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Pearson Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. They really are trying to find good educational solutions.

    Cons

    A lot of upheaval as the company tries to navigate its way from being a print publisher to a digital one.


  2. Helpful (24)

    "always changing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good work-life balance
    -not much politics at the lower levels
    -mostly female middle managers and they care about being good managers
    -mostly good people who want to do a good job 9-5
    -great location (Copley Square)
    -if you are someone that wants to work sincerely, but not super crazy like in a tech startup, this is a good place
    -despite the bad rap Pearson gets, some products are really cool and there are some very smart people who work there

    Cons

    -upper management is men. Folks, if you believe the glass ceiling doesn't exist in corporate America, come to Pearson.. where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men!
    -upper management is clueless and arrogant
    -hire managers from outside instead of promoting the ones in the company
    -frat boy culture in upper management
    -strategy keeps changing (read--no strategy)

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire frat boys to lead this company. Promote the women in your organization. There's something rotting in Pearson and it is probably you.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great environment, great benefits!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of former teachers, so most of my peers are creative, intelligent and caring, with a sense of a higher calling to help others succeed. There is a true loving, family feeling here and we take care of each other even away from work (have dinner, watch each other's pets, pick up from airport, etc.) The CEO (who lives in London) comes to San Antonio to talk with us and get feedback! Benefits are amazing!

    Cons

    Lots of re-org in the two years since I've been here. The base salary of 40K needs to be higher

    Advice to Management

    Really listen and acknowledge suggestions from employees, then implement them. If you cannot implement them, let us know why


  4. "Great company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, allow us to work from home twice a week, generous with bonuses, home/work balance is honored and valued, love my team!

    Cons

    The company is now going through a rough patch and has made several layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    When you layoff a group of people, take into consideration who are the hardest workers, not just location.


  5. "Enrollment adviser"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training was the best I have had. Company have quality educational partners. Very employee focus company

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary meetings. Some partners are difficult to eork with. Lots of process changes. The amount of time it takes to do reports for meetings interferes with productivity

    Advice to Management

    Less reporting meetings. Allow for opportunities for staff to work from home. Be more accessible to teams on the floor.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Custom Editor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Awesome people, great work hours

    Cons

    Never know when teams will be let go


  7. "Very helpful and friendly."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do not micromanage and are readily available for help. I recommend Pearson as a place of employment if you are looking.

    Cons

    I do not have cons at this time. Some may complain about benefits but it is common practice for temp roles to not provide this.

  8. "Excellent"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IOS Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Contractor - IOS Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every thing is good and nothing to exceed

    Cons

    No cons for this employer

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Uniquely excellent place to work. Only job qualification is a bachelor's degree."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Exam Scorer (Regional) in San Antonio, TX
    Current Contractor - Exam Scorer (Regional) in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, diverse pool of colleagues; limitless career potential if you are able to absorb Pearson's corporate culture.

    Cons

    Relatively scarce full-time/regular positions. Scorers are considered contract laborers, and though many people are able to work year-round you should not expect to do so until you've been around a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Make distributed (at-home) scoring positions open to regional (on-site) scorers on a wider basis. It seems that the company would end up with more seasoned, efficient scorers if one gould gain experience faster.


  10. "Technical Support Specialst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Hoboken, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great team work. Ability to work from home

    Cons

    No growth with in team.


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