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Pearson Reviews

Updated July 23, 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 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company going through challenges"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company purpose
    Flexible work environment
    Passionate, intelligent & experienced people
    Opportunities to make a difference internally & externally

    Cons

    Constant org restructuring & layoffs over past 5 years that will continue for coming future
    Constant budget cuts
    Priorities constantly shifting
    Low morale


  2. Helpful (28)

    "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)

    "Good People Rough Times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, Friendly employees great atmosphere

    Cons

    Company going through changes many cuts down the road

    Advice to Management

    Make smart decisions


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and there are nice enough people to work with depending on what office location you are in.

    Cons

    Pearson is going though massive cuts and will probably keep gutting departments and talent until they are bought out or split into several small companies. Do not apply to work here unless you accept the fact that you will be looking for new work within 15 months.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all senior management starting with John Fallon and completely start over. Re-emphasize core products and don't buy digital companies to stay with the trend if you have no plan on how to utilize them correctly.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Technical Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined: diverse company with a good strategy across multiple disciplines that supported its employees well.

    Cons

    None of the above continued after John Fallon took over. I absolutely LOVED this company under Marjorie Scardino.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to begin at the top, but the latest CEO bonus figure vs lack of employee raises (not even cost of living!) says that the company has other values.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Pearson pays men more than women"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pearson makes a pretty good product.

    Cons

    I helped a male friend with no outside sales experience get an interview and helped him prep for that interview. I had 10 years of outside sales experience at the time in the industry and they offered him a $30K higher salary than I was being paid.

    Advice to Management

    Merit pay, not gender pay.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I liked my peers and they were talented.

    Cons

    Management lacked focus and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    The best managers are not always the most talented project managers or developers.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Learning Solutions Associate"

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    Former Employee - Lsa in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Lsa in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not all that long ago Pearson was one of the top three learning solutions and educational materials company in the world. Not anymore.

    Cons

    Terrible morale. Constant reorganization and downsizing. Trying to take the company all digital but with no real idea how to do so. Upper managers only worried about themselves and hanging onto their jobs. Lower level employees cowering and hoping they don't get noticed or they might get downsized.

    Advice to Management

    How does Chairman John Fallon keep his job? Upper management in Boston and Upper Saddle River always struck me like the emperor who had no clothes. Big egos and little to back it up with.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good start, went downhill FAST."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay work life balance.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Awful management.
    Senior Leadership has no idea what they are doing
    Senior leadership are not close with any of their workers
    No room for promotion or career growth
    Bad compensation compared to market trends
    Do your job, don't be imaginative, decent is good enough.
    Don't cost the company money, they need money.
    Senior leadership appoints their friends to positions that they aren't qualified for, so product quality and team morale goes downhill.
    Management cares about saving face rather than doing the right thing for their client base.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to actually be empathetic. Senior leadership sits in their corner offices dictating the day to day and small minutiae of what is done. They would rather make their department "look good" than have their employees actually be happy. Leadership does not exude an air of respect, constant BS is being spouted by VP's and leadership of the creative department when they don't actually know what they're talking about. They say they're be ing transparent with being anything but. Start caring more about your employees and the work you're doing and less about your paychecks and then maybe you'll actually be liked by the education community. Also please work on your culture, it is awful. I much more preferred to work from home than EVER come into the office because nobody says hi to each other, everyone avoids eye contact and you are piled with so much work and expected to just "do it all" with no compensation increase. I've had 3 coworkers leave in the past month and I have had to take on all their work and there was never a hint of compensation bonuses.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Not the same company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very passionate about what they do

    Cons

    It's almost too big to get things done. It's such a corporate giant that it's impossible to make decisions without getting approval from 20 different people

    Management also seems to have forgotten that great employees are what made Pearson such a great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the little guys -- morale is rough (and has been for a few years now)


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