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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. Helpful (8)

    "Management Needs Help"

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Education Group Proofreading"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Proofreader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Proofreader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Friendly coworkers
    Lots of down time

    Cons

    Contradictory instruction
    Little guidance
    Unreasonable expectations
    No support
    Demeaning treatment

    Advice to Management

    Be a resource for proofreaders and provide them with clear instruction, guides, and checklists to complete each task assigned. Understand that because part-time contractors may have other clients and processes that they work with, written instruction and resources are invaluable to completing tasks that match management's expectations.

    Don't argue with or belittle employees. Support the team by treating them with respect and managing the editorial department's use of proofreaders for higher level tasks. Or redefine the proofing department's purpose as a resource for editorial, being sure to adjust the contract workers' compensation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Hackensack, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work life and balance is great

    Cons

    Management is not very good.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Mission is helping kids read. Most working there are good people, strong heritage. Everyone knows the company and feels good about what they do.

    Cons

    Behind the times, long-term execs are "comfortable" with the status quo. Not willing to invest to stay relevant. Separate divisions do not work together and in many ways compete with each other. Very lean at the mid management level and below making most jobs extremely stressful. You can never finish your work so you take it home with you.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize or you will be disrupted and not be able to attract abs retain good people


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Inside Sales Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance and benefits provided are adequate, 401K could be better. Hourly pay is adequate for some, fantastic for others. Some managers/supervisors are fantastic to work with. There ARE some good managers here but they don't stay long. Usually they're off to better places after a couple of years. Plenty of parking and clean office space. Most low-level employees have a real passion for getting quality materials into the hands of children. Many are retired/former educators. If you can handle constant chaos, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Managers do not allow employees to converse with one another - ever. Pay is based more on what division is the current favorite of the corporate office. Constant, unorganized, change is rampant. Management does not communicate changes/expectations to employees in a timely manner. Poor follow-up on training leads to confusion and misunderstanding. Divisions often sell the same products and are in competition with one another, yet management will tell you it doesn't cause problems in generating sales for your division. Commission structure makes it nearly impossible to reach your goals. Frequent negative "you're not doing enough" emails come from management. Questions or issues surrounding changes in procedures are dismissed or not addressed in a timely manner. Upper management puts excessive amounts of work on the middle and lower level managers, who in turn put the blame for all the company short-comings on the shoulders of the employees at the bottom of the food chain. Work area is small (cubicles) and computers are slow and out of date.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees credit for their intelligence. Talking down to them does not ear their respect. When the employees come to you time and again with the same complaint, address it. Ignoring problems does NOT make them go away.


  6. "I'm cool if this is cool!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spartan in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Spartan in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. I am good at organizing books at the warehouse
    2. Take a 15 minute break
    3. Very nice people

    Cons

    1. A lot of walking
    2. Getting sweaty
    3. A lot of lifting
    4. No sitting down
    5. It's a warehouse and it needs a lot of safety


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Production Editor=SLAVE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None There isnt a single positive here the pay is low the tasks are low quality busy work its a farce.
    If you are intelligent you dont belong here. Its for dummies who think they are in a glamour industry. Extremely low pay.

    Cons

    Bad management. My boss was incompetent. Morning meetings are held in different locations and they wont tell you where so you end up walking around for 20 minutes trying to hunt down the big pow wow session.
    Bad management NO advancement opportunity and sweat shop drek type work. Real scutt work.
    The "editors" are nothing more than spoiled brats who have no respect for other people.
    Avoid this company.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Fenton, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The operations manager sat in on meetings before work once a week to listen to issues and corrected them quickly. Often times the managers bring in food for employees to boost morale.

    Cons

    Not too many cons, although the night shift should begin earlier instead of working till 2am some nights.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees and also provide more work opportunities during the summer.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great products, very creative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (7)

    "Sr. Architect/Data Modeler/Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Go out for a drink with managers, keep praising them, don't challenge their stupid ideas, don't challenge their lack of experience or expertise and just say yes to everything and you should be good to work there.

    Cons

    from bottom to top everyone is corrupted. there is no career growth. there is no professional work environment. Not an ideal place to work. They only want to get the work done with the contractors so, they can maximize their cut.

    Advice to Management

    I know you are good for nothing outside Scholastic. It is difficult to advice. None of the managers have the capability of getting job outside Scholastic. If you do get, then please leave and let some experienced manager take in charge.


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