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Updated January 4, 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 (5)

    "Abusive Untrained Managers Run Wild Running Educational Sweatshop!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working conditions are very nice. There are ample offices and the working environment is peaceful. My collegues were extremely passionate about their work. The best part was the 7 hour working days and in the summer they give 1/2 day summer Fridays (although some bosses won't let you take them eventhough it is company policy).

    Cons

    Management has absolutely no training or professional experience in managing and supervising. They are allowed to treat their employees with abhorrent behavior. There is so much backstabbing and stupid office politics amoungst teams that it is hard to get your work done. The mental and verbal abuse is unethical, immoral and illegal. The workload's are ridiculous they say you only work 7 hours, but they guilt you into working 10 hours a day and many weekends. Department's lack plans for career advancement and professional growth- so you will get to a certain level and that is as far as you go. The pay is EXTREMELY low- especially for the fact that there is little to no career advancement opportunities, overload of work and the unending abuse you take on a daily basis- if your not getting yelled at or mistreated, your work load is so overbearing you want to jump off a bridge! Also, they do not give you the tools necessary succeed in your job- you are set-up for failure as soon as you walk in the door.

    Advice to Management

    GET SOME TRAINING! Learn how to be an effective manager and learn how to arm your employees for success!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Live to Work - No life outside of work kind of company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    College Grads are ideal only. If you have just graduated and enjoy a college campus lifestyle then this is your dream job.

    Cons

    Sales reps are virtual goats! If you have a family don't work at Pearson. I have never in my life seen such a lack of respect for employees who have families. This job is meant for trolls and "Yes Men" only. No matter how intelligent you are and the value you bring you are to be seen and not heard period. The amount of data entry and book ordering for teachers is enough to make anyone go nuts. The technology and systems used at Pearson are archaic at best. The leadership is based on popularity and not on skill or experience. Leadership is weak and even so, it seems they promote upper management just so they can say they are doing something. Don't waste your time with this joke of a company. Only "Yes Men" need apply!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Listen like you ask your employees to do and try to see the value in a work and life atmosphere that you preach but don't endorse. Get a reality check, by hearing your sales staff's needs and address the frustrations and don't brush them off. Right now there are thousands of unhappy sales folks working at Pearson. The only sales staff that are happy are young and conformed to the Pearson Culture, AKA GOAT Mentality!


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Mind numbing tedium"

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    Current Contractor - Graphic Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Graphic Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only plus is working at home

    Cons

    Terribly disorganized
    forced to create graphics at a breakneck pace
    Any semblance of quality or value in the art work is brutally discouraged as it raises the bar for the brand and costs them money so you are held to a very low denominator of creating poor quality clip art for the K-12 material.
    It is a hectic rush with numerous and varied lead artist giving you conflicting direction and harried producers pushing you to work longer hours.

    Advice to Management

    Consider becoming a provider of QUALITY educational resources not the low grade cheap material that is the driving style now.


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "A steady and sharp decline from the onset."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the biggest publishing house in the world, and comes with many standard corporate perks: 401k, paid time off, sick leave, desks and the internet.

    Cons

    Layoffs, frequent infrastructure changes, lack of upward mobility, poor pay, outdated software, misplaced management, no transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Create transparency in hiring process, restructure bonuses to reflect the work of individual teams, look at impact of infrastructure changes, take a closer look at HR bullying tactics and sexual harassment within middle management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Big Corporation Thinking Mainly About Profits"

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    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about this company is the people working in the trenches.
    Everyone is intelligent and goes above and beyond to get the job done.
    The health benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The President and upper management care more about profits and shareholders than providing the people actually doing to work the tools/software they need.
    The old data systems they use do not work together, are constantly breaking down, and almost every time they perform an update, something else goes wrong with at least one system.
    Most people who have worked there over 10 years have yet to receive a promotion or a raise. Employees are asked to do the work of two people, without monetary compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what employees say and provide a potential solution instead of sending out a post saying you hear us, and not give any more information.
    Consider carefully what and who will be affected before moving the Accounts Payable and 'help desk' to India, where the people are paid even worse and don't care about what kind of job they do. When over 50% of the outside vendors don't get paid for work already done for up to a year, something is atrociously wrong.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Rife with Political Nonsense"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many global locations and they spend a decent amount on their offices. The benefits package is decent. You get good discounts on text books

    Cons

    Horribly political and cannot make any progress. The only reason they are partly successful is that they are the incumbent and people don't have any choices yet. Horrible use of technology and they completely over spend on their technology.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the professionals that you bring in. Talk to people


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was at one time--before John Fallon became CEO--a wonderful place to work with rewarding work creating high quality educational books and other content, with intelligent and creative colleagues while turning a nice profit.

    Cons

    The company has lost its vision, claiming to be a media company with no tangible plans to make that happen. Eliminating staff, reorganizing in a sloppy way, and rebranding does not contribute to a better product or make Pearson a media company.

    Advice to Management

    You've asked us repeatedly via interviews and questionnaires for our feedback--listen to it! Efficacy is just a buzzword; it means nothing to the people working on products. Either drop it or come up with a real plan to execute it.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Where's the loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fair Salary
    - Work/Life balance

    Cons

    Plenty....
    -No advancement opportunities, not in position or raises.
    -No raise in 3 years. The company is making millions every year but only the tops are seeing the benefit from that and are lining their pockets. (Cost of living adjustment this year gave me 1 more dollar a month, yeah thanks.)
    -0 loyalty to employees but they show supreme loyalty to their mediocre, below standard vendors over seas.
    -Lack of technology, meaning they are wanting to make their employees to do some very modern stuff with outdated 90's freeware.
    -Employee cuts, in the last 2 years we've had major cuts to our workforce but are still expected for the same kind of output each year and to do more tasks to cover for the lack of employees without a pay increase. *high five*
    -False hopes, meaning the managers will dangle potential bonuses in front of your face to keep you there. Then at the end of the year and after all the employee cuts they'll give you the speech of "Well we missed this or that mark" (reminds me of the State Farm commercial "Ohh you almost had it, gotta be quicker than that.")
    -Culture...there is 0 of that, no employee parties, or lunches together to actually get to know anyone...well unless it's on your dime.

    Advice to Management

    Pearson preaches so much about loyalty to it's employees but has none, start their. Instead of using mediocre, below standard vendors over seas invest in your employees, just because they cost little to nothing the mediocre work they do definitely shows in all of your products. There are just to many cons to give "advice" to management because management or the lack of doesn't care as long as they are getting a nice cut.

    **If you are reading this review my advice is to just stay away from this company and find one that shows employee loyalty. Unless you are looking for a very top level management position and don't care how people view you....then this is the perfect company for you.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and noble vision that they can't execute. Used to be a great place to work. Good benefits, good bonus, but all that is give like tea in a harbor.

    Cons

    London mismanaged and missed opportunities. Didn't have a chance if you didn't have a British or some European accent with only a few exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    Move the power center to the US and hire technologists and finish building the education platform you should have done five years ago. Making a digital copy of a book is not innovative. Stop making up acronyms for programs that everyone is expected to remember and know what the goal and function is when many times it's all bs. Stop rewarding failure and spitting on the people who facilitate success by maintaining your work environment. These people when given the chance could give you an idea that could help the company immensely but you don't listen so really who cares. Loved this company and wish it well but why do I have the feeling it will be bought up and sold for parts in the next few years.


  11. "Leading academic publisher fails to lead in management."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great city location. Excellent books. Some great professionals

    Cons

    Poor management leads to poor morale. Insensitivity of management. Poor communication. Dreadful human resources who represent management and not the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the work/life balance of your employees.


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