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  • "Work life balance can be a challenge due to the pace of work and expectations placed on employees, in some areas of the organisation(in 66 reviews)

  • "Wish I could say the same for upper management(in 128 reviews)

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  1. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The culture at Pearson is the best I've worked in. The employees are collaborative, supportive, passionate about what they do, and I have yet to see someone's ego make an appearance. Pearson is dedicated to keeping their employees happy and progressing and it's working.

    Cons

    Change is constant and seems to be a difficult thing to implement smoothly and efficiently across all departments and locations.

  2. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything you want in a job. Benefits, great pay, training, great new direction, and amazing leadership.

    Cons

    Very large product line. If you are new to publishing it is a lot to learn. Everyone has told me to give it a year before I feel comfortable. Lots to learn but will be rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many training tools that it is somewhat overwhelming. Sometimes less is more.

  3. Long Term Pearson Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    -The people are great -Freedom to own your work and expand your expertise in many areas -Great Benefits including generous vacation time -Good work life balance

    Cons

    -Multiple reorgs and layoffs have hit over the last 5 years, which creates consistent churn -Career path is vague in many areas -Pay is below what you will find in the market

  4. Helpful (11)

    Used to be a great company with a great mission. Used to be.

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    I think almost every Pearson employee will say that the people at this company are the most amazing people you will ever meet. Most take decidedly lower pay in support of a noble mission. Many, particularly those that have been around for awhile (and by Pearson standards, I am not one of them) only want to work together as a team to promote education around the globe. They are good people and the ONLY reason I gave 2...

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    Cons

    - They're trying to outsource everything. Soon, the only actual Pearson employees will be salespeople and executives. Probably just the executives. Uses the excuse, "we're a global company". - Procurement has too much to say and they make TERRIBLE decisions at that. - Management used to support employees and hard work/loyalty was rewarded. The newest rash of execs that have been hired are just unpleasant, aggressive...

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    Advice to Management

    Those in the corner offices should ask directors and below what is really happening on the ground before there is no one of any value left to do the work or fulfill the mission. And it's time to stop hiring savages from big, soulless corporations for your executive team. No one has confidence in them. They've ruined morale, make terrible decisions and don't inspire anyone. Every re-org results in one of them destroying...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good and Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pearson for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance and ability to be promoted.

    Cons

    Layoffs and re-orgs have run this company too lean. No training what so ever. Sink or swim atmosphere.

  6. Helpful (4)

    squeezing the efficiency out of every dollar and reducing quality to get back on financial track

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    Former Employee - Editorial 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Has the benefits of a large organization, if you can get hired and stay hired

    Cons

    Constant reorganization means any job is iffy unless you are in the right network at the time. Migration of nearly all editorial quality and production tasks to low paid resources in other countries (with iffy politics and in particular oppress women.)

    Advice to Management

    Read and resolve to be your mission statement

  7. Helpful (2)

    Nice people

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    You can WFH and they are pretty flexible. They adopt new technology.

    Cons

    Slow growth. Low bonuses. It's hard to get a promotion.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Health benefits, not much else

    Cons

    Goals not received until sales cycle is over, absolutely terrible finance team and tracking/reporting of sales, micromanagement, constantly changing bonus structure, nepotism, tunnel vision of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, be more transparent, improve reporting and goal setting, be more proactive rather than reactive

  9. Great Mission, Great Customers, Great Teammates!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Pearson is headed in the right direction under superb leadership at the highest levels. The content of the products, text books both print and electronic) are world class due to the effectively excellent work of authors, editors, and many community contributors. Technical teams make well-led and coordinated improvements all the time. Overall, Pearson has truly wonderful people to work with, both teammates and customers!

    Cons

    Pearson continues to work on internal systems.

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate more, even when not all the details are known. Working on a team that is not aware of the team's direction for months on end is very demotivating. Please read Multipliers! and implement Scrum!!!

  10. Helpful (4)

    A publishing/education company struggling to be a technology company

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Few competitors and long contracts with customers

    Cons

    Not recruiting and retaining enough talent. Far too many people waiting to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Cut unproductive staff and bring in fresh talent. Stop outsourcing. You get what you pay for.

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