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Pearson Reviews

Updated January 15, 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. "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


  2. "Good start for employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    It was good experience and offered networking opportunities through corporate functions. The staff was generally nice. It provided lots of learning experiences for educational publishing.

    Cons

    The pay is not as competitive as it used to be, and management will provide the bare minimum of pay raises. There is limited communication between departments, and, despite having not raining staff, they change their policies regularly.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do more to provide more opportunities for growth and more robust professional training programs. There needs to be an increase in communication between departments and better transparency of job purpose and requirements.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice people
    good benefits
    I liked that my kids used our books and products.

    Cons

    Too many office moves.
    Executive initiatives don't make it down to lowest ranks.
    Knowledge is not distributed, and decisions lack justification.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good cooperation with other departments in the sales team. The specialists and sales people generally love what they do and work collaboratively.

    Cons

    Seems like upper management doesn’t have a clear focus
    Too often customers struggle with the customer service
    The renewals process can be cumbersome


  5. "VP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    great mission with talented people

    Cons

    leadership is looking a bit fatigued


  6. "Strong talent and teamwork, challenging business transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Hoboken, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pearson people are incredibly committed to the company's educational mission. Their passion and the collaborative spirit around the company are big strengths that make it an enjoyable place to work. It often feels like a college or university, with a lot of deliberation and open discussion of difficult topics. Work-life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    The business is in a very difficult transition to digital, and that means rewriting the DNA of the organization. There's a lot of resistance to that and struggle with it. Advancement opportunities are limited by frequent reorganizations and lacking guidance from senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything possible to accelerate the digital transformation - it's painful but will pay off when it's done. Consistency of strategy will help improve performance and morale.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Management needs a lot of work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    If you make bonus, the pay off is great. But that's about it and it's a big "IF" when making your bonus because you are playing with fake numbers until the end of the year.

    Cons

    The work environment is very poor. There are a lot of manager turnovers so it is difficult to keep a positive team morale. It is clear that upper management strictly focuses on making the numbers and don't necessarily recognize all the other hard work that goes into the job. IT IS A LOT OF WORK. THERE IS NO LIFE WORK BALANCE

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to treat their employees better. There is a reason for high turnovers in rep position.

  8. "As a former employee,, management was always in your corner and work with you to succeed."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People and good benefits, along with work life balance. Able to work with other teams and be challenged to move ahead in your career

    Cons

    A number of organization changes but aside from that, not much the company needs to improve on as change can bring fresh ideas

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work with employees to help them grow


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pearson has enormous opportunity and potential to be the leading digital education company in the world.

    Cons

    The ancient culture of Pearson causes great friction between traditional business practices and the necessary transformation to digital.

    Advice to Management

    Break the silos. Eliminate the internal competition between divisions. Eliminate the red tape on innovation. And, most of all lead --- consolidate your modern talent to direct lead the digital transformation.


  10. "Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and abundance of resources. Hardworking and helpful managers. Technology is the best in the business.

    Cons

    Not a tech company. All software engineering should be done in house to give us the ability to be agile. Product releases are premature and should be beta for at least one semester prior. Also, this role has ZERO work life balance. The bonuses do not make it worth it at all. Work will consume your whole life. You will love and hate it.


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