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Pearson Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
857 Reviews
3.2
857 Reviews
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John Fallon
195 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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    • Senior Management
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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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 11 people found this helpful  

    Pearson is a company in search of a new product model.

    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Art Director in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If they can figure out how to make a digital product work versus the old print product then they are geared to take a large market share. "IF" is the key word here.

    Cons

    Pearson lists their core values as "brave, imaginative and decent." In their search over the past couple of years to find a new product model they fired too many brave and imaginative people to call themselves decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to consider a new CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Online Learning Software Development and Hosting Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good smart people. Good products being developed. For the most part the employees care about the customer.

    Cons

    Recent reorgs have caused serious angst, dysfunction at the lower levels. Large political battles being fought at the higher levels. Worried the end result may be worsening customer experience and a significant reduction in product quality. Used to feel like a start-up/small shop mentality - now has turned into huge, bureaucratic organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending mixed signals. Stop with the passive aggressive behavior. Get back to a customer focused approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    Great mission that is shared by majority of the employees

    Current Employee - Vice President of Product Management in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President of Product Management in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, freedom to be creative

    Cons

    in a state of transition with a lot of changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place, good culture not too much stress in work. People are friendly and very helpful. Interned there for a year.

    Cons

    No happy hour, no team lunch and minimum wage compared to industry standard for a software developer. No free food nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the minimum wage for interns and give them good perks

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