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Updated January 12, 2018
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  • Upper Management can be somewhat disengaged (in 56 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 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible part-time 2nd job
    Off on Weekends and Holidays
    Fun people

    Cons

    Supervisors and Managers are pretty worthless and usually don't deserve their position.

    Advice to Management

    Start over with management


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good mission but poor management"

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    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)

  3. Helpful (3)

    "marketing manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the mission, the location, the hours

    Cons

    poor leadership, unethical and ineffective tech department

    Advice to Management

    changes need to be made at the top, good talent leaves because it is a struggle to get anything done


  4. "Art director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Good Hours and not far from home.

    Cons

    Terrible management, I hated this place.


  5. "Below average"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice group of people to work with.

    Cons

    They rush everything and editors/ publisher have no appreciation of designers and old management makes difficult for any changes.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees for their hard work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to begin a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    A very comfortable environment to work in

    Cons

    Micromanagement is a huge problem from the very top all the way down
    Very little collaboration between departments
    Everything is hurry up and wait
    Little opportunity for growth


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The place where careers go to die"

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    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

    Pros

    Nice, caring coworkers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Not much possibility of advancement, constant restructuring, tremendous layoffs, company has gone downhill as a whole fairly rapidly.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    commission is great when you meet your plan

    Cons

    heavy politics; HR does not help


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Lost, Cheap, and Confused"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance for some, not so great for others.

    Cons

    Poor technology leadership
    Bad decision making
    Cheap, Cheap, Cheap
    No long term strategy or plan
    Childish leadership
    Middle management is lost and has no ability to lead their teams

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act. You spend all of your time emulating other companies you want to be like. Instead focus on being the best Scholastic can be. Trust the people to come up with the solutions that will drive the company forward.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover due to poor communication and inconsistent hours with no prospects for growth or development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, feel good about promoting literacy. Work in many different areas with many different people. Compensated for travel time and mileage.

    Cons

    Last minute scheduling, lack of hours during slow times in the seasons. Poor communication between account reps and field reps. Often the school is given incorrect appointment times, giving an unreliable and bad first impression of the person who is scheduled for said appointment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining quality employees instead hiring many people and giving few assignments to each. Communication needs to be improved across all departments so that everyone can be on the same page.


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