Scholastic Reviews

Updated February 7, 2016
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Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson
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Pros
  • As the only book publishing company with top female executives, Scholastic is also great when it comes to work/life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • Really friendly team, attentive manager, super cool location in SoHo, interesting work (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the upper management is a bit unstructured and haphazard in strategy (in 33 reviews)

  • Very little chance for promotions/full time positions (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Work-life Balance, Daily Creative Energy, Enthusiastic Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HTML Integrator in Prince, NY
    Current Employee - HTML Integrator in Prince, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance enhances employee productivity. Contrary to so many corporations, the emphasis on investing on employees' whole life traits enhances the desire to work better, smarter, more creatively, and longer based on desire not mere requirements. Morale is high also thanks to the great location, stunningly new offices for the digital media division in SoHo (think: Google-style interior design), and the generally bright attitudes of the people SCHL hires. In the corporate headquarters across the street, a stunningly gorgeous roof-top restaurant with a terrace with an even more stunning view of all lower Manhattan provides not only handmade, freshly cooked meals, but an aggressive internal company campaign to live healthier and to socialize more during mealtimes and after-hours. The care the company puts into the rooftop restaurant as well as its related grab-and-go-style café in the upper lobby and super-high-quality catering service, all run internally and not outsourced to an uncaring contractor, speaks volumes about the care for SCHL employees in general. Back to daily work, though: encouragement daily amongst teams (usually 4- to 8- large) are tremendously invigorating and inspires one to give back. The main reason is that the bosses, although enormously powerful, are caring fun people in general and not mere dictators. An honest sense of team exists here as I've never experienced elsewhere, perhaps aided by the modest 4- to 8- max size per such team. Little to no firewalling or stonewalling of information between teams exists because of the general good vibe of workers. I note that most divisions are also very young in age, averaging in the lower 30s, which helps a lot. I've made countless friends in my division and now more elsewhere in the company not just because they're coworkers or have similarities but because they're good, caring, and upstanding people who I'm honored to know, seriously. Training and lunch time bag lunch learning sessions keep employees atop their field. I myself and dozens of coworkers have been actively encouraged and compensated for attending out-of-office training. The wonderful work-life balance allows managers to easily award time-off and the timesheet system is setup to clearly prevent workers from feeling guilty about taking time off and making it easy to request and book time-off for a large range of purposes. I note also that the vacation policies and the general attitude towards time-off of any sort is very very reasonable and understanding, and certainly far more kind than that of any previous employer, period. Employees including at least 4 in the last year along regularly attend professional conference and eagerly shared their lessons learned upon return. Professional industry awards for many divisions of SCHL are not just exciting but a reminder of the relevant, quality work SCHL does as judged by peers and the market. The mission, a plain and simple goal of giving children the best educational experience they can have, is not mere work but an emotional boost. It helps that our products are easily displayed in the office to give a tangible reminder of the work we do. Benefits information comes regularly with bright custom artwork in a consistent style which shows care and attention to not mere administration but doing it with fun, a light heart, and a joyful attitude; life lessons for all the work we do. Pay stubs have a SCHL product logo on them, latest being Word Girl, which makes being paid not just mere money but a reminder of the wonderful spirit which SCHL products SCHL have. Dick's honest and non-biz speak tone in his communications and of all Internal Communications in general are written in laymen's which follows with the generally caring and honest corporate culture. It's impossible to emphasize how much and how importantly corporate culture here aids every aspect of daily work. I'm delighted to work for SCHL.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is that some office locations are in very remote locations, namely manufacturing and printing locations in the midwest, though that won't affect the work of most employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the highly appreciated and clearly high-quality emphasis on benefits, especially the work-life balance, which adds to the daily delight of working for SCHL. Hire the same kind of people with bright attitudes, outstanding morals, large hearts. Such people truly make life and SCHL itself the best in the industry and beyond.


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    "Scholastic is a great place to launch a career in children's book publishing -- if you can get your foot in the door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Scholastic is a really fun and exciting place to work! From the moment you enter the doors at 557 Broadway, you immediately feel immersed in a paradise of children's books. The bright colors, film screens, and other decorations immediately distinguish Scholastic as a unique type of corporation, one which is intensely mission-driven; and that same commitment to youth is clearly evident in the books the company publishes.

    Cons

    The salary is not very good (though this is more of an industry-wide issue) and it can be difficult to get a foot in the door without a connection.

    Advice to Management

    I've noticed that few interns ultimately end up working at the company full-time (few = relative to the number that actually intern there). I would be interested in better understanding why this is the case.


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    "Good Work if You Can Get it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Editorial: Mid-Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trade Editorial: Mid-Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment: smart, fun, interesting, creative, and well-meaning co-workers; supportive, kind, and understanding senior management. Excellent mission: creating good books to encourage reading in children; supporting the careers of authors and illustrators. Respected and well-known company. Many women in senior roles.

    Cons

    Convoluted processes to move projects forward. Poor analysis and application of sales. Poor planning for future. At times, unclear goals and expectations. Salary disparity between people of same level of experience in marketing, sales, and editorial. Salary disparity between people of same level of experience in different business units. Poor management of unchecked egos.

    Advice to Management

    Improve Standard Operating Procedures.


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  5. "Long hours but a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The managment really seems to praise the staff and are down to earth>

    Cons

    PTO if not used is lost but if you have a job where you are required to be there for all seasons then it is tough to use all the PTO and you should be paid for the PTO not taken.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for PTO not used


  6. "A very good environment to work in."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment Respect for employees Provides a great product for children

    Cons

    Salary is a little on the low side

    Advice to Management

    Some technology upgrades are needed.


  7. "Great Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Library Publishing Senior Executive
    Current Employee - Library Publishing Senior Executive
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, wonderful training. They take good care of their employees. What I really liked about the company was that they took training seriously. I was flown to Danbury, Connecticut on several occasions and even attended a week long seminar in Palm Springs, California. They were a very supportive company.

    Cons

    In my case, the job wasn't very secure. Corporate downsizing. The difficult thing for me was due to timing. I only worked there for a year when they decided to replace my position with the call center and online ordering. They did compensate me well, but it was a devastating blow to be laid off so quickly, especially after leaving a different career to work with them.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do a better job of working to keep your employees.


  8. "Great Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, high value on work/life balance

    Cons

    career opportunities are somewhat limited


  9. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, fun assignments, great work life balance

    Cons

    Red tape, rigid structure, Oversight


  10. "Scholastic St. Charles IL"

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

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

    Pros

    Love working at the St.Charles Scholastic office. Great leadership.

    Cons

    Would love a higher salary.


  11. "Employee focused, professional, fun contests and perks, great products and training. Most are long term employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Although its a call center environment, it is spacious, professional and they have great marketing tools and technology at your finger tips which makes your job so much easier. They promote heavily from within and have great award ceremonies, awesome sales contests with great prizes like ipads, grills, trips etc.they also order lunches in for the employees alot! ,and most of the sales reps are great people to know and work with.

    Cons

    It's a very structured environment which can be difficult for some people. About 10% of the sales reps are always complaining about everything which can bring others down. Yet they are the first to hop in line for the free lunches, take the turkey and gifts home at the holidays, and take the many prizes. It does get annoying. And most of them (like the few that wrote negative reviews on this site) have been working there for many many years, which I think says a lot!

    Advice to Management

    Continue all of the employee focused perks, its why there is such longevity among the employees, continue to provide sales training so employees can continue to develope their skills, thank you for promoting from within; Get a new heat/ac system for the office.



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