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Pearson Reviews

Updated March 27, 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 96 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AGM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare, good parties, travel opportunities

    Cons

    High turnover, lay offs, the company is losing money each year and couldn't pay bonuses last year, upper management is often disrespectful and undermines your opinions

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure that you respect all employees. Don't raise your voice at adults because they make less money than you do.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working from home flexibility and benefits

    Cons

    Too many changes in the past years


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "Good Work Live Balance"

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

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    There is good work life balance

    Cons

    Company in declining education market


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Reorgs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and hours

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing, diminishing the focus on quality

    Advice to Management

    The talent in house produces better, more sustainable products.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stepping stone jobs to get experience for a career elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working toward global education for all is noble work. Company tries to be green. Human Resources provides a lot of resource referrals to employees. Work/life balance is usually good. Company appears to contribute generously to charities and global conservation efforts. They also provide time off for employees to do volunteer work, which is unnecessary for those of us who already volunteer in our spare time, but may influence some employees to be more community-minded.

    Cons

    Salaries plus benefits do not keep up with cost of living increases in real life. Some years no raises or minimal raises were given to all employees. Company's focus on increasing corporate earnings and meeting corporate goals falls flat when employees' salaries are not competitive. Result: employees I've brought in have left within two years for better jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Pearson occasionally does employee surveys in which they ask whether the employee would recommend Pearson to colleagues and family. When the answer is NO, survey does not ask the reason for employee's dissatisfaction. For me, it's because salary is not commensurate with work, and job title does not represent what I actually do. Also not covered on surveys: employees often lose earned vacation days. Company should allow days from previous year to be carried over for a few months into following year. I lost many earned vacation days one year when poor planning in another department resulted in a major, critical project falling in my lap near the end of the year. No time off allowed and much overtime work on my part led to successfully completion of project, but loss of work/life balance. One minor issue: being a green company fails when human resources regularly sends paper mail on expensive stock just to promote HR programs. Email is just as effective, is green, and saves $$.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Reorgville"

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

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and advancement opportunities

    Cons

    not the same without marjorie.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Pearson Strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large global organization with goal to impact learners at every age and stage
    Believe in transformation to digital
    Cash from divesting of 'old economy' business assets like Penguin, Economist, etc.

    Cons

    Moves like a large government organization
    Technology deficits in infrastrcture are slow to be repaid - global ERP and decision support fragmented
    Lack of ability to execute on transformation goals
    Key leadership roles have been refreshed but not at the pace needed to drive real change
    Tough decisions over past few years were made too slow to drive the transformation

    Advice to Management

    take the poison pill and turn the titanic


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A decent part-time job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good coworkers. Health insurance

    Cons

    Excessive rules and security. Procedures are obtuse and arbitrary.



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