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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.3 737 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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John Fallon

(140 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Usually a great work-life balance if you're in Production or Media(in 60 reviews)

  • Almost all of my colleagues with families work from home twice a week(in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street(in 32 reviews)

  • IT development teams and operations tend to work long hours(in 25 reviews)

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    Global company, big commitment to improving lives through learning

    Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a big global company in the FTSE 100, owns the Financial Times and part of Penguin, and helps millions of learners around the world improve their lives. There are fantastic benefits from health care, share schemes, and pension to individual bonus plans, opportunity to travel and improve yourself. It has a clear direction following a recent global restructure.

    ConsMany systems and technologies haven't changed quick enough to respond to needs in the market., We have produced products in platforms that often aren't compatible or user-friendly without properly testing or reviewing them around the world. This is a big source of frustration.

    Communication from senior management with regards to restructuring and vacancy filling could be better. It often feels like they are talking about many things behind closed doors that we don't know about.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe better at communicating future strategies and plans without being concerned it might unsettle employees. Be more open with the reasons you've decided to take decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One amazing company.

    Administrator (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThe environment is amazing, people get along so well. Everyone works togethers and spends time outside of work. Atmosphere is brilliant in the office and has a mix of people from various cultures. Excellent internal training available.

    ConsNot a lot of possibilities for new people and very hard to stay on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate new opportunities for interns, apprentices etc

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fabulous people that a make a difference to people's educational lives

    Project Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsThe people, the output and the benefits aren't bad either! Work life balance!

    ConsThe ever changing educational landscape and in some areas salary is very average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to make advances via GES, and the switch to Digital and product to service. Reward people at market rate and recruit transparently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A steep learning curve in both man management and credit management in a fairly uncommon market place.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFree tea and coffee, autonomy, support from immediate boss, company iphone

    Conschallenging blame culture, no so much support from other departments, tough to network

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore emphasis should be placed on career progression and making the most of Investors in People to develop staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work with

    Manager At 190 (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsPeople are great. Working environment good. Benefits good. Salary acceptable.

    There is a very strong focus on delivering services to customers that will really improve lives. A strong mission and one that throughout the company (most) people buy into.

    You are worked hard, but their is a strong sense of job satisfaction.

    ConsCareer development is limited. For an education company they show surprisingly little interest in educating their staff. The company pays lip service to the idea but in reality most teams are too overstretched to have time for personal development. No great interest in supporting their staff to gain industry-recognised certifications.

    Although the company ethos is positive and enlightened, managers at all levels struggle to translate this into a positive working environment. A lot of stifling compliance-focused management. Definitely, there is a clique of showy people who get ahead.

    Recent company-wide restructure has confused most staff; a lot aspirational waffle which translates to a confused strategy. Improved communication required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove investment in technology.
    Improve communication.
    Pay has become an issue in the last few years and this needs to be addressed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, decent company, lack of direction sometimes

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFriendly, lots of potential to move around, decent like minded people, good work life balance - can do decent hours and work from home when needed. Decent company mission and people who believe in the products

    ConsHuge amount of change with not enough communication. Lack of strong leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be more firm in implementing technologies, processes. Need to be strong and communicate strategy better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic mission - could do better with the execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe mission "to help people make progress in their lives through learning" is great. There is also a move to better do that through being outcomes focused rather than inputs through educational materials. There are so many talented people in the organisation who are great work colleagues.

    ConsThe recent reorganisation could have been better managed, both in terms of change management and how change affects individuals as well as much more transparency and a fairer process for selection to senior roles. Individuals have been mapped to roles with a lack of thought to strengths and skills set in many cases as they probably wanted to reduce amounts paid out in redundancies where they could so better to be slotted to anything regardless of how closely that matched previous experiences. Internal talent has been undervalued whilst external talent has had more value placed on them without evidence of this being realised as yet.
    There is not enough of a focus yet on digital and innovative solutions and too much focus still on traditional textbook models. Additionally, there is still too much focus on North America and every product is developed with that market in mind first and foremost and not enough focus on developing markets and different and more innovative products and business models for those markets. There is too much paranoia around the North America market.

    Advice to Senior Management- Ensure selection processes are truly fair for senior level roles
    - Greater open-mindedness about talent and the different roles they can play
    - Invest more in digital technology to create more innovative solutions
    - Don't be so hamstrung by the textbook business
    - Don't be so US focused
    - Think more creatively about new markets and create new models for them rather than just trying to shoe-horn developed world solutions for them which ends up being a second class solution for learners with different needs

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    Good place to work, difficult to get recognition and reward

    Digital (Current Employee) Oxford, England

    ProsReasonable work life balance, good pastoral care for employees. Generally supportive, collaborative and considerate culture. Not a blame culture in my experience. Good benefits, pension, holidays etc

    ConsInequalities in salaries, salaries are poor. Poor or average performers seem to get the same rewards and recognition as high achievers. A lot of poor managers who are there through longevity rather than ability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of some of the dead wood, recognise and reward achievement, be brave, imaginative and decent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Developer

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    Prosbig company lots of projects to get involved in, lots of changes on horizon

    Consstill very much a publishing company, salaries are low, unpredictable atmosphere, lack of stability, limited or restrictive revenue model, internal politics is rampant. management treats employees like factory workers. confused company - they don't know whether they are a publishing company, a learning company, or a cloud education provider. unprofessional atmosphere.

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter pay, open to new ideas, improve revenue streams, accept advertising, reduce politics, treat employees fairly, stop making changes all the time as customers do not know what the company stands for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really good people

    Programmer Director (Current Employee) London, England

    Prosgreat benefits, good people, interesting work

    ConsFairly low salaries, poor leadership,

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive your values; brave, imaginative and decent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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