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Pearson San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • During the last 4 years upper management changes too many times (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Collaborative with Minimal Pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Rich Media Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Rich Media Content Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creativity and brainstorming are highly encouraged. Colleagues are easy to approach and speak with. All ideas are welcome.

    Cons

    Salary is very much below industry range. There is too much red tape, bureaucracy, and stifling corporate standards. Pearson calls itself a technology company, but in reality, it is a publishing company with side media products.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide some flexibility in creating new and inventive products. Reduce the amount of red tape required to offer useful, excellent products. Be more transparent in the goals of the company, be more creative on how to generate review, and estimate goals more accurately so that the company does not appear to meet its goals every year.


  2. "Web Developer"

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    Former Contractor - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits ans paid training to enhance your abilities as a web developer, friendly and knowledgeable superiors, fair salary for starting dev straight out of college. 401k matching and other perks.

    Cons

    Boring job especially as i was lvsrqualified. Had to spend 3 mos as a contractor to get full time benefits and perks. Worst CMS - ever. Begged them to let me re-code it but it was a No-go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the benefits and 401k - very solid and stable place to work long term - I was too young to appreciate it fully (it was really 2006 when j worked there but gd doesn't have that option to select in the drop down).

  3. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, great work/life balance, will have option to work from home half of the time. No micromanagement as long as you do your work.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of growth opportunity, pay is below market

    Advice to Management

    Do not be stingy with pay and you will have a better product


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great group of passionate people"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Development Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone loves what they do and are very passionate about the future of education. Lots of great projects are being developed and it is great to work on them.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Organization structure is constantly changing. New initiatives added without company wide cohesion.


  5. "Excellent Culture"

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, inclusive, and pretty transparent management for such a large company. The benefits are amazing, flexible work hours for employees, and management are (in my experience and in general) easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    The company lags behind the top technology companies in product innovation, and you have to move for most promotional opportunities in the sales force (although that's true for most outside sales forces).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting up and down ride. Good education & technology related work."

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits coverage. Work from home policy.

    Cons

    Salary not up to the mark


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A strong company that has everything it needs to make great products, but sometimes moves slowly."

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    Current Employee - Managing Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company attracts many people who are committed to producing high-quality educational materials and their enthusiasm is contagious. The company also is willing to invest in continually improving products and responding to the market, so you feel like you're working on the "winning team." Also, many managers are supportive of flexible schedules and the company overall has policies to support work-life balance.

    Cons

    It's an enormous company and as a result there are some systems and processes that actually impede productivity. The culture makes it hard to move quickly and make necessary changes. Management sometimes errs on the side of trying to get consensus or make change democratically, when sometimes we might be better served by a more clear vision and an authoritative and speedy execution of decisions and organizational changes.

    Advice to Management

    Management sometimes errs on the side of trying to get consensus or make change democratically, when sometimes we might be better served by a more clear vision and an authoritative and speedy execution of decisions and organizational changes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, poor pay."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the people and the business at Pearson. Overall it was a great work experience. Good benefits, including summer hours, and a flexible work schedule. Managers encourage their team to learn and grow. Great for a first job. Lots of hands-on experience and opportunity to contribute at any level of the organization.

    Cons

    Pay. They pay in publishing is bad, but it is almost unlivable. Unfortunately they operate in major cities and I am not sure how many of the employees get by.

    There are also limited career paths for those that do not want to go into sales. If you want to move up, they make it clear that you have to spend a minimum of two years as a textbook sales rep. If sales is not for you, don't expect to get very far.

    They lose a lot of talented people looking to make more money and move up with out putting their career on hold to put in a couple of years in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more. You will recruit and retain better talent.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Tough times, but don't lose the best people in the process of prudent management decisions."

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is good, the location and virtual nature of the work is very good.

    Cons

    Compensation is low relative to other companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    They should evaluate pay based on other companies in the geographic location. In this case, the pay is quite low relative to other companies in the Bay Area. So, people stay because they like the job and culture, but as the pay gap grows, it becomes increasingly hard to justify staying at the company. Of course, that may be impacted by the current economic environment, but a recovery will happen and jobs will open up in the not-to-distant future.


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