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Pearson Reviews

Updated June 24, 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 105 reviews)

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  1. "Great Team"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team, Great Working Conditions

    Cons

    Salary Rate (Increases), Review Process


  2. "Overall Great"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great facility, 1 mile walking path

    Cons

    Some continued construction noise but it is improving the facility

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenges can turn in to frustrations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive , intelligent colleagues. Sincere desire by corporate leadership to positively transform global education. Easy access to direct management. Allows work-from-home. Generally a transparent organization.

    Cons

    Projects are often understaffed. Long hours are common. Change in job tools seems constant. Very slow to implement needed change to improve efficiency. Corporate puts too much emphasis on peripheral business interests.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on education rather than chasing recognition for diversity and inclusion and promoting loans through Kiva. Expand transparency to include information important to employees, such as salary band ranges.


  4. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. They really are trying to find good educational solutions.

    Cons

    A lot of upheaval as the company tries to navigate its way from being a print publisher to a digital one.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great company going through challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company purpose
    Flexible work environment
    Passionate, intelligent & experienced people
    Opportunities to make a difference internally & externally

    Cons

    Constant org restructuring & layoffs over past 5 years that will continue for coming future
    Constant budget cuts
    Priorities constantly shifting
    Low morale


  6. "Good People Rough Times"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, Friendly employees great atmosphere

    Cons

    Company going through changes many cuts down the road

    Advice to Management

    Make smart decisions


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and there are nice enough people to work with depending on what office location you are in.

    Cons

    Pearson is going though massive cuts and will probably keep gutting departments and talent until they are bought out or split into several small companies. Do not apply to work here unless you accept the fact that you will be looking for new work within 15 months.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all senior management starting with John Fallon and completely start over. Re-emphasize core products and don't buy digital companies to stay with the trend if you have no plan on how to utilize them correctly.

  8. Helpful (25)

    "always changing"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined: diverse company with a good strategy across multiple disciplines that supported its employees well.

    Cons

    None of the above continued after John Fallon took over. I absolutely LOVED this company under Marjorie Scardino.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to begin at the top, but the latest CEO bonus figure vs lack of employee raises (not even cost of living!) says that the company has other values.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Pearson pays men more than women"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pearson makes a pretty good product.

    Cons

    I helped a male friend with no outside sales experience get an interview and helped him prep for that interview. I had 10 years of outside sales experience at the time in the industry and they offered him a $30K higher salary than I was being paid.

    Advice to Management

    Merit pay, not gender pay.


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