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Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a good work life balance here as well (in 60 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. "Not the best for IT, not the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    The people
    Salary is decent, at least for the tech department
    Lots of free books

    Cons

    Using outdated tech (they just started using Angular for their front-end)
    Poor integration among different tech teams
    Poor communication (almost everything's done via Outlook)
    Some teams use JIRA, some Trello, good luck trying to use them all
    Meetings
    Changes happen slowly

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into revamping and revitalizing your tech team. Tech is the future, move faster toward changing your business to reflect that.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Closing a World of Possible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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    - Outdated IT systems make doing your job near impossible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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Watch your back and dummy up!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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?


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Ruthless Executive Management & Dysfunctional Technical Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't look behind the curtain"

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

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

    Pros

    Discounted books.
    Noble Mission.
    Work/Life Balance
    Decent Maternity leave

    Cons

    This is the most chaotic company I've ever worked for. MOST of the employees are temps, turnover is high, people don't seem to enjoy their jobs. My first week I noticed a weird hostile tension on the team, this is because nobody trusts team members to do their job. Management is clueless, I've probably had a total of 5 minute of face time with my manager since I've started (10 Months Ago). Unless you're desperate save yourself the headache and work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.


  7. "editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Although public, operates like a family-run company that cares about doing the right things for children. Always pushing reading and seeking to help schools and children.

    Cons

    Hopelessly outdated. The whole shift to digital has passed them by. With CEO near retirement age, big questions as what company will look like in future. Too focused on trying to please people within the building than competing with other companies and delivering what teachers/students need. Its digital offerings are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the digital portion of company to be modern and compete in today's world.


  8. "A great children book company struggling to stay afloat"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Executive
    Former Employee - IT Executive
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance. People end up working for decades.

    Cons

    Company delayed transformation for far too long.
    A lot of great employees - both loyal and experienced left or were let go.

    Advice to Management

    Transformation has to be continuous. Reward the loyality of great & experienced employees and help them grow in the organization. Have process in place to identify and weed out the bad nuts from all levels.


  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 (1)

    "Big company that seems to be more of a family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Large company that felt more like a smaller size and family.

    Cons

    Issues with the logistics internally-lots of rules and processes. Field employees are not super connected interpersonal with the corporate culture.


  11. "Sometimes the bad outweighs the good"

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

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Creative work environment, great colleagues, great area of town and close to everything, flexible work environment and good benefits

    Cons

    Clique-y and lots of internal politics



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