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Pearson Senior Project Manager Reviews

Updated October 13, 2016
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  1. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, motivated team, evolving processes that provide an opportunity for improvement.

    Cons

    Stakeholder conflicts, need strong change request process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the mission statement.


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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great place to work. Best job I ever had for 19 years.

    Cons

    In the last 4 years upper management has tanked an so has employee morale. A once great sailing ship now floating with a broken mast and taking on water. Our stock purchased over many years has lost most of its value. Employees are scared. Upper management thinks it has the pulse of the employees. Ino reality upper management has lost contact with reality, customers and employees. John has a smooth delivery but has given the same excuses and put on a happy face for stock holders and the media for 4 years now. He is a broken record as is Pearson. NEVER ACCEPT A POSITION HERE. RUN AWAY. It was once a great place to work but now those of us that can manage and lead now hope to manage to leave soon.

    Advice to Management

    Fire John Fallon. The man has proven himself to be a dreadful failure and has pulled Pearson down to his level. If Pearson employees of lesser titles than his performed as he has they would have been separated from the company 3 years ago.


  3. "Project Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, great people to work with that are very supportive.

    Cons

    High rate of layoffs since January 2016

    Advice to Management

    Learn what employees do at a deeper level


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Being at a non-corporate office has it's disadvantages"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sandy, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and plenty of work.

    Cons

    Corporate personnel are not aware of the challenges that off-site personnel contend with on a daily basis. Often corporate influence is one size fits all but often not feasible.

    Advice to Management

    More engagement to the off-sites to obtain a more realistic understanding of the challenges our teams are facing ....those that are involved in the trenches instead of the corporate towers in New York office.


  6. Helpful (19)

    "Layoffs, Layoffs, Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    --It's a creative, collaborative environment. Coworkers were by far the best part about the company.
    --Fairly generous career counseling and severance provided after they lay you off.

    Cons

    --Layoffs, year after year. Sometimes multiple per year.
    --Constant restructuring, renaming, rebranding, reorganizing
    --Deceptive, cowardly, lazy middle management
    --Incompetence at leadership level
    --Completely worthless Human Resources, at least in the Austin office
    --May sound naive, but there's 0 loyalty here. None. No effort to retain top performers

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying people off. Stop reorganizing. You're ruining people's lives. How do you think it made 4,000 people feel to get laid off weeks after you spend millions to roll out a new branding campaign in which all you did was rip off the Pinterest logo? You're sad, and you're making a lot of enemies.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Might have been good at one time"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits and reasonable work-life balance. company has a respectable mission though it lacks a viable plan to achieve it

    Cons

    Low morale; layoffs; outsourcing of critical functions; poor profitability meaning low or no bonus; extremely limited career advancement options in the USA

    Advice to Management

    Being agile does not mean leading without a plan. Cheaper labor is not always better


  8. "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Littleton, CO

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

    Pros

    Potential to learn and get started in a field

    Cons

    Very limited potential to advance


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coralville, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coralville, IA

    I worked at Pearson (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is located in Iowa City, right off of the interstate, it is an educational testing company with many project and program management positions.

    Cons

    Work environment was not very flexible, work life balance is not good, abundance of micromanagement and has a history for layoffs.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager, Team Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager, Team Lead in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally nice people, nice location in downtown Boston, excellent health club membership perk.
    On-site cafeteria with terrace is fantastic.

    Cons

    Tremendous work inefficiencies and poor training. Complex and stifling proprietary systems. VERY little room for movement or advancement.

    Salaries are terrible. Everyone says "Oh, it's publishing, salaries are always low", but that mentality is unacceptable. Pearson is making plenty of money and employs plenty of smart people. They deserve better.

    Advice to Management

    Let some things break. So much time is spent on work-arounds and heroics around product delivery that real issues around staffing, training, and computer systems are swept under the rug. By not making these problems visible, you make it look smooth and seamless to upper management but kill the morale and enthusiasm of some really talented people.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Disappointing Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remaining team members are really good people that care about their work and try to make the best of a difficult situation.

    Cons

    Pearson is going through many re-organizational changes and they have removed their leadership to London. There is a large disconnect between the London management and the US based teams. Communication is poor, there is no buy in into the US staff which is resulting in the loss of many highly knowledgeable and experience staff. Employees are not invested in and permanent employees are driven to leave by difficult and hostile working environments. It's truly unfortunate that a company with such promise and vision has such a poor working environment and treats their staff as just another tool to be used.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and appreciate your employees. High turn over does not benefit teams, processes, nor delivery in anyway. Truly treating employees as assets rather than burdens. But as you notice, no executive nor manager from Pearson has ever responded to these posts. That speaks volumes as to their attitude.