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Pearson Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men (in 110 reviews)

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  1. "Satisfied"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Focused on students, Working from home, opportunities for advancement, continuous improvement

    Cons

    Many tough reorganizations, Needs better role definitions

    Advice to Management

    Better role definitions


  2. "Science Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, good time off, good management.

    Cons

    Advancement will take some time as they have a lot of senior employees.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Has so much potential...but...."

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    Current Employee - Global Product in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Global Product in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, kind people. Large scale and industry leading position. Large portfolio means you can work in a lot of different areas of education. Strong sales force. Generally moving in the right direction and experimenting with some leading technologies in education (AI, immersive, adaptive). Trying to make education research an important part of products. A great place to get exposure and experience.

    Cons

    Completely clueless leadership who only understand how to make the short term numbers to please shareholders (though not doing that well either). Leadership doesn’t understand how to drive vision or manage change. All the best people have left or are on their way out. Lots more layoffs coming before the ship stabilizes. Has no clue how to innovate, design, research, product manage, or develop products. VPs are left to fight out between their fiefdoms, creating significant waste as competing products are often built by two or more teams. People are afraid to invest in the changes that will make the products great (and not just good) for fear of losing market share. Too many people who are used to just making expensive textbooks and don’t know how to make modern digital content. Authors have way too much control over design and tech decisions they know nothing about.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your own way. If you set a challenging and exciting vision, hire the right people (rather than outsource critical capabilities), dare to take risks, set up an infrastructure for innovation, and trust people, then amazing things will happen. Treat people as your most important asset and stop making decisions that only prop up short term numbers. Put your customers ahead of your shareholders. Take risks—others have made the transition to digital successfully, but it means building the next thing yourself, not hoping you can just acquire something to keep you one feature ahead of the competition. Iterate on designs and let research guide decisions—don’t launch prototypes then spends years and millions trying to stabilize the technology. Watch out for non-traditional competitors (OER, Amazon, edtech startups)...they’re way more dangerous than McGraw Hill or Cengage.


  4. "Workplace culture and work-life balance gradually improving"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and other work-environment comforts are a big added compensation
    Company is making a big push toward employee retention
    Lots of opportunities to communicate with other functional groups

    Cons

    Company isn't taking enough risks to keep up with digital marketplace
    Some groups stubbornly insist on doing the same process for every project


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Account General Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to put on a resume and move on to the next opportunity at the moment.

    Cons

    It is currently a very toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep top talent.
    Environment
    Communication
    Compensation
    Provide Real Expectations off the data


  6. "Decent company undergoing changes"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was pretty good and flexible with workload, schedules and developing employees.

    Cons

    Undergoing changes thus effecting moral and job security.


  7. "Still a good company to work for"

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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

    Lots of smart and dedicated people. Hopefully, they don't leave or are not let go.

    Cons

    Job security is a concern. Layoffs keep on happening.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "material handler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    there are some really good people there who know the jobs very well and share that knowledge freely.

    Cons

    there are more people there that are only there to collect a check and make other people miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the french revolution!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Such a shame"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent work space, Incredibly kind, bright, hard-working individuals.

    Cons

    Pay scale something that can be found in the 90s. No raise, no moving up in the company, constant, constant, constant Reorganization. One never knows from one day to the next if they still have a job. Weak management, constant change of Directors and never ending change of process. Was previously a great, innovative company that actually cared for it’s employees...now...just sad.

    Advice to Management

    Management, leadership, those that have the nice office, understand that the people that work under you are dedicated workers. Treating them with disrespect does nothing but create a poisonous and toxic environment. Be helpful and find a way to keep Pearson afloat. Deflate some of that “over the top grandiose egos”...keep it real. You keep it real, your employees will keep it real and and produce quality work. Otherwise, moral will continue to plummet, workers will continue to walk out and soon you won’t have anyone to fire and put to blame for the loss of the company.


  10. "Great Place to Learn Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn the ins and outs of an entry level sales position

    Cons

    Complex purchasing can make it difficult to make sales goals


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