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Updated April 22, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (15)

    "always changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Still Struggling..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office location, great people

    Cons

    Lack of direction...CEO has a good story but Pearson has been struggling for years to "walk the talk". Morale is low. Lots of change with nothing to really show for it.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great people, terrible strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and culture, good benefits, work/life balance and flex work from home

    Cons

    company is floundering due to weak leadership, overuse of consultants vs. actual execution, lack of acquisition strategy and challenging markets

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and stop with all the consultants - you have really smart people working for you, let them do their jobs. Also, use your cash to invest in the business, not just pay a nice dividend to shareholders. Finally, stop trying to make the business into one big massive Thing - Bigger is not always better, particularly in a transforming market where you need to be nimble and quick.


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  5. "Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, supportive management and encouraging training

    Cons

    Promotions take forever and the corporate environment makes things go longer than they should.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working for this company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Program Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Program Manager in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Worked through many different positions, in the end was in a great position. Was able to manage contract from my home office

    Cons

    Constant reorgnization, lack of communication


  7. "Great company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, allow us to work from home twice a week, generous with bonuses, home/work balance is honored and valued, love my team!

    Cons

    The company is now going through a rough patch and has made several layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    When you layoff a group of people, take into consideration who are the hardest workers, not just location.


  8. "Never a Dull Moment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Old Tappan, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Old Tappan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Changes, becoming a lot more Formalized ERP's HR & Financial processes

    Cons

    Revenue and performance are not improving as fast as we would like

    Advice to Management

    The turn over is making things a lot more difficult


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Embarrassed to say I work for Pearson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Previous incredible company. Employees were proud to work for Pearson, at one time took great care and concern for their employees. Again, previously. Great parking structure, great break rooms, awesome peers, clean bathrooms, decent benefits, decent vending machines, printers, lovely elevators, hard working, loyal bottom feeder employees, bright, intelligent bee workers. A couple management and AD kind, hard working, funny, but are concerned with only shedding the limelight on themselves. Lovely regular people waiting to make a difference.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, constant reorg, revolving door of upper management, no consistency, Embanet rules change day by day to benefit company, 1% raise or ZERO if you are not a brown noser, workers are pigeon holed, very, very little opportunity for promotion, can be targeted as problematic if you voice concern about lack of leadership, facade of importance, grandios ego with Senior management, HR means well, but has not a clue, lack of honestly, lack of vision, can only see how to fill senior management and shareholders pockets, lack of concern and regard for loyal hard working employees, low, low paying hourly even with advanced degrees, does not share changes with in the company with employees until the moment they come into play, new management come and go, senior management have ability to work remote, senior management allotted better benefits, additional PTO and enormous salaries and very good annual compensation. Run. Don't look back. This company previously, was wonderful, respected, under great Directors and senior management, but now it is sad quite, like being in grade school and being pushed around by the insecure bullies of the playground. One can only hope this company can find the basic principles it was once had.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to promote yourselfs as being the elite of the company. You are there to do a job, not to strut around like you are a Koch Brother, you are nothing near or even remote caliber of those individuals. Do your job, get a clue, gain some morals, principals and get off your pretend high horse. Recognize the little people for their abilities rather than being afraid, intimidated, by them. Belittling them only shows your true colors. John Fallon, have you no shame? You were once so, caring, charismatic, respected and admired. Larry Singer should be put in a corner with a dunce cap.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Custom Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Awesome people, great work hours

    Cons

    Never know when teams will be let go


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Higher Ed Services being run into the ground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are wonderful, most of your colleagues are incredibly smart and talented, flexible work options, good work-life balance, company has great values even though it doesn't always translate locally

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch leading to high turnover, there's a lot of hiring of friends and unqualified people, morale is so low and management pretends there are no problems, pay is not competitive for industry

    Advice to Management

    Value your people and develop those with talent and get rid of those without. Everybody sees the building on fire except for you.



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