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Updated April 25, 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 (3)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They let you work autonomously - they do not micro manage you. There are lots of opportunities for advancement and movement.

    Cons

    They are executively run very poorly. They are reporting losses every year. The executive management has been in place for over 4 yrs of losses.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to be replaced and high level executive management needs to be changed. In order to get change you need to make change. In order to have a different outcome you need to make different decisions.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Still Struggling..."

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    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"

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "general review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many experienced, talented co-workers and location

    Cons

    The employee downsizing is constant, leaving those left to shoulder more work


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Image Coordinator in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Former Employee - Image Coordinator in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent health and retirement. Enefits

    Cons

    Company outsources jobs to India

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs in the USA


  7. Helpful (5)

    "OK Company going through changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. The work was interesting and exciting at times.

    Cons

    Upper management really does not have an idea on what is going on. Way too many layoffs. A lot of duties have been moved off shore.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Figure out a way to retain the top talent. Work on employee moral.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Up and down"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. Excellent benefits and matching program both offered. Ability to work from remote offices.

    Cons

    The company has a lack of focus and strategy within the education market. Trying to maintain its bread and butter publishing business while not adjusting well to emerging new markets.

    Advice to Management

    Need more focus and better business strategy.


  9. "Professional Scorer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Iowa City, IA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are wonderful and they work really hard to help you continue employment.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for growth. The work is substantially monotonous. There is also less and less available work at that location since they closed the larger Iowa City location at Northgate. The work environment is also a bit tedious--felt a bit like being in high school and taking an exam eight hours a day.


  10. "Former Temporary Regional Scorer"

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    Former Contractor - Temporary Regional Scorer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Temporary Regional Scorer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Possible to work from home. If your supervisor is helpful, this job can be a pleasant experience. There are plenty of opportunities for overtime pay.

    Cons

    High levels of stress due to lack of job security as well as looming deadlines. I've seen people sleeping at their desks when they were supposed to be working, but never got fired over it.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Stepping stone jobs to get experience for a career elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working toward global education for all is noble work. Company tries to be green. Human Resources provides a lot of resource referrals to employees. Work/life balance is usually good. Company appears to contribute generously to charities and global conservation efforts. They also provide time off for employees to do volunteer work, which is unnecessary for those of us who already volunteer in our spare time, but may influence some employees to be more community-minded.

    Cons

    Salaries plus benefits do not keep up with cost of living increases in real life. Some years no raises or minimal raises were given to all employees. Company's focus on increasing corporate earnings and meeting corporate goals falls flat when employees' salaries are not competitive. Result: employees I've brought in have left within two years for better jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Pearson occasionally does employee surveys in which they ask whether the employee would recommend Pearson to colleagues and family. When the answer is NO, survey does not ask the reason for employee's dissatisfaction. For me, it's because salary is not commensurate with work, and job title does not represent what I actually do. Also not covered on surveys: employees often lose earned vacation days. Company should allow days from previous year to be carried over for a few months into following year. I lost many earned vacation days one year when poor planning in another department resulted in a major, critical project falling in my lap near the end of the year. No time off allowed and much overtime work on my part led to successfully completion of project, but loss of work/life balance. One minor issue: being a green company fails when human resources regularly sends paper mail on expensive stock just to promote HR programs. Email is just as effective, is green, and saves $$.


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