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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Enjoyable

    Jun 29, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible schedule with great maternity leave, good-hearted people and a trusted and valued name synonymous with educators.

    Cons

    Did not have value in work life balance for employees. Upper management would email at all hours making it difficult to keep up with daily internal correspondence.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Freelancer, more than 5 years

    Nice Employees, Toxic Upper Management

    Aug 5, 2021 - Freelance Blogger 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Many employees at my level in Book Clubs were amazing to work with, and we enjoyed the work we were doing together. Working with the school market and being a part of a publishing house that valued kids--as kids and as readers--were inspiring. Trade and Magazine divisions, when there was a chance to work with those teams, were always a breath of fresh air to work with.

    Cons

    I experienced C-suite individuals and upper management who bullied employees or made business decisions mostly out of ego and hubris--without considering what was best for employees, the bottom line, or even company goals. Middle managers and regular employees were made to feel like their jobs could be on the chopping block at any minute. That zero-sum-game, survivalist atmosphere was not a pleasant experience. There was also a lack of diversity in upper management and an unwillingness to go beyond surface-level initiatives to make any real changes.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    High hopes for a great company, seriously disappointed

    Jan 7, 2015 - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - You can be a part of a company that gets inexpensive books into the hands of children, which will make you feel good at the end of the day. And that will keep you going when it gets tough. - The majority of employees are incredibly sweet, helpful, and welcoming. - Pay is decent for the industry

    Cons

    - Horribly managed. A public company, still led by the founder's son, who must approve every single hire. Ludicrous for a public company with thousands of employees. This obviously makes the hiring process tedious and barely worth it. They will offer you a temporary "temp" position to get you started quickly, promising you'll be permanent within 3 months. Multiply that by at least 4 and you have your real time line. - This company keeps so many employees at "temp" status just to avoid paying benefits for them. Its disgusting what they will do to loyal and reliable employees who have been temps for years and don't get rewarded for their service. - This company is living in the 80s and refuses to make any technological changes to keep up with the changing atmosphere in publishing, which can be incredibly frustrating. - Upper management is totally out of touch with the business and its needs, and will spend ridiculous amounts of money on first class flights, 5 star hotels, and massive re-prints, and then turn around and have a round of layoffs. This is not a lead-by-example company. - The bottom line is that everyone is overworked and incredibly under appreciated. Avoid this company if you can.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Family Business

    Apr 29, 2020 - Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Despite 100-year history and 10,000 employees, feels like a family business in good ways and bad. Remains mission-driven with genuine commitment to serving kids, teachers and families.

    Cons

    Near constant reorganizing, in-fighting and politics. Low to mid-level employees work really hard with little room for growth while many upper management folks are busy with self-promotion

    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Very bad upper management, no regard for employee feelings, they worked hard to change their policies everyday .

    Jan 5, 2011 - Customer Service Representative in Jefferson City, MO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The book store was great and they had decent benefits. OK for a first job for graduates. Gave employees Harry Potter books and had B-day breakfasts.

    Cons

    Pay was terrible. Upper management very poorly handled. Changed policy everyday and if you did anything wrong they would find a reason to fire you. The supervisors knew nothing about what was going on. I watched all this plus for over 15 years and when I left I never cared to go back. Very confusing place to work...I guess the partiallity is what I detested. People got promotions that could barely spell and knew nothing. IT depended on who you knew and what your name was.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Loved and hated Scholastic over the years...

    Jan 4, 2013 - Senior Editorial/Management in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    --I worked with some fabulous, talented, smart, fun, committed people. --Great benefits--not as good now, but still quite good. --Beautiful offices in Soho --In some departments, good possibilities for recognition.

    Cons

    --HR is consistently terrible. They don't listen, don't help, and don't defend employees rights even in the most straightforward of ways. --Upper management are famous for their in-fighting. They are more interested in defeating each other than the larger vision of the company. --Bad management at all levels is tolerated even when it is widely known by many divisions, HR, and the CEO. --The Web site and the Web group are completely dysfunctional. It's been rethought, redesigned, reinvented every year for the past ten and continues to be terrible and problematic for many Scholastic brands and businesses. --There is a lot of nepotism, favoritism, different rules for different people. --In recent years, they barely hire. They bring in people on contract to avoid hiring them and cuts have been so deep that work quality has really suffered. Key jobs that are important to a division or group's success are filled by temps who can walk away at any time.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Upper management hasn't a clue.

    Feb 23, 2015 - Product Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits, no attendance policy to speak of, want a day off? Take it. Summers off, If you can afford it. As long as you punch in everyday you can earn perfect attendance, don't have to work just show up, punch in and punch back out, you're good.

    Cons

    Upper management has no clue of the amount of physical work the employees do every day or just don't care. Preach safety yet constantly add more work and rush you through it. Someone in another state who obviously hasn't a clue of what books are what or how many we have on hand is telling us what and how many to pack. Example: putting a large hardcover on a schematic for a case shelf where the book does not fit, or putting a title on your schematic when your warehouse has zero. Favoritism has been a major issue since day one. Management ask for opinions then ignore them or accuse you of complaining. Pay raises are based on personality not job performance or work ethic. Part timers are treated like crap for the most part. Never a clear schedule of when you're needed. Some only worked a day or two a week. Seniority means absolutely nothing to this company.

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    2nd worst company I ever worked for! Because of Upper management and a horrible HR Person

    Feb 5, 2015 - Warehouse Lead in Fresno, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some employees very nice and friendly. Got paid on time. Flexible schedule at times. A job.

    Cons

    Confusion. Lack of proper planning by Manager and supervisor. Poor fultime benefits. Unfair treatment of temps vs fultimers. Drug testing for delivery drivers and lift operators only. Other non lift full time workers exempt. Upper management gave no confidence or had no repour with employees. Upper management would not hire from with in for position that takes good understanding and experience with book distribution. Horrible human resource person going under the radar to find things out about supervisor and managers. A warehouse manager should be able to hire and fire their employees. HR experience should come through schooling and or experience. Reading stat sheets and financial reports are not as important as hr skills and running a warehouse distribution center.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    5+ yrs as a consultant and 3 yrs as full time employee.

    Nov 12, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Scholastic has a nice building in Soho, and a friendly group of people to work with. Progressive technically.

    Cons

    Upper management suffers from severe cronisim, and little to no chance for advancement within. Frequent upper management turnover that leads to trickle down turnover. Most management decisions are strictly $$ based, with little attention to the people that actually know and do the work, leading to very poor upper management decision making. Siloed department management pushed to succeed at all costs, leading to over staffing and severe over budget conditions. Have recently turned to significant offshore consulting to reduce costs and still succeed. Very poor communications in general across the company. Turning over the company's core competencies and expertise to virtualize everything does just that,

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    2 people found this review helpful
  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Good Company

    Jan 31, 2016 - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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.

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    1 person found this review helpful
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