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Pearson Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
950 Reviews
3.1
950 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  2.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 24 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company it used to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Good health Benefits , vacation/holiday time. Matching 401k. Adjusted hours in the Summer to allow for longer weekends.

    Cons

    Employees no longer seem to matter. After multiple re-orgs there has been so much work dumped on the remaining employees with very little training and heavy demands. Work life balance has disappeared, basically you should be happy you have a job so do whatever it takes to get it done. Salary and increases are minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should invest the time to understand the responsibilities and demands of certain positions before having people, without much knowledge of a job, create policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    HigherEd is seeing a new day with new CTO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great People are still left, Morale is improving with new CTO

    Cons

    Things won't change overnight but positive signs are already there, patience may be required to rebuild a good work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely on your excellent individual contributors to help guide changes based on their expertise with the work at hand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 17 people found this helpful  

    Great people, screwed up organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    I have worked with some amazing, talented, dedicated people, whose talents are frankly wasted here. The flexible schedule and ability to work from home are great. Decent benefits. If you don't mind the possibility of your job being completely turned upside down without warning or explanation, work here!

    Cons

    Completely disorganized and disjointed management that is totally out of touch with what the workforce needs to get their jobs done. Constant "restructuring" i.e. layoffs of the people who are doing valuable work while the upper management flounders around doing very little. Many of the really great people either leave or are laid off while the dead wood hangs on. Constant bad press makes it hard to be proud of working for this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent in your communications to your workforce. Hire leadership who know how to lead, not just talk about "strategies for success". Consider NOT laying off the people who are actually working really hard to make money for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Looks great on a resume, but primarily a labor job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Assistant Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Intern - Assistant Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at Pearson as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Looks great on a resume when looking for pretty much any management position because you get to lead a team from day one
    -Full-time employees were all very nice, especially the department supervisor and manager
    -They take the necessary time to train you properly
    -They will ask you back if they like you, and it seems like college grads land a supervisor position if they've interned there before

    Cons

    -A lot of physical labor
    -Interns learn pretty much everything by the second or third day
    -Not much to do with the rest of the day once replenishment was complete (I worked in Replenishment)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please find more for the interns to learn and do, and consider giving them more visible authority once they have proven they are competent

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of Change

    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Most people at Pearson are great to work with and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Upper management can be disconnected from bulk of workforce which can cause confusion around strategy and next steps.

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