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Updated September 14, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 105 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "It is not what it used to be. Stay away for now."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    US colleagues are amazing. There are Amazing people throughout the organization in all departments.
    Authors and pedagogy are sound.
    Flex hours
    Work from home
    401k

    Cons

    Creating a One Pearson makes sense from a lot perspectives, but sometimes it can't work. Global marketing has been a disastrous undertaking with people in London clearly not understanding what the North America market does. Constant reorganization is driving out the best talent from all areas and new senior management is disrespectful of those who have been at Pearson a long time. You can't come in and try to run a business you don't understand.

    The company has announced 3,000 more layoffs by the end of 2018. While transparency is great, employees feel like it's constant Russian roulette. It's hard to get work done when everyone is constantly worried about losing their jobs. There's a lot of talk about resiliency yet there's no compassion.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the impact you're having on your people. They care immensely about the organization and it's hard to stay when there's no security.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Business Continuity Analyst"

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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

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Instability, constant re-org, silo mentality amongst departments. Extremely low morale.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Plagued by continuing lay-offs"

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    Former Employee - Information Systems in Hadley, MA
    Former Employee - Information Systems in Hadley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice people. The situation at local offices varies, as it does by department, but where I worked people were nice and good to work with, despite the deteriorating situation.

    Cons

    Chaos and no job security. On the corporate level, things have been bad for years and show no sign of stabilizing. Upper management has made some poor decisions and thousands have lost their jobs, with the remaining employees struggling to do the work of multiple people. Time-wasters such as the painful annual employee goal exercise and periodic rebranding add to the stress.

    Advice to Management

    Stop imposing one-size-fits-all solutions on all the business units, and bring in some upper management with better management skills and more common sense.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Big Company, Big Problems"

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    Former Employee - Digital Solutions Manager in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Digital Solutions Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Co-Workers
    Great Clients
    Benefits
    Work From Home

    Cons

    Annual Lay Offs
    Poor Leadership
    Company chasing every last dollar
    No Vision

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like you would like to be treated. Tell the truth about corporate situation. Too many managers are walk the company line and are more concerned about their career rather than being advocates for their employees and speaking truth to leadership.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a great company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, some flexibility with working remotely

    Cons

    My list of cons 5 years ago would have been short, with most in the pro's box. The CEO, John Fallon, has run the company into the ground with several rounds of lay offs, increasingly expensive benefits, no mission.

    Advice to Management

    IF things shape up, and people stop getting laid off, pay attention to those employees you have. Promotions were always rare, but you have to invest in your staff for them to be happy and remain.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Pearson going through hard times"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs with more cuts on the way

    Advice to Management

    Betting it all on the new killer app is risky!


  7. Helpful (10)

    "No longer a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The teams that create and manage content are hardworking and smart. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to know what they are doing. Constant focus on cutting costs and not on quality of our content. Salaries are under par especially considering company locations. No good raises or bonuses in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback from the people who create what you sell. Stop with the constant new company initiatives and systems that waste money and require training every year.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership decisions are suspect"

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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

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to be a true full stack developer
    Mid-level management tries hard to do the right thing
    Benefits are good.
    Pay is good for most people

    Cons

    Leadership says they believe in and support their employees, but their actions don't seem to back it up.
    Most employees are over-worked.
    Employees are expected to participate in meetings all over the globe all the time making working hours span from 5am to midnight at times.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how much money you are truly saving by having off shore development teams. Doing so creates a burden on US teams making it difficult to communicate work and impacting their performance. For whatever reason, it still seems like the quality of work from offshore is still not up to what's developed in the US so you're reducing quality as well.

    Trust your existing teams to build your platforms and stop farming out your work to other companies. Pearson has some good teams that have built successful platforms like MyLabs and Mastering. Their only downfall was they were build decades ago. Given the opportunity, this teams could have built your Global Learning Platform.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Education is a good cause, people are fantastic

    Cons

    Company focus is in the wrong area and sr leadership is lacking in true focused direction


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A lost puppy"

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    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good people, an ever evolving puzzle, educational content leader

    Cons

    Poor leadership, outdated tech, constant layoffs / restructuring, top-down decision making, politics hinder growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    Look down for advice and make decisions transparently. Stick to what you are good at and partner with tech leaders for innovative solutions.


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