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Updated June 7, 2017
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  • Upper management would email at all hours making it difficult to keep up with daily internal correspondence (in 41 reviews)

  • company doesn't care much about its "freelance" employees (they have you on full-time mon-fri 9-5 but take very little care of these employees) (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Nice People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Email Designer and Print Designer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Email Designer and Print Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn new work experiences nice

    Cons

    Overwhelming workload fast paced stress


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great work/life Balance, VERY few opportunites for growth."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Easy Hours
    - Positive Attitude
    - Fun Content

    Cons

    - Below market pay
    - Poor Benefits
    - Very limited opportunity for advancement. In the three years I have been full-time I have seen almost the entire marketing staff turn over because of this problem.

    Advice to Management

    Become more comfortable with change and support smart people when they are eager to advance the company along with their careers.

  3. "Scholastic Jefferson City,MO"

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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Jefferson City, MO
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Jefferson City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic (More than a year)

    Pros

    They had great benefits and allowed plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    It was seasonal work, and the supervisors watched you like prison guards.


  4. "easy work, bad management"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Java/J2EE Developer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Senior Java/J2EE Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy work to have a balance life

    Cons

    no way to grow in the company and culture is really bad, having so many useless policies in IT and procedures


  5. "Good heart, but frustrating experience"

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    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.


  6. "So Many Harry Potter Fans Work Here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who love books and want to bring more books to more children--especially Harry Potter.

    Cons

    Lack of clear vision from the leadership team means that mid-level and entry-level employees lack direction and motivation. Books are not innovative or ground-breaking. Editors and Sales only want to replicate the success of Harry Potter.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Take more risks and stop settling for the status quo.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Management Needs Help"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Access to books galore
    - Company discount (the store in NYC has closed since then so I am not sure how they do this now) We used to get 30% regular and special days it would be 40% or 50% at the store.
    - Access to author signings and events that you can bring your kids to
    - Cafeteria & Nurse on site in NYC
    - Gym on site in NYC

    Cons

    - Management expected long hours and wanted employees on call 24/7
    - Salaries are not that great if you are not Director level or above
    - Benefits used to be a lot better but every year since 2011 they have cut benefits
    - Used to be a family oriented company with excellent maternity benefits and 401K but that has been cut

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Deloitte, cut the fat at the top. Most of the VPs and Presidents of divisions have their own self interest at heart. Most top management does not keep up with the changing industry (e.g. Storia development). Hire for talent and in order to get and retain talent you need to pay them a competitive salary. The benefits at Scholastic are industry standard at best so benefits will no longer attract top talent. The company has survived for a long time but it's time for Mr. Robinson to make some moves.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people, company behind the times"

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    Former Contractor - Tech in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Tech in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice and seem respectful to each other. Hours are reasonable – good work/life balance. The fact that the company provides reading materials to children and gets them excited about reading is very admirable. Many employees like working at Scholastic for that reason.

    Cons

    Scholastic is an old company and that’s evident in some of the business practices and infrastructure. It’s a very hierarchical organization. There seem to be a lot of layers and I was never sure what all the people in the middle did. Execs work in offices and don’t seem to spend much time mingling or interacting with people that don’t directly report to them or are not in senior positions.

    They hire a lot of contractors which means that some people aren’t committed and don’t have a lot of incentive to stay if a better offer comes along. It also makes building a unified team more difficult. You don’t feel a sense of cohesiveness. It feels like the kind of job that is rote work and not a lot of the other elements that make going to work each day more pleasant.

    Minor, but worth mentioning: There are very few of the kind of perks that most tech companies are providing these days – things like free snacks and beverages, coffee/tea options, catered lunches, etc. These are things that more competitive tech companies provide and that people in the tech job market are growing more accustomed to seeing as a given.

    There’s quite a chasm between how contractors and employees are treated – moreso than I’ve seen at other companies. I’ve heard some contractors say that they’re not eligible for Macbooks because of their status. So, instead they’re given PC laptops that seem old and are heavy and clunky.

    There are a lot of lifers, which can be both good and bad, but if people don’t leave and experience how things are in other companies and the industry, it makes it more difficult to innovate and generate new, fresh ideas. You can see this most evidently on the website, which they are only recently putting work into modernizing.

    It’s heavy on process and somewhat corporate. Career growth opportunities seem limited, partially since the company is so big and bureaucratic.

    It’s not a bad place to work, but there are better places if you’re in tech. I decided to leave because I didn’t feel like I’d be able to grow my skills there. It felt more like I’d regressed.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, cut the fat, organizational layers, and bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great products, very creative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The products are top of the line and you know you're making a difference in kids' lives which gives some purpose to your day.

    Cons

    The collegial atmosphere sometimes means no decisions get made. Debate forever and no one has authority to make the final call.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts you hire. You hired them for their technical expertise so listen and consider their advice.


  10. "Scholastic"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits. Great location.

    Cons

    Publishing industry being tested heavily by shift to e-books resulting in shrinking of the Operations.


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