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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 110 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Was once great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits package, good 401(k) match.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs, upper management can't seem to make up their minds and it has destroyed the morale of the worker bees. They were into at least their 3rd (if not 4th) reorg within a 5-6 year span. The fatigue and wondering "are we next?" just gets old.
    Outsourcing a few years ago, while I'm sure helping the bottom line with lower salaries, has eliminated any efficiencies. It now takes multiple touches and communications to get what were once simple inquiries rectified, if you're lucky the first time around; Accounts Payable has become a quagmire.
    Multiple years of 0-1% annual merit increases, no bonus payouts, and lack of promotion opportunities (see constant reorgs) made the place a losing position in trying to advance in life.
    On a personal level, my out-of-town manager was in town for meetings for 3 consecutive days and not once stopped by to even say 'hello'. Terrible people person skills.

    Advice to Management

    You can only squeeze the turnip so much.


  2. "Enjoying Pearson so far"

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    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good work-life balance, appreciate the company's stance on social equality, and enjoy the people I work with/for.

    Cons

    Only complaint is the red tap and bureaucracy nonsense you have to go through to have requests completed. I find that communication between teams can be lacking due to the large size and complexity of the company

    Advice to Management

    Work more on communications between teams and better collaboration with all departments that work on a product.

  3. "Pearson Campus Ambassador"

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

    I worked at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Provided great understanding of the higher ed publishing industry, great professional experience for students in college

    Cons

    More formalized tasks would be great


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Adaptability is the name of the game"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    co-workers were pleasant, knowledgable and professional

    Cons

    too much org churn, weak leadership at the higher levels, not enough value placed on most seasoned employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Survival of the Fittest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Giving back to education new atmosphere in Hoboken location for NY Metro

    Cons

    Very slow migration toward digital products


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Only interested in numbers and not the employee."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All I can say there is good benefits.

    Cons

    Finds contracting more beneficial than to actually employ the individual. Clinical department management fails to recognize to match employees w/ workload. Demands more out of labor but w/ no exception to making policy more operable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employee not just saving the dollar. Customer's satisfaction will save the company if there are new policies benefiting. Happy employee, happy customer.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Really kind of terrible."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    WFH on Mondays and Fridays. Good Benefits and decent PTO

    Cons

    No real support from management, but heavy micromanaging. It's all about the numbers, even if it doesn't make sense to track your numbers, based on what you do. Managers do not take responsibility for anything, and every word that is spoken is in an effort to CYA. People who are good at what they do end up with piles of work, while the ones that couldn't tell their workload from a hole in the ground get treated as equals. And as equals, I mean that it doesn't matter how hard you work or how much integrity you have, people who are known to slack off and not work get the same bonuses and raises as everyone else. So really, there is no point in working hard.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know....a little effort, maybe? Stop saying yes to every salesperson who screams at you. Grow a backbone and support the people who try their best and stop coddling those who would rather sneak out of work on a constant basis? Walking by and checking who is sitting in their desks isn't the answer.

  8. "Perfect part-time"

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    Current Employee - Test Administrator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Test Administrator in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Quiet environment, a lot of internal communication. Management always listen.
    Nice salary

    Cons

    Lots of regulations from different sponsors and clients.
    Not enough room to grow.
    Mostly 10-15 hrs a week, if you're lucky.


  9. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Work culture is good and team is very helpful . will be put onto live projects, which will facilitate more learning

    Cons

    Salary increment in 1st year will be very slow


  10. "Overall Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    It's a relatively easy job with a company that's pretty well known.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work for a low hourly wage.


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