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Pearson Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
915 Reviews
3.1
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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)

    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
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    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 a 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 a 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible, rewarding place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    Ability to work from home when needed
    Excellent benefits
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Too many people have been here for too long
    New ideas get old before they are considered
    Innovation is a four-letter word

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the dead wood
    Own the digital transition
    Encourage and reward innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company with a clear vision to improve educational outcomes for learners from childhood through old age worldwide

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    Current Employee - Director, Core Platforms in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director, Core Platforms in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Super intelligent people, committed to the vision, setting out goals on a global scale.

    Cons

    massive reorganization causes some confusion and wheel-spinning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give greater voice to mid-level management or run the risk of losing touch with the base and thus jeopardizing the mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, nice people, good work atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Best learning company - great mission

    Cons

    Slow growth sector, less potential to move up quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow in promoting people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large organization with global reach and potential

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Mission and values are about improving lives; always learning.
    Global reach is phenomenal
    Access to authors, publications and resources like FT.com to employees
    Global reorganization efforts well intentioned

    Cons

    Chain of command is sometimes mystifying
    Can be very political vs. meritocracy
    Infrastructure investments are in progress, but lagging behind other global corporations
    Growth by acquisitions leads to complex reporting and systems; lack of visibility across enterprise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on human capital and infrastructure to transform
    simplify and scale back to core businesses that fit the strategy
    invest in technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great company but the management can sometimes hold staff back from reaching full potential.

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Member of a large global team working for a worthy cause. Good benefits, continued education is encouraged.

    Cons

    Because it is so large, everything moves very slowly, and it is hard to make any meaningful change. Innovative and creative ideas were shot down because they weren't "tradition".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow those with fresh perspectives to voice their opinions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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