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Pearson Reviews

Updated Sep 17, 2019

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Layoffs Destroyed the Soul of Pearson"

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    Current Employee - Associate Rich Media Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Coworkers were great--passionate about putting out the best content for our customers, eager to work hard, friendly, kind, and ready to help out. Benefits are pretty good, and work-life balance is a high priority. Good severance packages.

    Cons

    Upper management has thoughtlessly decimated content teams in SF to pay for (mediocre for the area) software engineer salaries, which they're hiring desperately to meet end-of-the-year goals for Pearson's new platform. Goals that will be missed, and probably result in stockholders shutting down the company. Even if the platform goes live, there will be no new state-of-the-art content to fill it, and customers will... not be happy. Prospective software engineers beware--perks are bad, with few paid lunches, a sad spread of snacks, and mediocre tools. Slack is being phased out to be replaced with Microsoft Teams by Fall.

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    Advice to Management

    For every other year since 2013, management has slashed teams and asked the remaining employees to take on ever-increasing workload--challenges that those employees have taken on in good faith. Most of those people are now gone after a drawn out and painful layoff process, and those who are left are disillusioned, angry, and have little motivation to stay. We've been disrespected by these seven months of layoffs and... uncertainty, and you will see a corresponding loss in business. You clearly made business decisions based on numbers and not by consulting the people who actually make the content Pearson bases its reputation on, and, long term, this is a huge mistake. I won't be surprised if Pearson goes the way of Cengage fairly soon.

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    Pearson2019-07-11
  2. Helpful (11)

    "Product Director"

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    Former Employee - Director, Product Management in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some amazing people on staff. Could work from home. Nice severance package.

    Cons

    So many.... So many meetings, so many status reviews, so many check-ins with so many people who all seemed to just work for the weekly reviews. So much paperwork during the review process. So much process with little to show for it. Very political. Easy to wind up in the wrong place when the next round of layoffs came around. Lots of uncertainty. Would this group survive, would the latest strategy survive the next... round of new execs...? Hard to get excited about strategies that seemed to change every quarter. Abysmal raises. Hard to motive staff when no one received more than 4-5% raise each year, no matter how hard they worked. Too many just got the standard 2.x% COL increase... cheap thrill. Going into the office to work became an incredibly depressing event. A sea of desks, never the same people in one area. Find a seat, plug in your headphones for the onslaught of check in meetings. Hopefully see a familiar face to talk to at some point in the day. But probably not. No travel, at least hasn’t been for years. So you work with people you will probably never meet, never really connect with. Especially if they are in Sri Lanka or India. Hard to create real teams that way.

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    Advice to Management

    Not sure why you all announced massive layoffs months or years before they were executed. Do you have a clue about how to really motivate or engage people? If you are unable to develop strategies that excite and retain staff, leave. Get out. The mission of educating people is too important to be in your incapable hands.

    Pearson2019-07-01
  3. "Exactly what I was looking for!"

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    Current Employee - Student Support Specialist in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great time off policy and flexible with which days to take off. Company offers tuition reimbursement. Plenty of advancement and managers who are willing to succession plan. I enjoy what I do on a day to day basis and love the office culture. Plenty of opportunity for advancement and even lateral moves if this role does not fit your needs. Great work life balance- I don't clock in after work hours and this was... important to me.

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    Cons

    Annual reviews are moving to quarterly reviews, which in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but it has been a slow transition. The transition hasn't been very transparent either in terms of what to expect in terms of reviews/compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Pearson2019-06-29
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Culture of fear, bullying, racism and retribution"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not just another e-commerce site. Some parts of the company seem to be doing what the company mission statement and values claim.

    Cons

    Witnessed and personally experienced intimidation, racism, misogyny, bullying and fear-mongering on a very regular basis during my 5+ year tenure here. Attempted reporting incidents to Human Resources multiple times and immediately received retribution from my manager and co-workers each time. Became depressed, fearful, and physically ill. Had to leave the other victims/co-workers behind. Would have probably been a... better culture had I worked at Theranos.

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    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of weeds in what could be a beautiful garden.

    Pearson2019-07-31
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Tenuous at best"

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    Current Employee - Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some nice people, good benefits. No one expects hard work.

    Cons

    So many. Company seems to be in free fall and Forcing a move to digital that it isn’t ready for. Just had major layoffs handled in a very inhumane way, and no one seems to know how much work there will be next year or how many people will be needed to do it.

    Pearson2019-07-05
  6. "Nice Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Pearson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with friendly and helpful management team.

    Cons

    Work can be a bit challenging on certain projects.

    Pearson2019-06-29
  7. "Learning Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Learning Consultant 

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, 401k matching, PTO

    Cons

    Reorganization frequently. A lot of changes and layoffs

    Pearson2019-07-12
  8. "Great company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional, great products and benefits

    Cons

    High turnover, 24/7 culture, high stress

    Advice to Management

    Streamline paperwork to allow reps to focus on spending time face to face with customers

    Pearson2019-07-09
  9. "Great place to work with many opportunities ."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The thing I liked the most was the flexibility the company had to offer.

    Cons

    Distance to travel to work.

    Advice to Management

    Good job.

    Pearson2019-06-22
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Glad to work here, but glad to leave"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Commitment to education Most employees are great people, all committed to education and making a difference in people's lives Excellent opportunities to move about the company - great performers are rewarded with great opportunities International opportunities Fairly paid and great benefits

    Cons

    Leadership lacks clear direction. Few can actually articulate the strategy. Reorgs driven by senior leaders that are not visionary. Perception is that they protect their own, and are unwilling to listen to objective experts to define the vision, build a strategy, and make the hard decisions to execute against that strategy. The result is low morale, lots of meetings-after-the-meetings, mistrust, and... fingerpointing Lots of long time employees that should have left ages ago stick around only because the severance payout is usually very lucrative, and they are biding their time for a payout.

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    Advice to Management

    Recognize that while there are pockets of happy employees, most are frustrated and jaded. Consider a voluntary severance program to root out the people who checked out long ago. Build a simple strategy then educate & execute on it - don't let every team decide for themselves what the strategy is.

    Pearson2019-06-27
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