint working on the transition from print to digital and personalized, adaptive learning.

    Cons

    Reorg fatigue from various company-wide downsizing efforts. Poor morale in parts of the company.

    Advice to Management

    The global enabling functions (HR, Finance and IT) are still quite disabling. This desperately needs improvement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No room for growth!!!"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, they use to start with Day 1 benefits, now they make people wait, they match 401 (k), education assistance, and choices of medical benefits. That is all they have amazing.

    Cons

    Raise is 1% a year and that is if your manager likes you. Favoritism exist in this place, there is no room for growth. They will place you in an entry-level position with a bad pay, even if you have a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favoritism, and start paying your employees as you should. There is too many sneaky things happening in this company, and start valuing your partners.


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