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Loved and hated Scholastic over the years...

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Former Employee - Senior Editorial/Management  in  New York, NY (US)
Former Employee - Senior Editorial/Management in New York, NY (US)

I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

--I worked with some fabulous, talented, smart, fun, committed people.
--Great benefits--not as good now, but still quite good.
--Beautiful offices in Soho
--In some departments, good possibilities for recognition.

Cons

--HR is consistently terrible. They don't listen, don't help, and don't defend employees rights even in the most straightforward of ways.
--Upper management are famous for their in-fighting. They are more interested in defeating each other than the larger vision of the company.
--Bad management at all levels is tolerated even when it is widely known by many divisions, HR, and the CEO.
--The Web site and the Web group are completely dysfunctional. It's been rethought, redesigned, reinvented every year for the past ten and continues to be terrible and problematic for many Scholastic brands and businesses.
--There is a lot of nepotism, favoritism, different rules for different people.
--In recent years, they barely hire. They bring in people on contract to avoid hiring them and cuts have been so deep that work quality has really suffered. Key jobs that are important to a division or group's success are filled by temps who can walk away at any time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

--Get rid of the dead wood making over 300K. We all know there are quite a few names on that list.
--Treat people fairly
--Make a plan for succession. What is going to happen when the CEO/owner dies or retires?

Neutral Outlook
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    At least we weren't marketing cigarettes to kids

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, a product you can feel good about, very competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Grossly mismanaged from the top down. HR completely non-supportive. Communication from upper management was disorganized and infrequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the talented people in the middle ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great potential. Dysfunctional atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    good salary. good benefits. great products. wonderful peers. great office location. great name on your resume. great to do work that will delight kids.

    Cons

    dysfunctional, mean and manipulative managers at the higher levels in the education department. management decisions bloat and bust budgets. goals of executive and marketing decisions sometimes at odds with needs of children and teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed dysfunctional managers. Be able to tell who is better at managing up than managing down. That way, your company won't be a revolving door anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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