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Updated March 26, 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 96 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity seems important at this company.

    Cons

    Management seems disorganized a lot.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Human Resource Help Desk Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Job was interesting

    Cons

    Tiring when call or email volume was high.

    Advice to Management

    should have kept the jobs in the US


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working for this company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Program Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Program Manager in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Worked through many different positions, in the end was in a great position. Was able to manage contract from my home office

    Cons

    Constant reorgnization, lack of communication


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  5. "Never a Dull Moment"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Old Tappan, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Old Tappan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Changes, becoming a lot more Formalized ERP's HR & Financial processes

    Cons

    Revenue and performance are not improving as fast as we would like

    Advice to Management

    The turn over is making things a lot more difficult


  6. "Production Manager"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people,competitive salary, challenging work

    Cons

    Not a lot of work available for the industry.


  7. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Endless tools for success when starting

    Cons

    Training period can be short


  8. "Always Learning and Changing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    Processes need improvement customer service and technical support.


  9. "Pearson sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to learn, manage your own schedule, meaningful work.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work life balance


  10. "Great culture and values"

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, team work, respect for employees, good internal communications

    Cons

    Going through restructuring and adjusting to disruption in the education industry


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Struggling company, valuable experience"

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    Former Employee - Publisher's Representative
    Former Employee - Publisher's Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had fantastic management in the sales division. Strong women in leadership and as CEO. Professional colleagues in Sales. Lots of freedom and responsibility. Was a top performing sales rep. Loved working with faculty. Loved working with product managers (editors, marketing managers).

    There are advantages to working for the big company. Sure, Professors may be annoyed you are there, but annoyed is better than confused or unreachable, which is what I've experienced in later efforts to work with professors without the Pearson name attached.

    Cons

    Most of those things are not true anymore. Most of the strong women in leadership, for example, have moved on.

    Advice to Management

    I've got long-standing love for Pearson as I really learned how to be a professional in the sales team here. From a few years out, here's what's key: 1. The software shift is a mirage. Do better research and you'll find that you're chasing something that isn't real. Do you want to remake US higher ed to fit a dreamy profit model or are you humanists? I know the answer to that and so do you. The company under M.S. became unavoidably high minded, to the benefit of the world, and you will lose all of that if you chase the tech companies down their dream tunnel of scaleable low margins. Turn back now. Take on the used book market. Win distribution. Rehire your old reps (I'm not kidding). Pay your authors on used (again, not kidding). Don't partner with vitalsource -- the ebook is not and will never be a thing in this space. the idea that what we lacked was easy redistribution, and that digital is going to bring it, is a mirage. Digital is Donal Trump. I wish every day to get my hands on a way to learn again that isn't plugged into the attention merchant market. turn back and win on the physical inventory bet nobody wants to make. Do it now before you find a fake way to bring stock prices up again and lock yourself into medium term death driven by shareholders who will never go for betting on physical inventory unless you do it when it seems like it's the less bad of a bunch of terrible options. Good luck and save some of your good book people for the next 30 years of physical textbooks.



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