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Updated October 19, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Enrollment advisor.. good job overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay. Good benefits that start day one. You reveive a lot of paid time off and paid holidays.

    Cons

    Depends on the manager you have in terms of daily routine and stress. I am very lucky and have a great manager so i really enjoy the job. That can't be said for all teams.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency. There has been constant change of expectations, which is understandable in a rapidly growing industry, but the transparency needs to improve across all employess not just upper management to be successful.


  2. "Perfect part-time"

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    Current Employee - Test Administrator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Test Administrator in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Quiet environment, a lot of internal communication. Management always listen.
    Nice salary

    Cons

    Lots of regulations from different sponsors and clients.
    Not enough room to grow.
    Mostly 10-15 hrs a week, if you're lucky.

  3. "Overall Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    It's a relatively easy job with a company that's pretty well known.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work for a low hourly wage.


  4. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    A lot of smart, dedicated, passionate people work at Pearson. They have a lot of top-notch authors, and together the authors and product teams develop high quality digital and print content.

    Cons

    At times, decisions from senior management can seem pretty disconnected from what's happening in the trenches. But that seems to be improving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in product development while also investing in technology improvements. Beware of one-size-fits-all decisions about product development pathways.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and great company to work for

    Cons

    Annual salary increases were minimal


  6. "Totally fine temp job"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor

    Pros

    Easy work, bonuses available if you grade quickly/accurately. Because it requires a college degree, would be a great post-grad summer job, as that's when the majority of standardized tests are graded.

    Cons

    Can get fairly monotonous at times


  7. "Student Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Gain real-world experience working with diverse student populations, Laurus and technology

    Cons

    Remote employee, Difficult cross-functional communication

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Job, but too large for its britches."

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    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is present.
    Salary is OK.
    Some flexibility.

    Cons

    Jobs were always on the line when a restructuring occurred - which was often.

    Advice to Management

    You don't know as much as you think you do.


  9. "Overall good editorial job"

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    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Really great training and experience in editorial and project management
    Truly nice, dedicated coworkers. Really feels like a team.
    Interesting work.

    Cons

    You will get nickel and dimed in your projects; there is a lot of oversight and top-down control.
    Most large project decisions are made by a group so you don't have the same sense of autonomy you might have at other places.
    It's a large company and a little slow moving.
    Most people aren't in it to get rich, but the salaries can be low.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster faster-moving innovation and adopt some new technologies.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A Company Making a Positive Difference"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -I love my colleagues. Supportive, smart and fun team of people.
    -Good flexibility in allowing people to work from home.
    -Supportive management
    -The products and services have the potential to really make a difference in education, so it feels like a positive corporate mission.
    -In general, people are treated well and there is a respect for diversity/individual differences. Very accepting environment.

    Cons

    -Some people have been here too long and are slow to adapt to the changing education environment. The move from selling books to creating digital products is really hard for some employees. That slows everyone down.
    -Culture of too many meetings.
    -Uncertainty about restructuring is weighing on many people.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about changes and make them as swiftly as possible. Those of us who believe in the company want to move forward quickly and get on with our good work.


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