Pearson Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
830 Reviews
3.2
830 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be upset during busy periods but I've experienced worse (in 69 reviews)

  • Telecommute opportunities so you can work from home 1 or 2 days a week (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency between upper management & finance with the feet on the street (in 37 reviews)

  • Nobody leaves (which is probably a "pro" for the company) so there's not much room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good access to work-streams across the organisation. Depts supportive and helpful of work you are involved with.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of room to grow here professionally. Different units are doing various projects involving loads of work disciplines so if there is any area you want to specialise, such as BA, PM, HR, IT, digital, publishing, web etc. then you'll find ample opportunities around. Generally I found people are really helpful and eager to know what work you are involved in (once you get to know them). They had an excellent intranet/social media site for staff where you could find out what was going in Pearson anywhere in the world and you could easily get in touch with someone and get advice to information. Good pension scheme.

    Cons

    Things changed for the worse after the CEO left in 2013 and a new leadership team was put in place. whole business units were closed down, although in fairness the company was suffering from the recession and companies better placed digitally. Not many perks outside of the pay packet and pension scheme

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits and work/life balance - Poor pay and progression.

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    Former Employee - Administration in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Administration in Harlow, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice building and on-site facilities. People nice but very apparent local work-force – effort required to fit in if you’re not from round those parts.
    Benefits are unrivalled, including summer hours; early finish Friday throughout the year; flexible hours; free tea/coffee making facilities; performance & company-based bonus; Sharesave scheme and discounts; generous holiday.
    Good training and communication on company operations.

    Cons

    Pay not at all competitive and it was known among colleagues that pay-rises are rarely considered outside of standard bonuses and inflation increases. Large local employers, therefore lack of movement within this department, resulting in severe lack of progression. When opportunities did arise, often offered to external candidates. While friendly, it is a fairly noisy and distracting work environment but headphones are permitted to dissuade colleagues from sharing their life stories with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to avoid allowing longer-serving employees to dictate team dynamics based on their fear of change and strength in numbers – encourage quiet ones to speak up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company. Good people. Good benefits but not great pay.

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    Former Employee - Project Editor in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Project Editor in Harlow, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and attitude. Nice offices. Provide training and mentor programmes. Teamwork is important. You must be a team player. Benefits are good, but pay isn't so great.

    Cons

    Varied leadership approach. Offices are not easy for everyone to get to. Benefits are good, but pay isn't brilliant - based on being outside London.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Corporate hell

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being able to leave that terrible place by 4pm everyday and having 30 days leave every year are about the only positives I can draw from working there for 5 years.

    Cons

    This is an extremely corporate environment where only the most cut-throat of people can climb the ladder. The pay is poor, especially for London and there is very little chance of pay increases to match your experience in any given role. The higher powers have no interest in meeting anyone below them and constant "restructures" are unsettling.
    The constantly changing education market is also frustrating to work within as the metaphorical goal-posts are constantly shifting. Lots and lots of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some sort of system where you can progress through levels within your role that will help you move up the corporate ladder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family culture

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pearson is a fantastic friendly paternalistic company, which looks after it's people. It was quite different in each part of the business in terms of culture, but that is changing with a new CEO trying to encourage 'one pearson'. The employee benefits and share save scheme are extremely competitive, and make it hard to leave. Very flexible and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The siloed parts of the business and occasional internal politics. Also the internal systems and processes are often very behind the times. Salaries not very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication cascade of key messages, quicker change decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    been working here 3 years and I have no complaints.... well, not a lot. Great work life balance, right amount of stress without over burdening, very friendly colleagues, good perks and benefits, nice environment to work,

    Cons

    too many changes, serious bureaucracy and politics, hard to move up the ladder unless you are ready to play the game, appears to be no sense of direction for promotions... a person can be in a role for many years!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working for a company that matters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pearson respects my skills, capabilities and rewards success. It pays well and it's location (in Central London) is fantastic.

    Cons

    It's a confused place - still years of mismanagement to work through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are on the right path - Pearson needs to act like a business, instead of a collection.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pearson - Always Changing......too much!

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    Former Employee - Learning Solutions in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions in Harlow, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off, benefits. free books, holiday.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult. Promotion is none existent.
    So many politics to deal with.
    A company that only knows how to make books and doesn't know how to make educational software.
    Too many companies acquired and too many systems to sort out.
    Goal posts constantly changing due to lack of skill sets and capability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with staff members and provide clear career opportunities for those that want to aspire and want to grow Pearson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Global company, big commitment to improving lives through learning

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One amazing company.

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    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England

    I worked at Pearson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Not a lot of possibilities for new people and very hard to stay on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create new opportunities for interns, apprentices etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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