Pearson Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
833 Reviews
3.2
833 Reviews
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John Fallon
180 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 38 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, but lacking some of the culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hobart
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hobart

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible with work time. Ability to work substantial time from home when necessary. Great salary for longer lasting employees.

    Cons

    Office culture suffers greatly, especially with the larger offices. The last few years there has been a constant push for money saving, lots of (too much?) change and more people left than joined.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Review

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    Current Employee - Professional Marker in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Professional Marker in Melbourne

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get in.
    Relax environment.
    Cool supervisors

    Cons

    Limited amount of work available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great company however quite old fashioned in a modern world

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    Current Employee - Education Consultant in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Education Consultant in Brisbane

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement, quite a good work culture.

    Cons

    If you don't fit in, you won't be kept around. I've never met a company so unwilling to go the extra mile to earn more money, very un-proactive attitude sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more willing to incentivise their staff throughout the year.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great workmates and team

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    Current Employee - Editor in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Editor in Melbourne

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are true team players and generally get along really well. You have to work with people from lots of different departments on projects and I feel like the good friendly working culture there enables the success of this.

    Cons

    The company should place a new focus on digital teams : software developers, app designers, and programmers - they may cost more to employ but the benefits would be far reaching with the future of publishing looking to go entirely digital!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's been challenging (and rewarding at times) in terms of the scope of the project I'm working on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Great people, mostly cooperative in assisting you when required.

    Cons

    Insufficient human resources to fulfil most of the work required in the group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more skilled people to position and provide more inservice to do the work.

  7.  

    Going through some growing (or shrinking) pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic life/work flexibility, not micro-managed, ability and freedom to create my own programs. Very happy with my specific group.

    Cons

    Ever since Fallon took over, it has started to feel like we're a bunch of used car salesmen. There's so much talk of efficacy, but the reality feels like it's more about lining the pockets of senior management, being in bed with the government and gaining power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the positive vibe Marjorie Scardino pumped into all of us. We'd be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pearson creates high-quality products that I was proud to represent to educators.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work independently from home and manage your own schedule as long as sales goals and objectives are met. Big company, so room to move from division to division to advance skill set while working for the same company.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to get. Annual sales goals could be really high--for example a 22% increase in sales goal from year-to-year in a market that grows at a max of 6% per year. Sales bonuses are all or nothing. You can work your tail off all year and get no bonus if you don't make your goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the sales bonus structure to include payout starting at 85% of goal achievement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great growth experience while providing online education

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment that allows people to grow and self direct their careers.

    Cons

    Too many silos with conflicting needs and disjointed planning processes. These lead to last minute dependency resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clarity of purpose and lines of communication. Ownership of business problems shouldn't be duplicated across multiple groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Pearson as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people and the work is exciting. The culture is friendly and creative.

    Cons

    Management change was not smooth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment

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    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Psychometrician in Bloomington, MN (US)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that allows you to work on your own schedule or work form home. You can work full-time and take good care of your family. Managers are very supportive and your concerns are always resolved. Good environment with nice and supportive colleagues. Good insurance packages.

    Cons

    Can be stressful sometimes because of the working load. Not very supportive for professional growth outside of the routine work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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