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Updated August 13, 2018
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  • "You can forget about work/life balance because it doesn't exist here" (in 62 reviews)

  • "where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men" (in 123 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and experiment with new Technologies. Flexibility on working from home.

    Cons

    Higher management needs better direction on how to make Pearson a Tech company

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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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

    Pros

    Caring, dedicated and talented co-workers. The best benefits, period. Very dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion policies. UX and Accessibility highly regarded in the company at this point.

    Cons

    Used to be a vibrant and exciting corporation but reorganization efforts, layoffs and building reconfigurations have tarnished the experience. Wasted internal talent and opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to internal talent first before seeking outside solutions or at least seek opinions of internal experts before contracting outside development agencies or offshore cut-rate vendors.


  4. "Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and lost of time off

    Cons

    low pay, takes a long time to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    promote more from within


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Once upon a time this was a desireable company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, autonomy, ability to influence key decisions, upward mobility, open communication and candid dialogue is encouraged. Ability to seek out other opportunities within the company. Access to worthy training courses and tools thanks to it’s huge inventory of content.

    Cons

    Too diversified now in it’s key functions. Has lost sight of original passion and goal of education first. As company has constricted, it has lost good, loyal employees and moved to more out-sourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that loyal, experienced employees helped build the company and create the notable brand it has become. No amount of out-sourcing, no matter how much money can be saved, can maintain Pearsons reputation in the industry. At some point the trade-off will yield loss of clients as companies realize competitors are more than capable of providing the same, if not better service without the volatility of company turmoil and tremendous turnover.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Loved Coworkers, Poor Morale"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits , Competitive pay ,Amazing coworkers

    Cons

    High-stress environment , high turnover at times

    Advice to Management

    Build up and appreciate your good employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, KY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, london location, interesting

    Cons

    low pay and demotivated management

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on skills and determination not on knowledge

  8. "Sales representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company that always puts employees first.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about the company


  9. "Copyeditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours; good benefits, including holiday time, personal time, and sick time; regular updates from the higher-ups gave a sense of inclusion in a large company.

    Cons

    The project I worked on was outside the scope of the overall company and it sometimes felt like we were isolated from the rest of Pearson.

    Advice to Management

    I had great managers within my office; all were very communicative and encouraged learning and growth.


  10. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Good people and flexible environment

    Cons

    Leadership is equipped to lead legacy businesses, but not clear if they can lead future ones


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