Scholastic Reviews

Updated May 4, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great Benefits, good work-life balance(in 111 reviews)

  • "Was a pleasant work environment when in the office(in 48 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low to mid-level employees work really hard with little room for growth while many upper management folks are busy with self-promotion(in 64 reviews)

  • "low pay for what they expect you to get done(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      good people

      Nov 27, 2020 - Sales Person 
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      Pros

      most people I met where helpful

      Cons

      my division was very unorganized

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company - little upward mobility

      Apr 27, 2021 - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      -Great company culture -Beautiful offices in SoHo -Generous pay and time off (12 paid vacation days, 4 personal days, unlimited sick days per year for entry-level employees) -Employees who stay longer are given more flexibility around working from home

      Cons

      Since it's such an old, established company with great pay and benefits, many employees have been there for over 10 or 20 years, so people aren't leaving their posts, and as such, there are few opportunities to get promoted. Many will leave the company and come back years later when a higher position opens up (it's called the revolving door of Scholastic).

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A welcoming first step into Technology

      Apr 16, 2021 - QA Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Friendly, Intelligent coworkers: The kind that would explain a hard problem in laymen's terms and then would invite you out for a beer in Pre COVID times -The growth within the Associate Program is phenomenal. With every step of the way your managers support your decision

      Cons

      - Location: Chelsea Piers is far and pretty inaccessible for a lot of employers - Does not value tech: the tech stack is old and mostly revolves around old and antiquated technology

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Book Fair

      May 3, 2021 - Customer Support Representative 
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      Pros

      working with schools and librarians; learning about great products

      Cons

      not a lot of hours

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Don't let a good name fool you!

      Apr 29, 2021 - Book Fair Sales Consultant in Fenton, MO
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      Pros

      Love of books, spreading literacy messages, getting to know fellow book lovers, discounted books

      Cons

      Management, management, management. The corporate management philosophies trickle down. The company line is wonderful and every level spouts off the message that this is about getting books into kids' hands and reading is the most important thing in the world but every other action and word from management is counter productive to fulfilling the mission and damaging to employees. The micromanagement and personalized harassment is nonstop and insidious. The ONLY thing that matters is making profit for Scholastic at a ridiculous and impossible pace. Managers sugarcoat the only objective of making profit by repeating the public statements then blame you personally for not meeting their absolutely random sales goals. There is no rhyme or reason for the goals. Middle managers in offices have no ability or skill to correct corporate on what can be done. The fake praise and sucking up to every level of management is nauseating and has ruined the job itself. If you are not systematically targeted to quit, you will turn into a sly, backhanded gas lighter with zero humanity left in you. Working here will truly crush your soul; especially if you love books, love people, love children and have compassion. If you work her more than two years, you will not retain any of those qualities. Do not let the company line or the memories of Clifford from your childhood fool you. Management has murdered Clifford. Don't let them get to you.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      You are replaceable

      May 4, 2021 - Sales Consultant in West Chester, OH
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      Pros

      Work hours are nice when it comes to a work, life balance

      Cons

      Management sucks. They have an old school sales mentality and do not want to evolve with new strategies.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Overall good

      Apr 22, 2021 - Executive Editor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Opportunity to create products that make a difference in the lives of kids and teachers. Good benefits.

      Cons

      Overwhelming workloads for some editorial positions. Poor leadership culture that causes good workers to leave, either by being pushed out or quitting. I am giving 3 stars for work/life balance only because overwork is an even bigger problem at other publishing companies.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Diversity struggles

      Apr 9, 2021 - Category Manager in Lake Mary, FL
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      Pros

      If you love children's books and reading

      Cons

      Job was one that I did not like and for which I was unsuited

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      VP

      Mar 15, 2021 - Regional Vice President in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Enjoyed the people, mission, and customers

      Cons

      Limited revenue growth, so cutting costs is the norm

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Enjoyed working at Scholastic

      Mar 6, 2021 - Editorial Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great mission and friendly environment

      Cons

      Need to improve communication from the top

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