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Pearson Reviews

Updated December 11, 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)

    "Assoc. Project Manager - Great team, misguided Management"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had the pleasure to work with highly talented developers, designers and project managers on technical teams

    Cons

    management was not transparent
    the entire organization was going through a reorg so I can't blame middle management for the chaos, but I do not think they were champions for the team
    Upper management did not understand software lifecycle nor the concept that staff could work from home and still accomplish their tasks

    They did not want to pay me for the work I was taking on. As I advanced in my role, my new boss (I went through 3 in less than 2 years) was very honest in that they would not promote me to a Project Manager position because it would put me in a new pay bracket. I appreciate his honesty and understand middle management's hands were tied.
    Upper management's focus on squeezing the bottom line blinded them to the talent they had causing high turn over and large knowledge gaps on multiple teams.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Job, but too large for its britches."

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    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is present.
    Salary is OK.
    Some flexibility.

    Cons

    Jobs were always on the line when a restructuring occurred - which was often.

    Advice to Management

    You don't know as much as you think you do.

  3. "Great temporary job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and able to work from home. Easy to contact supervisors for guidance.

    Cons

    It's project-based so it's temporary.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A Company Making a Positive Difference"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -I love my colleagues. Supportive, smart and fun team of people.
    -Good flexibility in allowing people to work from home.
    -Supportive management
    -The products and services have the potential to really make a difference in education, so it feels like a positive corporate mission.
    -In general, people are treated well and there is a respect for diversity/individual differences. Very accepting environment.

    Cons

    -Some people have been here too long and are slow to adapt to the changing education environment. The move from selling books to creating digital products is really hard for some employees. That slows everyone down.
    -Culture of too many meetings.
    -Uncertainty about restructuring is weighing on many people.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about changes and make them as swiftly as possible. Those of us who believe in the company want to move forward quickly and get on with our good work.


  5. "Overall good editorial job"

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    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Really great training and experience in editorial and project management
    Truly nice, dedicated coworkers. Really feels like a team.
    Interesting work.

    Cons

    You will get nickel and dimed in your projects; there is a lot of oversight and top-down control.
    Most large project decisions are made by a group so you don't have the same sense of autonomy you might have at other places.
    It's a large company and a little slow moving.
    Most people aren't in it to get rich, but the salaries can be low.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster faster-moving innovation and adopt some new technologies.


  6. "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual environment, current software & computers, beautiful newly remodeled building, friendly people, remote work option when needed, excellent employment perks with gym discounts and verizon discounts and more, always having speakers on various topics like health-related, leadership, etc.

    Cons

    Pay is better than other companies in this location but very little to no salary increase. Difficult to advance to higher-level position.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Undergoing Turmoil"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Love my team and what I do!

    Cons

    The company is undergoing financial turmoil and making cuts as a result, thus resulting in an environment of fear.

    Advice to Management

    Stay ahead of the curve in education.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great while it lasted..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair and ethical treatment for all employees, great learning opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of silos and a complex overlay of interconnected sub-organizations.


  9. "Good potential, but lacks culture"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Mobile Product Manager in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used Agile Best Practices
    Good Benefits
    Continued Education Opportunity

    Cons

    Lacked Office Culture
    Old School Managerial Style
    Not Encouraged to "Be Curious"

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to venture outside their lanes once in a while and promote curiosity.


  10. "Project Manager"

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    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

    Pros

    Reimburses for job-related education (i.e. MBA)

    Cons

    The opportunities for advancement are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your role and communicate your goals clearer to your team


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