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Updated December 4, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 110 reviews)

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  1. "Worst management I have ever seen"

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

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

    Pros

    decent salary, some work from home, very smart co-workers

    Cons

    layoffs, never getting bonus, management throws team members under bus

    Advice to Management

    hire within, trust employees who have been there longer than you


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Was once great"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits package, good 401(k) match.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs, upper management can't seem to make up their minds and it has destroyed the morale of the worker bees. They were into at least their 3rd (if not 4th) reorg within a 5-6 year span. The fatigue and wondering "are we next?" just gets old.
    Outsourcing a few years ago, while I'm sure helping the bottom line with lower salaries, has eliminated any efficiencies. It now takes multiple touches and communications to get what were once simple inquiries rectified, if you're lucky the first time around; Accounts Payable has become a quagmire.
    Multiple years of 0-1% annual merit increases, no bonus payouts, and lack of promotion opportunities (see constant reorgs) made the place a losing position in trying to advance in life.
    On a personal level, my out-of-town manager was in town for meetings for 3 consecutive days and not once stopped by to even say 'hello'. Terrible people person skills.

    Advice to Management

    You can only squeeze the turnip so much.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Dead end job"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initially I thought this would be a great work environment and was eager to learn new things.

    Cons

    A lot of cliques. They promote who they like or favorites. There's no real growth here. Terrible management. Way too much office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers. Give employees tools, training and development and real opportunities for growth.


  4. "It was temporary"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor

    Pros

    Can't really think of a pro aside from having an income.

    Cons

    Managers either were completely hands off with no backbone. Or over bearing, by giving you a call immediately after ending the previous call. 30 minute lunch with nothing close by and an over priced cafe.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Term of Project Production Editor"

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    Former Employee - Production Editor in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Production Editor in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working alongside experienced professionals. These employees knew their stuff, cared about their project, and each other. A superb working environment, designed to result in first-class products.

    Cons

    The constant re-orgs by a clueless parent company broke spirits, lost employees, and produced sub-par products. Pearson is frequently in the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Act on what you know, and accept what you do not. The U.S. team was a jewel. Your lack of understanding and appreciation has negatively impacted the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be better"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and PTO. Some positions allow remote work or split time between the office/remote which is great when you have kids.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring and layoffs the past few years leads to no security. No advancement opportunities. In the current climate, lateral moves are not really possible either as so many positions have been eliminated, and when people leave voluntarily, those positions are not necessarily getting backfilled.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about what is happening. Open up resources so you can accomplish what you need to do.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sluggish and backwards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many smart people working at the individual contributor level and also many line managers.
    Working in education has a feel-good effect.

    Cons

    Senior management and executives have no idea what they are doing. The reorgs are constant and poorly justified. A strategy is non-existent or so poorly articulated that it isn't clear how to get from here to there. Still has the mindset and processes of a book publisher even though they say they are a "technology" company.

    Advice to Management

    2/3rds of the senior management needs to go including the CEO and CIO then find some talent that actually knows something about running a technology company instead of paying consultant after consultant to tell you how to do your job.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid, avoid, avoid."

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    I honestly think Pearson is trying to just improve stockholders earnings and not build a strong company. It sells off assets and lays off workers. It pays employees way, way below average in every part of the system. Managers are not trained in any way and for the most part, have no idea how to prioritize and instead just micromanage.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the company like a knowledge company, not like it is stuck in the industrial revolution.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "The Titanic - It's going down..."

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No pros. I had a horrible work-life balance and apparently was not valued in my position at all.

    Cons

    I had a long career at Pearson - Stellar sales performance, Several promotions; And was laid off without any inkling that it was coming my way. Educational publishing is a sinking ship - It's an industry problem. If you're looking for a stable career, Pearson is not where you should be looking - Trust me.

    Advice to Management

    I was laid-off, while another employee with less tenure and sub-par sales performance to me was kept on to take over my duties, as well as their own. How was that decision made...? Exactly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Company has changed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -World class Authors
    -Lots of new technology
    -Many employees are passionate about learning

    Cons

    -Lack of upward mobility
    -No departmental collaboration
    -Lack of cultural diversity
    -Micromangers

    Advice to Management

    Promote quality employees from within. The new President of North America is actually making major strides.


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