Pearson Reviews | Glassdoor

Pearson Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
726 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.0
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Pearson CEO John Fallon
John Fallon
195 Ratings

726 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 96 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (5)

    "OK Company going through changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling company, has lost its momentum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific mission, global scale, plenty of career choices.

    Cons

    Internal politics, business models are outdated, disjointed strategy, misaligned leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on a clear digital-transformation strategy.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on your department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    You have to opportunity to work with some fine people. You provide services to candidates that, for them, can be life changing.

    Cons

    Corporate puts it resources and energies into specific departments of the company. If you're not in a favored area (example site testing) forget about raises, advancement, and recognition. Corporate works very hard to make sure you don't work enough hours to qualify for benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Value all your departments or pare down to the ones you really want.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Digital Solutions Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, frequent layoffs


  6. "A great company going through a transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor

    Pros

    They have a good company culture with like able managers who truly try to help.

    Cons

    The company is going through a change in its business model on the way the product is delivered. It's been a bit of a bumpy ride and a lot of change going on to they way things are done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on changing and figuring out ways to improve the model for success


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Up and down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Former Temporary Regional Scorer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Professional Scorer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good Work Live Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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

    There is good work life balance

    Cons

    Company in declining education market


  11. Helpful (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 $$.



Showing 726 of 2,473 reviews
Reset Filters