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Updated April 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 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Going Downhill With No End In Sight"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great individuals at Pearson, dedicated to the spirit of the work, who believe in providing access to quality content to as many kids and teachers as possible. Decent benefits but not immune from financial realities created by poor leadership. Work from home is encouraged and supported.

    Cons

    Where to start?

    First off, there is just a ridiculous number of mid to upper-level managers at Pearson, many of who did not advance through merit but were seemingly poached from non-publishing businesses or straight out of MBA programs. Most of these managers know NOTHING about publishing and are a significant factor in Pearson's deteriorating brand recognition, releasing sub-par products and marketing materials created with virtually no input from educators or the former educators who work at Pearson.

    Second, anemic and delusional leadership. John Fallon is a terrible CEO, who has overseen a reduction in diversification (selling off FT and Economist), time and again has misjudged the market (Common Core, assessment), and has prematurely cut the legs out from paper and gone full in with digital before appreciating the realities of mixed medium learning. He has a technology executive trying to follow the Netflix model, where consumer choice is everything, and apply it to a space where mandates and standards preclude that sort of flexibility. He's headed the outsourcing of thousands of jobs where thousands of combined years of experience in education have been let go and replaced with engineers, MBA's, and project managers with ZERO experience in educational publishing and product development. Pearson's stock has flirted with junk status several times and from all recent accounts there are no signs of improvement. Look for a merger with a consortium to bail out his tenure sometime in the next couple years, seeing as the board simply refuse to see this man off.

    Third, the Agile project management culture has taken over all aspects of daily activity at Pearson and is used to mask failures. It's officious, stifles creativity, sets unrealistic and contradictory expectations, pits teams against each other, and results in far more inefficiencies than what I'd seen in my first five years with the company. Don't get me wrong, Agile works well for iteratively developed technology products, but there has to be a consistent vision aligned with customer needs and requirements to drive those efforts and Pearson fails by almost every measure in that regard. Stakeholders are no longer accountable, project managers are, so while the merry-go-round of people doing the actual work sees many go off and fewer get on the ride, the people who are supposed to be driving a cohesive strategy and failing remain in their posts. It's less project management and more CYA management.

    Fourth, and it bears repeating, John Fallon and his army of unaccountable officers and VP's.

    Advice to Management

    Simple. Leave. Or better yet, go back to the future and engage with the few remaining employees you have with decades of combined experience in education, get their and the customer's feedback, and build off of that. What you're doing now IS NOT WORKING. The stock price shows it, the weekly onslaught of negative press shows it, the fact that you have to keep laying people off in what should be an exciting and innovative time of transition and opportunity shows it. The bravery, innovation, and decency have gone from Pearson, and YOU'RE to blame for it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Custom Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Higher Ed Services being run into the ground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are wonderful, most of your colleagues are incredibly smart and talented, flexible work options, good work-life balance, company has great values even though it doesn't always translate locally

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch leading to high turnover, there's a lot of hiring of friends and unqualified people, morale is so low and management pretends there are no problems, pay is not competitive for industry

    Advice to Management

    Value your people and develop those with talent and get rid of those without. Everybody sees the building on fire except for you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "nice people chaotic management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Family friendly scheduler.

    Cons

    During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times. Technical decisions changes very often,

    Advice to Management

    Develop the technology you have, not introduce everything new you can think about.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not Always Learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Some Talented People

    Cons

    Work/Life Management, Does not understand digital age

    Advice to Management

    Do not lie to shareholders and employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Pearson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people on my team. People are dedicated to improving peoples lives through learning.

    Cons

    Market changes and undefined company direction. Management is not sure how to resolve. Direction keeps changing, trying something new, and then again something new, trying to find the answer.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Top Heavy on Management"

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

    I worked at Pearson (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health plan benefits, 401k

    Cons

    Management brags that they are being "transparent as possible," which means not at all.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. If you aren't going to be honest, don't say you are being as transparent as possible. Actions speak louder than words.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Scourge of Scordino"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Objectively - NONE - Scordino's "Departure"

    Cons

    Reckless spending
    Inattention to product mix & market alignment
    *** nearly criminal Board of Directors ABSENT during Scordino's nearly Terminal Spending Fiasco(s)***

    Advice to Management

    "physician, heal Thyself"


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Revolving Door of Priorities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The individual employees are very passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Senior management isn't held accountable for their failures. Blame rolls downhill. Recent leadership hires have skill sets from the early 2000s.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs change, knows it needs change and is attempting to make changes. When doing so, be upfront about what you're doing and why, rather than using dirty politics to reshape individual orgs within the company.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Up and down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. Excellent benefits and matching program both offered. Ability to work from remote offices.

    Cons

    The company has a lack of focus and strategy within the education market. Trying to maintain its bread and butter publishing business while not adjusting well to emerging new markets.

    Advice to Management

    Need more focus and better business strategy.


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