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Pearson Senior Project Manager Reviews

Updated May 8, 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 105 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and a healthy work / life balance. Compensation is ok.

    Cons

    Lacks strategic direction and follow through. Plays in the now and the newest shiny bobble instead of thorough research and review. Too many yes-men.

    Advice to Management

    Lacks strategic direction and follow through. Plays in the now and the new shiny bobble instead of thorough research and review.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "IT Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with diverse teams under pressure. Some amazing people work here.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours with little moral or monetary compensation. Responsibilities and duties are added constantly without support. Everybody either runs around like a chicken with it's head cut off or they do nothing at all. A very political place to work, it's who you know, not how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    When adopting new business trends you need to not just implement them but see them through. The minimal effort put into changes results in the company being able to say they have adopted the trend but in fact they are never carried through which hurts the company overall.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Pearson doesn't care about it's people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with working from home.

    Cons

    No mentoring programs. No training or career development for employees. Lay off immediately when lose contracts and then rehire when win business instead of working to place employees in other positions. Terrible employee satisfaction and morale. Do not use data to make upper level leadership decisions. No consistency among managers as no training is provided to them. Do not reward high performers. Roles are not clearly defined.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a mentoring program and career development. Create a job profile library with detailed descriptions of various jobs. Make open job reqs more detailed so that internal employees can more easily apply for other positions.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (20)

    "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.


  9. 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


  10. "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