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Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance here as well (in 61 reviews)

  • Nice location in SoHo, if you can stomach the tourists (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management would email at all hours making it difficult to keep up with daily internal correspondence (in 40 reviews)

  • Very little chance for promotions/full time positions (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great job after we formed a UNION!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Robbinsville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a union member we actually had a say. It was no longer just do it or leave...

    Cons

    You were off too many months. You could not make good money.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk over the front line employees. Listen to them and work with them to improve the process..


  2. "Business Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are mostly caring in secaucus NJ office.

    Cons

    Stressful deadlines, no real guidance or mentors.


  3. "Good work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most departments support a pro-family life style, unlimited sick time, little drama, predictable work days, little change from year-to-year, great benefits options

    Cons

    Salaries are lower for the work load, which is the trade off for that family time. Slow moving progression towards emerging technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new technologies


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  5. "Working in Java development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work with not many work so you have balanced life environment if you don't have a manager who wants to release on weekends

    Cons

    Too much politics, and some directors have bad attitude and nobody takes any action against this politics, at the end u get used to it

    Advice to Management

    Free the resources


  6. "Good heart, but frustrating experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good people with kids' needs at heart. The core work is meaningful (when you actually get to do it). Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is paternalistic and averse to change. Decisions are made in panic mode because people are overworked and don't have time to think things through. Many smart people get frustrated and leave (or are pushed out), and mediocre workers stick around forever.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and then trust them to do their jobs without multiple people looking over their shoulder at all times. Give good employees opportunities for growth and encourage fresh ideas — you'll need them.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Watch your back and dummy up!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Literacy on a global basis is the most rewarding work and everyone is part of it...whether they realize it or not.

    Cons

    Watch your back. If you have expertise in something like digital. Play it cool. Don't come across as knowing too much because you will be perceived as a threat to those that pretend to know but have no knowledge at all. When it comes to the website, the people running it have no expertise to back up their positions. They are pretenders at best. Be warned. If you are smart, RUN! If you have expertise and want excel, RUN! If you have ideas, take them with you while you RUN!

    Advice to Management

    Outsource all web operations and hire a company to do all of your content. You are bloated and spend millions of dollars a year on a site that can be run on less than 1 million a year. Take the savings and get some executive coaches that teach soft skills and team management...get back to the way the company used to be...remember when everyone liked each other?


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Closing a World of Possible"

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

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

    Pros

    - Excellent work / life balance
    - Moderately friendly atmosphere
    - Internal cafeteria and terrace

    Cons

    - Antiquated business model that is teetering on collapse
    - Outdated IT systems make doing your job near impossible
    - Promotions / raises are rare
    - Executive level fully comprised of ineffective and unqualified individuals, most of whom are in their position due to familial or geographical relations to the president
    - Misguided directives from higher-ups lead to vast amounts of stockholder value being spent on personal projects that are non necessarily Scholastic-related

    Advice to Management

    The problem with giving advice to management is that management is the problem with this company. A lot of those in power have only worked at Scholastic, so they are unaware how a real public company should operate. Instead of looking for ways to enhance the business, they instead bicker for hours at a time in weekly meetings where nothing gets accomplished.

    Aside from the obvious inefficiencies of the business model, additional cash is being wasted on the president's personal projects such as the side company that she owns as well as her blog. On the same note, a lot of spending decisions are not based on research, but instead are based on what kind of mood she is in at any given time.

    Lastly, Scholastic does not foster a collaborative work environment. There are many silos and within those silos, you have managers that have been in their positions 15+ years and have no desire to move. Because of that, you have disgruntled entry level and senior level employees that are failing to grow due to lack of mentorship, and will never see a promotion since the only move up is taken by someone with no intention to leave.

    I fully expect the company to go private on their 100 year anniversary.


  9. "Good Staff - Management seems to lack direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture is good and there are a lot of talented people working for scholastic

    Cons

    Senior managers tend to micro-manage without giving the sense of a clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and train your staff. The staff feels like they are treading water with no direction.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ruthless Executive Management & Dysfunctional Technical Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager In EScholastic in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager In EScholastic in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Scholastic brand is known worldwide, but especially in the United States, and it conjures warm images of familiarity and care via its many products. The benefits of working at Scholastic don't match the brand.

    The books products and magazines are high quality.

    The company does some very good community works.

    Cons

    Scholastic Technical Services (the corporate technical group) is dysfunctional at best and incompetent at worst; working with them is a constant struggle and an ineffective process.

    Executive management comes off as ruthless in their approach to employees, with layoffs that are inexplicable and seem rather mind-bogglingly mismanaged. Executive management also is rather unconcerned with provable facts about core technical weaknesses.

    The company culture is cold and morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management won't take advice, and seems to be rather isolated in their ivory tower on Broadway. That being said, it would be advisable for them to ask for meetings with subject matter experts and invite feedback about the processes, systems, policies, and interdepartmental dynamics at the company. I offered, for example, to provide hard data and to debrief with the CEO in order to demonstrate the need for a different approach to the company's website and serve as evidence that Scholastic Technical Services was hiding their website mistakes and problems, but I never even got a response to my email. This was approached in a spirit of fairness and helpfulness, but the effect was no change, which does not bode well for a robust, successful future for the company's web presence. The company will continue to be regard for its brand-associated products, but management should live up to its public image by (a) seeing employees as persons with feelings and not just rows in a spreadsheet that can be eliminated at any whim, especially during thriving times at the company, (b) innovating and prioritizing improvements on the website/tech side based on data provided to you by those outside of the tech/analytics group in order to get a fresh, independent sense of what is going on and not the biased story that STS wants to present to you, and (c) making Scholastic a place to work that is as special and remarkable and magical as the products that you sell.


  11. "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good company for a good cause
    family orianated

    Cons

    seaonal shift caused alot of turover rate



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