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Pearson Reviews

Updated Sep 11, 2019

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Pearson CEO John Fallon
John Fallon
1,233 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance- I don't clock in after work hours and this was important to me(in 311 reviews)

  • "Great part time work from home gig(in 260 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Questions about the company"

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great place to work

    Cons

    Things change regularly, and there is a lot that you are responsible for on a day to day. One will need good organization skills to keep up.

    Pearson2019-09-05
  2. "Smart team and good projects"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A smart and talented team with interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    No lunch or breakfast provided

    Pearson2019-09-05
  3. "Great products, great people, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pride in representing quality resources for educators. Positive work culture. Fair compensation. Many learning opportunities. Amazing colleagues. Fun job.

    Cons

    There is a need to streamline systems and make them easier. There has been too much focus lately on numbers over keeping quality people happy, and doing what makes sense. Finance is running an education company, and that's not right.

    Advice to Management

    Making your hardworking people feel like they are replaceable cogs is never a good strategy for maintaining loyalty and morale.

    Pearson2019-09-02
  4. "Professional Scorer"

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    Former Employee - Professional Scorer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employees all have college degrees and are educated and interesting to talk to

    Cons

    The work can be tedious and repetitive

    Advice to Management

    The best managers are the ones you want to work for. My managers were good listeners.

    Pearson2019-08-26
  5. "Pearson undergoing significant change and reorganization."

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    Former Employee - Executive Portfolio Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people at Pearson are THE BEST! The company is focused on producing high quality education products and they provide the needed support to accomplish that goal.

    Cons

    The biggest downside to Pearson is that they have been in a constant state of reorganization for at least five years. The are moving the company to a "One Pearson" approach, as Pearson grew by acquisition. As a result, there have been huge layoffs and reduction in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the constant layoffs. You have lost a large number of great individuals and have also lost the innovative spirit along the way. Let things settle for a bit and let the staff have some feeling of security.

    Pearson2019-08-26
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be."

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    Former Employee - National Sales Representative in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Layoffs frequent, solid potential, but it will take some time to get back to where they once were.

    Pearson2019-09-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sales at Pearson"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great flexibility as far as working around personal life.

    Cons

    company instability. Pearson just cut much of their marketing and salesforce.

    Pearson2019-09-03
  8. "Great Culture and Learning Experience - Troubled Decision Making"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great Benefits: Work from Home, Insurance, Phone, etc. - Great Culture - Great People

    Cons

    - Lack of Opportunity for Growth - Frequent Layoffs - Fragmented Decision Making that leads to poor business outcomes and decisions - Fragmented Management - Siloed Departments - Lack of collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your talent, and know doing something the same way for 20 years and expecting a different outcome doesn't work.

    Pearson2019-08-20
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company Undergoing Identity Crisis"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good co-workers, generally friendly relations between departments.

    Cons

    Multiple re-orgs have created concern among groups and paralyzed progress since everyone has been waiting to know who will stay or go, or how they will be included in the new organization. The environment has become increasingly political, which it was not years before. People bully each other in meetings, walk out of difficult conversations or verbally intimidate each other. It is a climate of visibility and... favoritism. Upper management is working on this, but not fast enough. Too many important decisions are pushed upward with an expectation that everything will be managed down, instead of being managed up. Due to a year or so of shifting priorities, people end up in roles more by luck of the draw than actual assessment of their ability.

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of difficult people, they are harming morale and creating fear. Have more open communication. Make roles and expectations clearer.

    Pearson2019-08-29
  10. "Okay Part time Gig"

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    Current Employee - Test Scorer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work from home. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    work is not guarantee. Very low pay.

    Pearson2019-08-26
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