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Updated May 23, 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)

  • Very little chance for promotions/full time positions (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best place ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Scholastic is a wonderful place to work. I worked there for more than five years and every day you walk into the lobby you truly feel as if you're at a company that has its heart in the right place - to instill in kids a love of reading from an early age and to keep books in their hands as they grow. It's a very employee-focused environment. There's a collaborative spirit and you're given room to be creative.

    Cons

    Lots of divisions/groups that need to work together so sometimes communication breaks down. Things always work out in the end but it could be an opportunity to improve workflow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Continue to pump out all those fantastic books and make them available to kids from different backgrounds all over the world!


  2. "Great company if you have a family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Very understanding of family commitments

    Cons

    You'll put in extra hours because you like your job so much.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Websphere Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Websphere Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Websphere Developer 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

    Smart resources who work hard and you can count on.
    Great deal of knowledge found through out the IT team

    Cons

    I am lost with the amount of mis management that is current happening within IT.
    Constant layoffs and increase number of contrasters who are not native and do not understand what is being done or being built.

    Advice to Management

    Please remove the CTO and all his friends who he has been bringing in


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  5. "Corporate Research Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Probably one of the most enriching internship experiences I have had. My supervisors took interest in my professional growth and set up training workshops and other opportunities to learn more about the field.

    Cons

    They do not do nationwide college recruiting, which can limit access to the recruiters.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with universities and student initiatives in order to engage the best talent.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Penny wise and pound foolish"

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

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The location (in SoHo) and facilities (rooftop cafeteria and "Red Bar" cafe) can't be beat.
    - Flexible work environment (casual dress, remote work, etc.), especially for those with children
    - Some really nice, smart people in the ranks
    - Creative environment
    - Opportunities to create products that make a difference in the lives of teachers and their students
    - Some good managers who recognize talent and hard work
    - Pay is decent

    Cons

    - A very high percentage of people are contractors. They work the same work week as full-time employees, but they're not given benefits (no paid vacation/sick/personal days, no health insurance, no 401K, etc.). These aren't short-term positions; Scholastic will just keep renewing contracts every few months for years. Because they dictate the hours, location, and direction of your work, not to mention provide equipment, I believe the IRS would say these people are W2 employees, not freelancers. (Kind of surprised Scholastic hasn't found itself in legal trouble yet.)
    - Many workers count having gone through K-12 public school and/or having a child in school as their experience in education. For being an educational company, very few people have extensive training in education (ed degrees, classroom teaching experience) or a deep interest in truly understanding the education landscape.
    - As a result of the above, some departments are well behind on trends in the education community. The products they generate are reactionary. And by the time those products are created and sold, the trend is on its way out.
    - Divisions are silos. Very little cross communication. And when there is, it's more bickering and competition than collaboration.
    - Semi-closed door environment. Many middle-level managers are constantly in meetings, and you only hear about changes/decisions second-hand or through gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. You'll never retain talented people on a contract basis. You may be saving money on their benefits in the short term, but the cost of continually replacing and retraining contractors will catch up with you in the long run.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Help Desk Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start have a lot of access to learn how to SCCM, Active Directory and many of other programs. The Desk Side support is right next to the help and are always available to help out

    Cons

    Company outsourced the IT to India no much room to move up and no help getting other licenses of learning new stuff outside your work specs


  8. "Laborer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laborer in Vienna, MO
    Current Employee - Laborer in Vienna, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Scholastic part-time

    Pros

    I like the job I just need a little bit better pay and closer to home and something of my interest

    Cons

    Not enough pay it is not a very dependable job be cause of laynoff seasons I do not like to be played off from a job


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    This is a very friendly company to work for and has good life/work balance. Some people don't move on to other opportunities for this reason, which I would discourage.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management is a bit unstructured and haphazard in strategy. If you work under someone like that, your career path will suffer. That said, there are lots of very talented people in upper management, it's just key to be working under them and to be groomed by them.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great if management would spend a little more time grooming talent and making people feel like they have a career path, not just a good job. Reward people with good raises that make them feel valued.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Company really starting to move forward!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, family oriented atmosphere, just received a $21,000/year raise. Making improvements to office environment and replacing worn supplies and materials.

    Cons

    Still working through some management changes and restructuring of current divisions. Perhaps a better policy for corporate concerns and information sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Take more marketing advice from the inside sales staff. We have a wealth of knowledge to be tapped!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Ok..."

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

    I worked at Scholastic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For sure many of my coworkers worked very hard and showed themselves to be very intelligent.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. No stopping to consider how the customer would be affected; not to mention employee.


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