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Updated July 18, 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 104 reviews)

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  1. "Great Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (15)

    "Good work/life balance, but at the cost of bad management and sexism"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very good work/life balance (except my department gets no summer hours like the rest of the company)
    -Health and dental benefits are great ($2000 max for dental, which is unheard of)
    -Downtown office, so it's close to a lot of public transportation

    Cons

    I can't speak for every department in Boston, but mine is teeming with sexism and sexual harassment. Complaining to HR about it means you're next on the list when layoffs come around (and they've been coming every year for the past three) or you're threatened with no raise/promotion/reference. If a complaint is made, there's a lot of male posturing and defensiveness about the way they treat women (a lot of condescension about how they don't look down on women when it's very clear that they treat women inferior to men). I don't wear any revealing clothing, but I'm tired of being told it's still my fault and a male coworker "just can't help it" if he stares too long at my legs, chest, or butt. Doesn't help that the men are all socially awkward creeps.

    Beside that, management doesn't care about its employees and there's a lot of conflict avoidant situations or defensiveness if you ask any questions. They promote managers based on seniority rather than ability, so it's a lot of "new" managers or managers who don't want to be managers, which means it's a nightmare to work under them. A LOT of micromanaging.

    Salaries and raises are also laughable. They don't seem to understand that a raise in cost of living in Boston, a HCOL area, is more than half a paycheck (for a year). Forget getting a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the rampant sexism. Stop letting your favorites get away with bad work and punishing good workers. Stop hiding from complaints because they might hurt your feelings and LISTEN to your employees. There's a reason there's such high turnover, and it's because you don't care or listen to our concerns.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding, challenging, fun and stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendships, benefits. Ability to work from home, manager your own schedule. The people at Pearson is what makes it wonderful. So much collaboration and trust.

    Cons

    Restructuring. Pearson has gone through multiple restructures over the course of 4 years. It's important to change and adapt to the industry; however change must be strategic and the business should be understood.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Admissions Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great health care benefits and time off. You are allowed to choose your own schedule within the confines of certain rules.

    Cons

    It has become nothing more than a call center in a for profit environment. Not what is was when I started 3 years ago. Lots of favoritism. They are losing quality advisors but don't seem to care. Salaries a poor compared to similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is very low with the changes implemented due to ridiculous statistical expectations. Review salaries and make them more competitive!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enrollment advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent compensation package

    Cons

    Micro management and metrics high
    High pressure to meet numbers not focused enough on whats best for the students

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on actually helping students and less on nonsensical metrics that set unrealistic goals


  7. "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.

  8. "Scorer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Scorer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Scorer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for those looking to rack up as much overtime as possible, they almost always offer it.

    Cons

    Not steady work, works better as a go to when in between jobs or looking to supplement part-time service industry job. Can be stressful.


  9. "Great company to work for !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Hoboken, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Technology company that is innovative and always changing so if you like change this job is for you. Working within the HR department gives you the opportunity to work in teams and creatively. Also has an alternative work schedule option where you can work remotely. Most of the meetings are through Google hangouts so it gives a nice personal but innovative touch.

    Cons

    Lower pay than most

    Advice to Management

    Better training and orientation


  10. "Was 5 stars, no longer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Professional Scorer in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Freelancer - Professional Scorer in Bowling Green, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Work from home.
    2. Extreme flexibility when it comes to scheduling hours.
    3. Adequate training and good resources to help score accurately.
    4. Decent pay and incentives.

    Cons

    1. "Projects" as Pearson calls them only come up a few times a year.
    2. A project lasts about a month, so there isn't a lot of money to be made.
    3. You can't count on being hired or even qualifying for a project.
    AND WORST OF ALL...
    4. They are apparently hiring too many people. I was on a project that
         ended today. BUT, it was not supposed to end until June 23. There
         are too many people working on it. I guess they love finishing 2 weeks
         early, but I do not love losing out on 2 weeks pay.

    Advice to Management

    You really need to pare down the workforce and use your most qualified scorers.
    I am very disappointed that this project ended early.


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