Pearson Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 71 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 36 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 15 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  2. Review

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    Current Contractor - Professional Marker in Melbourne
    Current Contractor - Professional Marker in Melbourne

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get in.
    Relax environment.
    Cool supervisors

    Cons

    Limited amount of work available

  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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!

  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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Strong Company Trying to Transition to Digital

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company that is focused on learning and every move executives make reflects this.
    A leader in higher education that is well respected for their products
    Sales team is given freedom to operate their assigned territory/team as they see fit (for the most part)
    Base pay can be average/below average, but bonuses can be great
    There is opportunity for advancement to middle management, which is great for new careers.
    Opportunity for advancement to upper management, but often requires crossing divisions.

    Cons

    Company is in the middle of transitioning from a print to a digital content company, and that transition has been very bumpy.
    Lack of qualified technology support and training falls on the sales team and highly distracts from sales.
    Technology has been layered over the years through new products and acquisitions. This results in a inconsistent experience for everyone (sellers and buyers) and causes many technical issues.
    Company is attempting to transition to a more consistent interface for all products, but should build from scratch instead of revising existing products as they are doing
    List of technology issues causes long hours, frustration, and extinguishing many fires for the sales team, and makes keeping existing customers and getting new sales increasingly difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a MUCH better technology support and training team and processes until the technology is improved to a point where it much more reliable and intuitive. This will lead to many more sales, a happier sales force, less turnover, better brand, etc.
    While the tech support/training is improved, create a new technology platform built around your successes instead of patching and revising your existing technology.
    Take external factors (sales channels, public funding, enrollments, etc) in to account when determining goals instead of solely focusing on improving the previous years results.
    Make sales and goal tracking much more transparent. The current setup causes doubtful and untrustworthy sales people.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Job is stressful but Pearson is a very supportive employer.

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    Former Employee - Temporary Scorer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Temporary Scorer in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I was a temporary scorer. This is a great job if you are trying to get back into the workforce, eg, after staying at home with kids. Pearson knows that employees are their lifeblood and wants to help you be productive and successful.

    Cons

    The work is stressful. Not a lot of upfront training on the scoring job. Training is self-driven.

    Advice to Management

    Spend an hour for the major scoring jobs like STAAR writing explaining what you are looking for and it will help people as they are going through their self-paced training. More flexibility in regional scoring hours would be useful.

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    Current Employee - Resource & Training Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resource & Training Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People, opportunities, impact on learners, size to change things, long reach, broad impact

    Cons

    Too big to be agile,

  10. Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Pearson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Great people, great location

    Cons

    My only con is the pay isn't that generous.

  11. Company that cares about education

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

    I worked at Pearson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people care about education.
    Culture is embracing and managers care for their staff
    Huge market share opens doors to new opportunities
    New business models are challenging and fun to work on

    Cons

    Reorg taking far too long
    Focus on efficacy is vague
    Business is severely limited until reorg dust settles

    Advice to Management

    Don't take on such a huge corporate effort like this again.

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