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Helpful (3)

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 (more than 8 years)

Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

--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?

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  1. Helpful (2)

    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 (more than 10 years)

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

    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 Management

    Listen to the talented people in the middle ranks.

  2. Good Place to work

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great mission, great team of employees

    Cons

    Outdated IT systems, but working on it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on IT system

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