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Updated February 23, 2018
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 58 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    "As a former employee,, management was always in your corner and work with you to succeed."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People and good benefits, along with work life balance. Able to work with other teams and be challenged to move ahead in your career

    Cons

    A number of organization changes but aside from that, not much the company needs to improve on as change can bring fresh ideas

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work with employees to help them grow

    Pearson Response

    Feb 1, 2018 – Digital Engagement Manager

    Thank you for leaving your honest review of your time at our company. We pride ourselves on offering our employees great benefits and strive to have a flexible work environment with opportunities for... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. QA Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work balance. Work from home options

    Cons

    Everything is offshore now a days

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Transformation Continues ..."

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

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

    Pros

    Constant change leads to loads of learning and being part of solution building. The company is finally starting to realize they need to provide opportunities for employees' self-development and other more advanced development opportunities. Industry standard (or better) benefits, including 3 days off each year for volunteer/community service projects.

    Cons

    The company is going through a major transformation of its enabling function, so finance and HR processes are convoluted and difficult to navigate for the non-EF employees, and this creates extra work for EF employees. Systems landscape is complex and requires lots of work arounds but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Transformation also = redundancies (ongoing for the past few years), and while this is necessary it causes a lot of stress and the teams are experiencing extreme change fatigue.


  4. "Good people, challenging environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Cared about kids and education.

    Cons

    in 2015, Pearson had lots of turmoil and it was a difficult place to work.


  5. "Enrollment Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Love helping and working with students. Great medical benefits.

    Cons

    Company has kind of lost its way. They no longer look to employees for feedback. No longer empower employees to make positive change. Middle management has no power to make changes either. Lead generation/quality is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what the made the company successful.... listen to your employees! Stop giving generic answers like work harder, make more calls, do more with less.


  6. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Some roles allow flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    Some of the senior leadership team is old fashioned and do not support flexible working arrangements and work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    There are a few members of senior management that do not support progressive management styles. Good people are leaving the organization in order to get better opportunities. for advancement and work life balance.


  7. "Specialist"

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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

    Pearson offers quality products to sell.

    Cons

    A lot of recent changes with company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, but lacking growth and direction"

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Benefits include 8% 401(k) company match (100% for the first 3 percent and then 50% up to 8 percent of your contribution), tuition assistance, and good healthcare/dental. My mentors are great and very understanding when flex time is needed.

    Cons

    No current opportunities for growth. Executive leadership does not connect with/understand what goes on among the teams doing the real work. Lack of true mission and direction.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Major Transformation and market under pressure"

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Education mission is honorable.
    Flexibility.
    Co-workers.
    Large company, there are many opportunities to make a difference.
    Long term prospects still look good.

    Cons

    Difficult but necessary restructuring and reductions.
    Uncertainty. It is a difficult time to work at Pearson.
    Failure to retain or value internal talent.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your people how they will be a part of the future.
    Build an authentic culture and put your key initiatives in the hands of your people. Not just vendors.


  10. "Nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - ELA Assessment Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ELA Assessment Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart friendly people who treat you with respect.

    Cons

    The work can get tedious at times.


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