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Updated July 13, 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. "So Many Harry Potter Fans Work Here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with wonderful, knowledgeable people. The Scholastic brand is well-known and loved.

    Cons

    Many reorganizations over several years.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly and take into account territory differences.

  3. "Scholastic is cool"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very respectful of work life balance, fun environment, great pay

    Cons

    Lack of professional transparency, some senior leaders hard to approach, poor behavior among leaders not discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to middle managers and contractors, their perspectives matter


  4. "A wonderful company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jefferson City, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jefferson City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, advancement opportunities, a dedication to customers, and positive environment.

    Cons

    Company reputation results in very high expectations from customers, sometimes too high.


  5. "Great Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated employees who are committed to the importance of reading in childhood and beyond. The Corporate HQ is in a great location in Soho.

    Cons

    Businesses tended to be run in silos with difficulty sharing information.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the barriers between the divisions to maximize outreach to kids and families.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible, Horrible, Horrible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Descent hours. That's about it

    Cons

    Micromanaged to the second by someone who has zero of a marketing background.
    You will go 10 years back in your career - don't do it.
    Hired without clear definition of role; no on boarding, no conversations with manager, zero direction.
    This has been the most horrific place Ive ever worked at.
    Management has zero clue about marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire seasoned professionals with marketing back ground.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and it was nice working for a company that has a good reputation, and was widely known. Leadership was generally supportive of staff.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support for remote staff. I worked for Scholastic for over three years and never visited the NY Office. I think that leadership tried to connect with the staff, but overall it was not very effective and at times seemed perfunctory.

    Advice to Management

    Keep connected to everyone!

  8. "Account Executive"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people; compelling programs for K12 Education.

    Cons

    Core business verse Ed Tech business - sometimes diverse visions from company HQ's.

    Advice to Management

    Unified Vision to be shared by all divisions and employees.


  9. "VP of Sales and Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company is Mission Driven.

    Cons

    Upper management is often distracted by internal politics as opposed to facts and figures.

    Advice to Management

    Fix knee jerk reactions to internal upper management whims.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Big Changes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people happy motivated environment great HR department, good benefits and bonuses a company that excels with trying to keep up with the latest employee perks such as a great beautiful office with occasional in house chair massage appointments available, great coffee bar, fresh fruit available all of the time and constant motivational contests with awesome prizes. There is also a gym and yoga classes available. Fabulous cafe on site and also a Doctor's office and full service bank and postal service within this office building. It is truly a great office setting. Base pay is great if you can meet set goals which are sometimes unreasonable your commissions are great as well.

    Cons

    The office space is amazing but unfortunately you never get a chance to leave your seat to utilize any of the great accommodations offered. The parking is horrible and the office is freezing or baking hot there is no happy medium. At times you are so busy it is a challenge to leave your seat to use the restroom. The other big con is that the management has changed and now so are many other things such as commission schedule and bonuses and some consultants territories are constantly changing and there is no chance to build and keep good rapor with your customers to build a good business. Also the systems concerning what division things are going to be placed in have changed which affects commissions dramatically.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency would be a great asset, also if commissions are affected so dramatically and territories are always changing which make goals unrealistic then base pay should be raised.


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