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Pearson Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 49 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. 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

  3. "Pearson"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Scorer"

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    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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Technical Writer"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Pearson pays men more than women"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pearson makes a pretty good product.

    Cons

    I helped a male friend with no outside sales experience get an interview and helped him prep for that interview. I had 10 years of outside sales experience at the time in the industry and they offered him a $30K higher salary than I was being paid.

    Advice to Management

    Merit pay, not gender pay.


  9. "IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great team of people to work with.

    Cons

    A few rough years with profit/share loss. Currently redefining which products to focus on and what to carry forward, which means lots of restructuring over the next few years.

    Advice to Management

    Limited opportunities...it always helps if you know the right people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company car, paid cell phone, very flexible hours

    Cons

    They are not transparent with goals. I got my goal 3 weeks before the end of the year. They need to set goals before the year is over.


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