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Pearson Reviews

Updated June 23, 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 105 reviews)

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  1. "Good People Rough Times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, Friendly employees great atmosphere

    Cons

    Company going through changes many cuts down the road

    Advice to Management

    Make smart decisions


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and there are nice enough people to work with depending on what office location you are in.

    Cons

    Pearson is going though massive cuts and will probably keep gutting departments and talent until they are bought out or split into several small companies. Do not apply to work here unless you accept the fact that you will be looking for new work within 15 months.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all senior management starting with John Fallon and completely start over. Re-emphasize core products and don't buy digital companies to stay with the trend if you have no plan on how to utilize them correctly.


  3. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I liked my peers and they were talented.

    Cons

    Management lacked focus and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    The best managers are not always the most talented project managers or developers.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Good start, went downhill FAST."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay work life balance.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Awful management.
    Senior Leadership has no idea what they are doing
    Senior leadership are not close with any of their workers
    No room for promotion or career growth
    Bad compensation compared to market trends
    Do your job, don't be imaginative, decent is good enough.
    Don't cost the company money, they need money.
    Senior leadership appoints their friends to positions that they aren't qualified for, so product quality and team morale goes downhill.
    Management cares about saving face rather than doing the right thing for their client base.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to actually be empathetic. Senior leadership sits in their corner offices dictating the day to day and small minutiae of what is done. They would rather make their department "look good" than have their employees actually be happy. Leadership does not exude an air of respect, constant BS is being spouted by VP's and leadership of the creative department when they don't actually know what they're talking about. They say they're be ing transparent with being anything but. Start caring more about your employees and the work you're doing and less about your paychecks and then maybe you'll actually be liked by the education community. Also please work on your culture, it is awful. I much more preferred to work from home than EVER come into the office because nobody says hi to each other, everyone avoids eye contact and you are piled with so much work and expected to just "do it all" with no compensation increase. I've had 3 coworkers leave in the past month and I have had to take on all their work and there was never a hint of compensation bonuses.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Not the same company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very passionate about what they do

    Cons

    It's almost too big to get things done. It's such a corporate giant that it's impossible to make decisions without getting approval from 20 different people

    Management also seems to have forgotten that great employees are what made Pearson such a great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the little guys -- morale is rough (and has been for a few years now)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent office location. Nice people. Opportunity to learn and move into new positions.

    Cons

    Extremely complex environment. Feels like management doesn't value employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "ADHD Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Tappan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Tappan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They make great educational products, and employees are truly passionate about education and ed services. The bad press about Common Core is all politics and undeserved.

    Cons

    Management seems to endlessly change their minds on how to run the business. Not enough sincere attention paid to employee development. Staff cutbacks result in skeleton staffing levels and employees work to exhaustion.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great services and products, Decent work/home life balance

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations and layoffs. Compensation and goals/quota finalized and provided mid year. Everyone just positioning themselves for the next round of layoffs and reorganizations.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees as well as the customer. Pearson is not too big to fail.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with diverse teams under pressure. Some amazing people work here.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours with little moral or monetary compensation. Responsibilities and duties are added constantly without support. Everybody either runs around like a chicken with it's head cut off or they do nothing at all. A very political place to work, it's who you know, not how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    When adopting new business trends you need to not just implement them but see them through. The minimal effort put into changes results in the company being able to say they have adopted the trend but in fact they are never carried through which hurts the company overall.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Run by a souless corporation, constant layoffs"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Ran by a souless corporation that cares more about stock holders than it's employees. Constant layoffs and restructuring. Poor salaries way below industry standard. Expects current employees to take on multiple roles during layoffs with same pay. Company is in a downward spiral. Senior management treats it's employees like cattle.


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