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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

Pros

Fun, creative people. Not much politics. Down to earth CEO.

Cons

Not much room for growth.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional and Stressful - A Shame Given All that Scholastic Stands For

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

    I worked at Scholastic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PR Branding of Literacy Message and Support of Educators and Schools
    Select pockets of wonderful individuals who work hard and really care about the company and results

    Cons

    Silo'd and combative organization with little to no collaborative spirit
    No incentive to work towards common goals and financial success - every group for themselves
    Mean spirited and selfish behavior exhibited across the ranks
    Organization is managed more like a family owned business, complete with favoritism, nepotism, and no apparent focus on ROI and financial growth
    Too many long term managers who have never worked anywhere else; new senior talent generally lasts less than two years either quitting out of frustration or being terminated for addressing the status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a culture of meritocracy - streamline the many long term senior managers who have only worked at Scholastic for 20 plus years and bring in some fresh talent and outside thinking to modernize the strategy. Watch T & E and other wasteful spend that is rampant. Focus on digital transformation cannot be limited to an eReader product that is behind the curve and that has little chance of competing with the Amazon, Googles, Apples and Microsofts of the world. Stop the infighting - reward collaborative success and penalize selfish behavior that hurts the company's bottom line and morale for all. Treat employess with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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

    I have been working at Scholastic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Scholastic is a lovely place to work. Some plusses:

    -Nice, respectful people.
    -Great office location in SoHo NYC!
    -Good cheap food in the cafeteria (it's also nice to sit up there)
    -Flexible work options (you can work from home whenever you want)
    -VERY casual (I wear t-shirt and jeans every day)
    -No set "hours" - most people roll into the office around 930 or 10.
    -Benefits are very good (we even have PET INSURANCE!!!)
    -Global reputation.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic. Many decisions come from upper management (and no, of course they don't know how to do your job!)

    Even though I'm a full-time employee I was still given an end-date in my contract.

    Ineffective management. Inappropriate time given to projects.

    LOTS of work. Expect to take work home over the weekends during crunch times.

    Many pointless meetings that eat away at your day and lower productivity.

    Low pay (but, after all, this is publishing!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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