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Pearson Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 108 reviews)

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  1. "Survival of the Fittest"

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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

    Pros

    Giving back to education new atmosphere in Hoboken location for NY Metro

    Cons

    Very slow migration toward digital products


  2. "It's okay but there is not much work"

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    Current Contractor - Test Scorer in Tacoma, WA
    Current Contractor - Test Scorer in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent thinking, flexible hours for baby moms

    Cons

    Hard to train to do something for such a short time then have it yanked away

    Advice to Management

    Make employees permanent

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Scorer"

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    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, pay, interesting work

    Cons

    Training is ridiculously hard to follow


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Assoc. Project Manager - Great team, misguided Management"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had the pleasure to work with highly talented developers, designers and project managers on technical teams

    Cons

    management was not transparent
    the entire organization was going through a reorg so I can't blame middle management for the chaos, but I do not think they were champions for the team
    Upper management did not understand software lifecycle nor the concept that staff could work from home and still accomplish their tasks

    They did not want to pay me for the work I was taking on. As I advanced in my role, my new boss (I went through 3 in less than 2 years) was very honest in that they would not promote me to a Project Manager position because it would put me in a new pay bracket. I appreciate his honesty and understand middle management's hands were tied.
    Upper management's focus on squeezing the bottom line blinded them to the talent they had causing high turn over and large knowledge gaps on multiple teams.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Undergoing Turmoil"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love my team and what I do!

    Cons

    The company is undergoing financial turmoil and making cuts as a result, thus resulting in an environment of fear.

    Advice to Management

    Stay ahead of the curve in education.


  6. "Good potential, but lacks culture"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used Agile Best Practices
    Good Benefits
    Continued Education Opportunity

    Cons

    Lacked Office Culture
    Old School Managerial Style
    Not Encouraged to "Be Curious"

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to venture outside their lanes once in a while and promote curiosity.


  7. "Policies Constantly Changing"

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    Former Employee - Test Proctor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Test Proctor in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling.
    Paid sick leave.
    Easy job task.

    Cons

    Nosy and intrusive Manager
    Constant changes to policy and procedures
    Favortism

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, terrific company values, creative and kind coworkers, mid-level management genuinely cares for employee success

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, disconnected and disengaged upper management, an emphasis on "earning over learning"

    Advice to Management

    If you invest in technology and infrastructure, rather than making cuts, you'll empower your employees the educators they serve


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great culture and wonderful colleagues. Management is professional and helpful with ongoing feedback concerning ways to improve business. Benefits are some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    A lot of work for the amount of pay. This job is tech support, customer service, billing, sales presentations, and customer retention all wrapped into one. The support Pearson has is not knowledgable and is now mostly outsourced which leaves the employees and customers very frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Many employees have left due to the pay scale. Your competitors are paying more for the same type of work. Please give all employees a raise or hire more support employees in the necessary areas to take off the pressure.


  10. "not fast moving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    work hour is very flexible

    Cons

    research is not fast moving


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