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Updated October 22, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Idiot supervisors and managers"

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    Current Employee - Sampling Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sampling Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Expierence and pay are two of teh best reasons for working at Pearson, I have been there for over 7 years, and have not moved. I am a Lead, which really isnt much different from when i started. I would also say another reason it is a good place to work is, it takes a lot to get fired for. People will miss lots of days, do a crappy job, and be rude or evil to management, and are still working there. If you are a slacker, this is the place to work. Just show up, and get paid.

    Cons

    idiots who manage, and losers who get promoted ahead of the deserving

    Advice to Management

    learn how to do your job, and stop being jerks

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Hold off on working at Pearson until reorganization is complete"

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    Current Employee - Senior Content Specialist in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Content Specialist in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Biggest educational publishing company. If at the right level, an individual may have the opportunity to shape education of millions of children.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing vast reorganization. Profits and not education emerging more and more as the top priority, top value in the company. Ths is very disappointing to those of us who really care about education.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sacrifice long-term growth for short-term profits. ... Remember that people need time to adjust to new structure, it would be a good idea to have a forum for people to express their gripes and frustrations. There is a growing sense that no one's job is safe. ... There should be bigger roles for research into and implementation best practices into development of new textbook series.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pearson used to be a great place to work..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Fun authors. NSMs in nice locations.

    Cons

    Old boy network. No change in senior management team in years. What happened to all the women managers?

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the market wants. Listen to your customers and your reps.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Editor III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, intelligent peers.

    Cons

    I worked for this company for many years, and a person's experiences there are directly related to the team he or she works on. I had a manager who was threatened by her employees that most of the competent people moved on. There was no oversight or accountability for this manager: she had free reign, and because she had never shared knowledge or developed her employees, there are no candidates who could readily replace her.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues that would allow you to find out how the company really operates at the level of the producers. There was a lot of talent and productivity that was wasted in my department because employees were trapped under a bad manager.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Abusive Untrained Managers Run Wild Running Educational Sweatshop!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working conditions are very nice. There are ample offices and the working environment is peaceful. My collegues were extremely passionate about their work. The best part was the 7 hour working days and in the summer they give 1/2 day summer Fridays (although some bosses won't let you take them eventhough it is company policy).

    Cons

    Management has absolutely no training or professional experience in managing and supervising. They are allowed to treat their employees with abhorrent behavior. There is so much backstabbing and stupid office politics amoungst teams that it is hard to get your work done. The mental and verbal abuse is unethical, immoral and illegal. The workload's are ridiculous they say you only work 7 hours, but they guilt you into working 10 hours a day and many weekends. Department's lack plans for career advancement and professional growth- so you will get to a certain level and that is as far as you go. The pay is EXTREMELY low- especially for the fact that there is little to no career advancement opportunities, overload of work and the unending abuse you take on a daily basis- if your not getting yelled at or mistreated, your work load is so overbearing you want to jump off a bridge! Also, they do not give you the tools necessary succeed in your job- you are set-up for failure as soon as you walk in the door.

    Advice to Management

    GET SOME TRAINING! Learn how to be an effective manager and learn how to arm your employees for success!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits, horrible management"

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    Current Employee - Faculty & Field Services Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Faculty & Field Services Representative in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (vacation, sick time, personal time) and insurance options, tuition reimbursement, product discounts

    Cons

    Management is horrible - little or no experience managing people and horrible skills (micro-managing, etc.). Management was definitely one of the main reasons most people left. Also experienced "bait and switch" regarding the job that I was hired for - it was completely different than the job description and thus, had a very high turnover rate. When hired, I was told that I could move up easily within a year - not so. It is very, very, very difficult to move up within the company and oftentimes, external candidates were hired instead of internal candidates (when all other experience/education was equal). Once during my tenure, a co-worker of mine was offered an internal job transfer to another department and a few days before her start date, they told her they decided to go with an external applicant. AFTER they had already offered her the job! Unfortunately, this seems to happen a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, promote from within, provide guidance and training to new management to ensure the success of your employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Paper publisher proves incapable of leading cutting edge technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discounted text books. Several departments give you a laptop that you can take home and use personally (though don't let IT support know).

    Cons

    Micromanagement from senior managers and directors. Very low morale. No work/life balance; demands to work weekends and evenings constantly. Ongoing high stress. Poor planning and execution of plans. No progress opportunities. incurable leadership incompetence. Utter dishonesty from management, they tell you one thing then do another. Miserable working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Leave so your positions can be replaced by people who know how to manage. Just having the title manager doesn't mean you can manage, you all prove that.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Use to be a good place to work, is now terrible!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pearson offers great benefits
    The work itself is very interesting; very talented colleagues
    Global business offers valuable experience

    Cons

    Company has grown way too fast
    Sr. management is totally out of touch with middle management and line level employees
    Sr. mgmt focused entirely on making large end-of-year bonuses and in the process and refuse to hire the staff necessary to support the growing business. Employees are working in a sweat-shop environment, with many putting in 12-14 hours days. Qualify has dropped dramatically as staff is pushed to do far more than humanly possible. Morale is rock-bottom.
    Very much a "good old boys club"

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen - so why bother.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Why doesn't it work? With all the talent at Pearson, it should be a great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and intelligent coworkers.
    A few (very few) managers have a decent streak .
    Did I already say that the coworkers are intelligent and interesting people to work with?

    Cons

    Temper tantrum management style of most managers.
    All levels hide work-related info from employees in the level below. Hording info in order to get and keep power is a desperate act of an incompetent, and it hurts the company, not just the employees.

    Advice to Management

    DO NOT allow managers to treat the employees below them in the shoddy, abusive way that they currently treat them. CEASE the hiring and promoting of management's friends and especially relatives who always seem to reach levels of power far beyond their levels of expertise. RECOGNIZE that many, many people first came to Pearson because they believed in the value of what they were hired to do, but they hate having to work in such an abusive environment. I'm giving Dame Scardino a very low score because the buck stops with her for allowing this company to become a sweat shop.


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