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Pearson Reviews

Updated April 25, 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 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Work from home option. Management can be easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Numerous annual layoffs. Instability depending on your department of employment.


  2. "Innovative company that cares about its employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Student Advisor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Worked on cutting-edge projects in education
    - Pearson greatly values its employees and students
    - Senior management were accessible

    Cons

    - Company not immune to bureaucracy
    - Several cuts due to downsizing


  3. Helpful (1)

    "SSE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer - Architect - ECourses in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer - Architect - ECourses in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Good technologies, experience dependent on project/group

    Cons

    limited to single group, work-life balance dependent on group, average benefits.


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  5. "NCS Pearson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work timings. Work culture and ethics are good.

    Cons

    not much technology upgrades. Difficult to get response from management on anything. Benefits, compensations are not very competitive. No promotions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Education sales. Good products. Good benefits. Company car. Work from home. Not much else to say. Potential to make good money but goals are unattainable in current environment.

    Cons

    This company wants to work its people to the bone. Extraordinary expectations and no support. Company is struggling. Layoffs. No raises. No flexibility. Lots of travel. Large territories.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the quality of your tenured sales force and the importance of relationships in making sales value your employees strengths and work life balance. The good employees will do what it takes to be successful, do not micro manage. Trust. The bad employees will fail and it will be taken care of in the results. The work life balance is non existent. If you want to keep good employees allow them to do their job.


  7. "Technical Support Specialst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Hoboken, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great team work. Ability to work from home

    Cons

    No growth with in team.


  8. "Worked for PowerSchool division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Too much corporate overhead and too many antiquated processes to follow.


  9. "Systems Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Wide areas of opportunity to learn different aspects of IT
    Great employees to work with

    Cons

    Longevity with the company means nothing
    Communication is lacking from the top down
    It takes way too long to stay current with technology


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Communications Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a great mission and the staff from around the world really feel like the work they are doing can make a difference. Great work/life balance with many managers allowing people to to WFH.

    Cons

    Years of reorganization has eroded morale. Leadership is in survival mode and are more interested in protecting their own jobs than finding ways to truly make the company shine. Very slow to innovate. Approval processes are long and tedious due to so many people wanting/feeling the need to to contribute (therefore protecting their own jobs as they become part of the "team").

    Advice to Management

    Find a reorganization plan and stick to it. Let the plan play out before abandoning it for another reorganization plan that seems better, as so far that hasn't worked. Everyone understands the need for layoffs, but it should be across the board including non-performing managers. Open your eyes and really see where the productivity and successes are and will be, and stop living in the past.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Lost their way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retention Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Retention Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Engaging mission
    Pearson is a great company if you want a mission to get behind. They say they want to change education worldwide.

    Cons

    Poor communication
    Bad execution on values
    Underpaid
    Lack of clarity on vision
    Lots of double management
    No easy way for employees to express concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention. Stop believing middle management.


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