Pearson Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
837 Reviews
3.2
837 Reviews
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John Fallon
184 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. 3 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    Excellant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, and in general!

    Cons

    None that I care to list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, a good experience. It was an easy part-time job, and great for a student. The staff was great.

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    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Test Administrator in Omaha, NE (US)

    I worked at Pearson part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros were differently scheduling flexibility and the ability to be able to read/do work while working at the front desk. The pay was above minimum wage, which was a nice bonus. Overall, it was a good part time job to have; the stress was minimal and the job was very easy.

    Cons

    Hours are often sporadic; center opens and closes depending on how many exams are scheduled for each day. The work load also varies by season- more people test (and therefore there are more available shifts) in the spring and summer than in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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