Pearson

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Pearson Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
866 Reviews
3.1
866 Reviews
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John Fallon
199 Ratings

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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Employee 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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    • 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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    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  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great benefit and working environment. Great mentor. Nice people. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    I have nothing to complain about.

  8.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Iowa City, IA (US)

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    I love the people I work with and the pay is good. I feel valued.

    Cons

    The company could work on a communication strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on internal communication strategy. But Pearson is overall great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    Good benefits nank kkkk kkkk

    Cons

    Low salary big company sav edd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salary illll lll, kk,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 12 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
  11. 12 people found this helpful  

    Company is so big, your positive or negative experience depends on where you work

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good core mission, flexible work-from-home

    Cons

    K12 division is a swirling mess due to constant reorgs. The most recent re-orgs (during last 18 months) have been top-down-driven with little consideration for how business works operationally at mid- and lower-levels. Revenue has suffered, talented people have left in droves. Since many product lines have lost (or laid off) people, the phrase "not my job..." is heard regularly as nobody is left who has historic knowledge of products, processes, or past promises made to customers. Way more time is spent fighting internally in the new matrixed organization than is spent solving problems for customers or developing new products.

    Due to the "flattening" of the organization, executives at the VP and above level have been demoted a rank (VPs were made Directors, SVPs were made VPs) which is also leading to an exodus of leadership. Pearson used to be a place where I was proud to work. No more. I am looking outside for possibilities at smaller companies where the organization does not eat its own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "One Pearson" is a nice motto theoretically, but may not work operationally because aircraft carriers are hard to turn. John Fallon, your good intentions are getting lost in the botched handling of the most recent reorganizations. Get real and listen to the folks in the trenches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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