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Pearson Reviews

Updated Oct 10, 2019

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Pearson CEO John Fallon
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1,248 Ratings
  1. "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
  2. 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
  3. "Great company, lots of change"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Pearson are among the best - collaborative, exciting, helpful environment. Training and management top notch. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of change happening in the industry in the past few years. Difficult to cultivate customer relations when constantly changing territories

    Advice to Management

    Make the changes and then stick to them for some stability.

    Pearson2019-06-20
  4. "Positive culture but watch out for reorgs and layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The sales teams have great culture and great management on the lower levels. Compensation is strong, and there is opportunity to travel. I've had some of the best managers and mentors here, as well as peers. Job could be very rewarding at times.

    Cons

    The learning curve is insane. It takes 4 months to get a good handle on this job. Upper management is very weak, and has been putting the sales force through reorgs/layoffs every single year since 2013. It seems like they're unable to stick with a business strategy for more than a year before tearing it down and trying again a year later with a different strategy. Any reps still loyal to the company are then... expected to beg for the remaining scraps of jobs. The volume of incoming work is very high, making it hard to balance with your expectation to hunt for new business.

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    Advice to Management

    Pick a business plan and stick to it.

    Pearson2019-06-18
  5. "edTPA scoring"

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    Current Employee - Trainer/Supervisor in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Pearson part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, challenging work, strong support

    Cons

    Difficulty of the task, uneven work flow

    Pearson2019-06-16
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Always Changing, NOT Always Learning"

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    Former Employee - Test Center Administrator in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Annual $25 Employee Appreciation Gift Card, nice Manager

    Cons

    Constant Schedule Changes, Constant Procedural Changes, lack of staff retention, poor pay, no benefits, no promotability

    Advice to Management

    The optimal candidate is a 65+ year old retiree that has saved no money and uses this job to supplement his/her Social Security.

    Pearson2019-07-20
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No work at all, you have contractors to do all your work, they trust contractors to develop software and their full time employee should just tell contractors what to do.

    Cons

    You will unlearn all your software development skill, You may end up being jobless No pay hike No career growth No job satisfaction Horrible health insurance plans No perks

    Advice to Management

    There's no proper transparency in management, I still wonder why management never emphasize ok developing software in-house rather than outsourcing. Most of the teams have offshore developers India , Middle East, etc just for the namesake they have offices here.

    Pearson2019-07-18
  8. "Work till they don't need you"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Good steady work for a few months a year

    Cons

    Only enough for a few months a year

    Pearson2019-06-14
  9. "Interesting Job"

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    Former Employee - Scorer 
    Recommends

    I worked at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Periodic work, lunch is served, quiet work location with free parking.

    Cons

    Periodic work and not regular

    Pearson2019-06-26
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Digital Transformation hitting a road bump"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people Flexible work from home

    Cons

    Lack of women in leadership Rigid Hierarchical Management Three years and still no new platform

    Advice to Management

    While employees are “empowered” with no power the expected digital transformation will continue to progress at a snails pace.

    Pearson2019-06-16
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