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Pearson Reviews

Updated May 25, 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 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with diverse teams under pressure. Some amazing people work here.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours with little moral or monetary compensation. Responsibilities and duties are added constantly without support. Everybody either runs around like a chicken with it's head cut off or they do nothing at all. A very political place to work, it's who you know, not how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    When adopting new business trends you need to not just implement them but see them through. The minimal effort put into changes results in the company being able to say they have adopted the trend but in fact they are never carried through which hurts the company overall.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good money, company takes care of you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. Flexible and understanding company. Truly takes care of their own

    Cons

    Company is in the middle of constant restructuring. Those at the the continue to fail and never see are consistently given more chances while those working hard under them get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Make big changes at the very top.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Run by a souless corporation, constant layoffs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Various in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Ran by a souless corporation that cares more about stock holders than it's employees. Constant layoffs and restructuring. Poor salaries way below industry standard. Expects current employees to take on multiple roles during layoffs with same pay. Company is in a downward spiral. Senior management treats it's employees like cattle.


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  5. "No a Clear strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President Finance in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, work from home in aplicable roles

    Cons

    Always restructuring the organization, they layoff people at the base while keep switching reassigning people at the top in the HQ based in UK

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it, the Current CEO must leave . Jhon Please LEAVE!!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Still Struggling..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office location, great people

    Cons

    Lack of direction...CEO has a good story but Pearson has been struggling for years to "walk the talk". Morale is low. Lots of change with nothing to really show for it.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "No room for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits & flexible work at home policy

    Cons

    Mid level and upper management staff is lacking clear direction and strategy. The environment doesn't foster a team environment where people are encouraged to share ideas and talents for improving business problems and overall environment.

    There were consistent layoffs and no clear direction on how the company was going to meet their goals. Company is struggling financially(as reported in quarterly earning reports) and that is demotivating to staff.

    Communication from management is often lacking which creates a uneasiness in the day to day work environment. Steer clear from this company if you are looking for growth opportunities and stable environment.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure clear and concise goals align across all of the organizations and that there is more


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Great people, terrible strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and culture, good benefits, work/life balance and flex work from home

    Cons

    company is floundering due to weak leadership, overuse of consultants vs. actual execution, lack of acquisition strategy and challenging markets

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and stop with all the consultants - you have really smart people working for you, let them do their jobs. Also, use your cash to invest in the business, not just pay a nice dividend to shareholders. Finally, stop trying to make the business into one big massive Thing - Bigger is not always better, particularly in a transforming market where you need to be nimble and quick.


  9. "Material handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice staff, weekly pay , two break rooms

    Cons

    not enough work sometimes, not enough euquipment

    Advice to Management

    Get more equipment


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Laid off and miss my job, but not upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Restructuring and uncertainty every few years. I was laid off and just treated like a casualty of restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees who have been loyal to you.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Pearson doesn't care about it's people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with working from home.

    Cons

    No mentoring programs. No training or career development for employees. Lay off immediately when lose contracts and then rehire when win business instead of working to place employees in other positions. Terrible employee satisfaction and morale. Do not use data to make upper level leadership decisions. No consistency among managers as no training is provided to them. Do not reward high performers. Roles are not clearly defined.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a mentoring program and career development. Create a job profile library with detailed descriptions of various jobs. Make open job reqs more detailed so that internal employees can more easily apply for other positions.


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