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Pearson Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Use to be a great company with clear direction and long term goals.

    Cons

    No stability (plagued with layoffs), management has taken agile methodology for org-structure with quarterly sprint cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good but not at this frequency.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Confused leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to Learn in a company that is undergoing change

    Cons

    uncertain goals, one doesn't know what are we working towards and if we are growing in our career. Company has dated HR policies and practices

  3. "Account General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great group of coworkers, And really respected the leadership for most of the time I worked there.

    Cons

    They had frequent reorganizations and did some staffing cuts that affected customer care.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "It is not what it used to be. Stay away for now."

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    US colleagues are amazing. There are Amazing people throughout the organization in all departments.
    Authors and pedagogy are sound.
    Flex hours
    Work from home
    401k

    Cons

    Creating a One Pearson makes sense from a lot perspectives, but sometimes it can't work. Global marketing has been a disastrous undertaking with people in London clearly not understanding what the North America market does. Constant reorganization is driving out the best talent from all areas and new senior management is disrespectful of those who have been at Pearson a long time. You can't come in and try to run a business you don't understand.

    The company has announced 3,000 more layoffs by the end of 2018. While transparency is great, employees feel like it's constant Russian roulette. It's hard to get work done when everyone is constantly worried about losing their jobs. There's a lot of talk about resiliency yet there's no compassion.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the impact you're having on your people. They care immensely about the organization and it's hard to stay when there's no security.


  5. "Product Implementation Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility. Challenging. Paid for my MBA

    Cons

    Little growth within the company.


  6. "Scorer"

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    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, interesting work, loved student essays, good bonuses

    Cons

    Assignments were too brief. Would love more work

    Advice to Management

    I'd send me some work.


  7. "CRM Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allow me to work from home. Generous time-off policy. Only fair insurance benefits, but very good 401(k) matching and stock-purchase options. Diverse and welcoming work culture.

    Cons

    Little room for growth in salary even if you excel at your work goals. Performance review salary tightly tied to sales performance of the company. Somewhat volatile market. Pearson is an enormous company.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The Titanic - It's going down..."

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

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

    Pros

    No pros. I had a horrible work-life balance and apparently was not valued in my position at all.

    Cons

    I had a long career at Pearson - Stellar sales performance, Several promotions; And was laid off without any inkling that it was coming my way. Educational publishing is a sinking ship - It's an industry problem. If you're looking for a stable career, Pearson is not where you should be looking - Trust me.

    Advice to Management

    I was laid-off, while another employee with less tenure and sub-par sales performance to me was kept on to take over my duties, as well as their own. How was that decision made...? Exactly.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Secure Job
    Worked with the best in the industry
    Many Resources
    Amazing intellectual capacity on teams

    Cons

    Executive Leadership
    Old model in changing business
    Unrealistic expectations from Management

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and let them do their jobs. Stop running skeleton teams. Cutting jobs to save money is hurting the company. Very few growth opportunities for women and people of color.


  10. "Mostly good."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Really nice people. The corporate cultural was fairly family friendly. Was able to work from home often when I had a sick child or parent.

    Cons

    Compensation was low for the amount of hours and availability they expected during projects. This could have been somewhat addressed by having official comp time, but they didn't.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better.


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