Pearson Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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3.4
61%
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89%
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Pearson CEO Andy Bird
Andy Bird
33 Ratings
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  • "Upper Management is driven by cost cutting with very limited concern for employee careers(in 149 reviews)

  • "Senior management needs to be overhauled(in 97 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    COVID-19
    Helpful (10)

    "Best company I've worked for, with a great corporate IT culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pearson was by far the best company I'd worked for, and were it not for COVID-19 changing life circumstances, I would still be there. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work on hard problems with smart colleagues all over the world. I don't know if it's just the UK-driven corporate culture and all UK companies are like this, but this experience is something I will treasure for the rest of professional career. Pros: -Pay and benefits were at or above market rate for IT skills in the area -Global footprint, a huge, diverse workforce and an inclusive culture -Focus on talent development and maximizing team capabilities -Collegial, collaborative atmosphere and decent managers and management -Management actively solicits new ideas and is open to engaging, and does not have an authoritarian/top-down approach to 'performance culture' that many US-headquartered companies do

    Cons

    -Levels of bureaucracy and large organization mean decisions take a while to make -Company will make investments in things without fully thinking through, only to discard later, when more thorough analysis could have saved time, money, and frustration

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with, amazing brand. Everyone is fun to work with and the culture and experience is incomparable.

    Cons

    My experience is that not everyone is paid well. There was a lot of restructuring going on at that time and hence the people feel secured.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great company with a social mission - Good work/life balance - Lots of opportunities to engage with the company and for personal development

    Cons

    - salaries aren't the best, and intransparency around it too - not many opportunities for progression, no clear career paths - complicated matrix organisation, sometimes works very ineffectively and change happens slow

  4. "Decent workplace"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Administrator 

    I have been working at Pearson part-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary even for part timer

    Cons

    recruitment process is very lengthy

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Won't Recommend"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, great environment, colleagues were nice

    Cons

    Change is the only constant

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  6. "Associate Technical Specialist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Work and life balance it super smooth. Tech leads and managers care about employees. Cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Office place keeps changing. Sometimes feels like projects are developed without a purpose.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Unsure Strategy"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Culture Mid management and below staff

    Cons

    Upper management No strategy past cost cutting

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Nice office"

    3.0
    Editor in Singapore

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    Nice office in a convenient location

    Cons

    Not recognised or rewarded for talent. Incompetent ones allowed to coast.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company that has lost it's way."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Orchard, Central
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great market leader in every way, including staff care and development. In the education field, second to none.

    Cons

    As the title says, it has lost it's way. People are used and discarded without consideration. Completely lost of control locally with business and HR developments completely dysfunctional.

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  10. "work in pearson"

    3.0
     

    I have been working at Pearson

    Pros

    It was flexible, professional and technically strong

    Cons

    there was too much restructuring

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