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Pearson Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (28)

    "always changing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good work-life balance
    -not much politics at the lower levels
    -mostly female middle managers and they care about being good managers
    -mostly good people who want to do a good job 9-5
    -great location (Copley Square)
    -if you are someone that wants to work sincerely, but not super crazy like in a tech startup, this is a good place
    -despite the bad rap Pearson gets, some products are really cool and there are some very smart people who work there

    Cons

    -upper management is men. Folks, if you believe the glass ceiling doesn't exist in corporate America, come to Pearson.. where 80% of the employees are women but upper management is 90% men!
    -upper management is clueless and arrogant
    -hire managers from outside instead of promoting the ones in the company
    -frat boy culture in upper management
    -strategy keeps changing (read--no strategy)

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire frat boys to lead this company. Promote the women in your organization. There's something rotting in Pearson and it is probably you.


  2. "Outbound Call Center Manager"

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

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great team members and my direct manger was amazing.

    Cons

    The call center director at that time was not pleasant. The lines of communication was very blurry.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Questionable Decision Making from the top"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working environment
    Benefits are good
    Most people working are very hard working people

    Cons

    In an attempt to consolidate efforts, they are actually making decisions that will duplicate efforts
    Lots of jobs going off shore
    Tendency to build everything from scratch instead of making use of technologies they already have and are working.

    Advice to Management

    Try to re-use what you have
    Pay attention to the opinions of long term employees that have produced successful products in the past.
    Simplifying should not mean featureless and many features does not always mean too complicated.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    You can move up if you can handle working all the time and they have great benefits for employees.

    Cons

    A very confusing corporate structure and they are always restructuring. Very poor flow of information from upper management to lower employees and everything is steeped in secrecy. Very strange.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so secretive and sketchy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good People Rough Times"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, Friendly employees great atmosphere

    Cons

    Company going through changes many cuts down the road

    Advice to Management

    Make smart decisions


  6. "Pearson"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, global presence, commitment to quality.

    Cons

    Change to digital not without bumps.

    Advice to Management

    Hang on to tangible assets.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Scorer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Straightforward, easy work, good pay.

    Cons

    If the company runs out of work you are let go, this can happen at any time without warning. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    When advertising expected project dates, such as April to June, where employment and work is guaranteed for scorers already employed, don't then overhire new employees during that period as that eats into available work and scorers are out of work by May. Many of your low level employees depend on that employment and pay for that time period, when we are told ahead of time the dates of employment, we expect and work our lives around being employed for those dates. When work runs out, the scorers are hit the hardest.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "VP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Small pockets of talented, smart and ethical people.

    Cons

    Unethical, terrible leadership across the sales and product organizations with enormous skills gaps driven by fiefdoms, massive egos and necessity to cover up their failed experiments.

    Advice to Management

    Candidly, you need to shed your senior sales leadership and the fiefdoms. The same goes for the senior leadership and fiefdoms across the product teams. They promote in their likeness and this mindset is pervasive. The results accurately reflect the impact these people have made on this company.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and there are nice enough people to work with depending on what office location you are in.

    Cons

    Pearson is going though massive cuts and will probably keep gutting departments and talent until they are bought out or split into several small companies. Do not apply to work here unless you accept the fact that you will be looking for new work within 15 months.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all senior management starting with John Fallon and completely start over. Re-emphasize core products and don't buy digital companies to stay with the trend if you have no plan on how to utilize them correctly.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Technical Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined: diverse company with a good strategy across multiple disciplines that supported its employees well.

    Cons

    None of the above continued after John Fallon took over. I absolutely LOVED this company under Marjorie Scardino.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to begin at the top, but the latest CEO bonus figure vs lack of employee raises (not even cost of living!) says that the company has other values.


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