Scholastic Reviews

Updated 12 Jan 2021

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3.3
53%
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Scholastic Chairman, President, and CEO Dick Robinson
Dick Robinson
314 Ratings
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  • "Low to mid-level employees work really hard with little room for growth while many upper management folks are busy with self-promotion(in 64 reviews)

  • "low pay for what they expect you to get done(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "SG office is operated like an SME"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues in the local office. Work-life balance

    Cons

    Ambiguity over the Singapore office versus Malaysia office

  2. "Decent Company"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Analytics Manager in Singapore

    I worked at Scholastic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some people in management are very helpful and like to brainstorm

    Cons

    Requires lot of effort to understand things work, lot of mismanagement


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Autocracy at its best"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Sales staff gets a transport allowance of $800. If you are getting less, you are being shortchanged.

    Cons

    Empty castles in the air. When they need you, they will give you the salary that you want and requests you to start almost immediately. When they want to terminate you, reason given was "company restructuring". Next moment, a new guy was hired for a similar position. Unrealistic and achievable sales targets High staff turnover. Messy processes, lack of innovations. Always reactive, never proactive. Management is lacking in ideas to build up the company.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Truly disappointing."

    1.0
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    I worked at Scholastic

    Pros

    Scholastic is a great name in the US in terms of children's book publishing, but truly disappointing in Singapore.

    Cons

    Management is desperate to get sales even without getting their product right. Although it is a MNC in name , it operates more like a SME(small medium enterprise) with no international outlook. Besides being stingy with its own employees, it is also unethical to its customers. Too many resignations every month yet management do not bother as long as they themselves stay on. No wonder schools are also shunning them.

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  5. "Good initially as a start up. But lack of processes"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big international publishing name. That's all.

    Cons

    Lack of process and procedures. Poor strategic management view. Many empty castles in the air built. Unachievable targets.

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  6. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company values are shared freely by top executives. There is a social mission to be proud of.

    Cons

    The reality of day to day work sometimes conflicts with overall company ideals.

  7. "Technology"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager 

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    There were a lot of exciting technology transformation projects that were completed, in progress and planned during my time at Scholastic. Enjoyed my time at Scholastic.

    Cons

    Too many parallel projects with a due date finalized before the kick-off meeting.

  8. "Ok"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Literacy, Children's books, fun products, good mission

    Cons

    No career advancement or movement and rampant nepotism

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  9. "Okay"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer In Test in New York, NY

    I worked at Scholastic full-time

    Pros

    Good technology initiatives from management

    Cons

    Using older technology and programming languages

  10. "Great product with lots of potential"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Southam, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, term time only available

    Cons

    Targets were an ever moving feast making it difficult to achieve bonus, however hard you worked.

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