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Updated November 12, 2017
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  • Upper Management can be somewhat disengaged (in 44 reviews)

  • In the three years I have been full-time I have seen almost the entire marketing staff turn over because of this problem (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful company, but pay is discouraging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Opportunities for growth and development are there if you show your worth and attentiveness

    - Stays true to our mission and the common goal

    -Colleagues are wonderful, great environment(mostly)

    - Benefits

    Cons

    - If you aren't management, then chances are you're getting severely underpaid.

    - Vacation

    - Communications and expectations between various departments can become a headache

    - Politics can play a role when getting hired for positions and not necessarily your skill set

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep key employees, you must show your appreciation to keep them engaged otherwise they may find their worth and appropriate pay at another company. Loyalty only goes so far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, not good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Mission of children’s literacy is taken seriously.

    Cons

    Senior management is between 10 and 30 years behind the times.

  3. "flex hours"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Flex hours, work life balance

    Cons

    I can not think of any


  4. "Creative and Encouraging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the art department of the trade division as a senior designer. From the creative director and art director to my immediate supervisor I was always encouraged, with real, usable critique of my designs.

    Cons

    Sometimes editors can be a little overbearing and bossy, but my supervisors were good at interpreting and running interference when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Balance art and editorial a little more; editorial seems to be bossy, not helpful.


  5. "Account Excecutive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly focued organization, with a committment to see that every child develops love for reading

    Cons

    Need to be extremely organized, and a highly effective communicator with strong knowledge of literacy and 24x7 work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good mission but poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff, everyone motivated to by successful, cares about good tech, flexible hours and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Wants quality engineers but won't pay (below average for SWE in NYC), little vacation, disconnected middle managers, little care for career progression/raises/promotions. Heavy usage of offshore contracting. Technology group seen as separate entity from other departments. Heavy reliance on metrics over actual delivery and progress, which encourages some middle managers to lie. Little to no career mobility after promotion to staff.

    Advice to Management

    If you want good engineers, you have to pay a wage that fits the area. Most associates move home or out of NYC within a year or two because its unaffordable on such a low salary.

    Get rid of offshore contractors and invest in training and educating your engineers to fill the gaps.

    Bridge the gap between your organizations so there aren't conflicting policies (dress code, compensation, etc)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior IT Staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Your opinion matters and heard

    Cons

    The employees were getting too disconnected with each other and with mgmt as there were too many personnel change at every level.

    Advice to Management

    The change in the personnel should be slower to maintain well connected and coillabrative teams

  8. "Worst company ever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    No positives. They are a fraudulent company.

    Cons

    They'll fire you in an instant if they think it will up the owners stock price. No loyalty whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    PAY YOUR VENDORS instead of scamming your investors.


  9. "Opportunity for growth and great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Technologically on the cutting edge, they usually allow employees to be themselves and contribute.

    Cons

    Upper Management can be somewhat disengaged.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to more employees, especially at the mid-level.


  10. "Multiple Jobs Within a Short Amount of Time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Depends On What Month IT Was in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Depends On What Month IT Was in Saint Charles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People in my dept
    2 months summer vacation

    Cons

    Little to no direction from upper management. I had my position/job changed 3 times within less than 1 year, never fully utilizing the skills and experience I have that they highlighted when they hired me. Blame all changes/decisions on corporate and act like they have no say in the matter. Little to no training involved other than "self-study," which means to read a bunch of books Scholastic sells and hope you retain any information when speaking with customers. Also please update your CRM, the stone age called they want it back.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some backbone to corporate, utilize employees skills where needed and stop rushing to hasty changes/decisions that make no sense.


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