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Updated Nov 17, 2019

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3.2
54%
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44%
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Pearson CEO John Fallon
John Fallon
1,269 Ratings
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  • "Upper Management did not act in accordance to the core values they espoused(in 133 reviews)

  • "Senior management puts it on ground level employees to influence culture and middle management are not bought in to company values(in 88 reviews)

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  1. "education solution officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    This is a very structured company with very helpful colleagues, the giant structure provide the best opportunities tobwork all over the world

    Cons

    Same as all big compamy, the promotion path maybe a bit slow amd depends on your relationship with the managers, however, they are always supportive to help in career planning

    Pearson2015-06-15
  2. "!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Great sector to make a difference

    Cons

    Accelerating digital delivery not always educationally focuses

    Pearson2019-09-24
  3. Helpful (3)

    "A once great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    The company has an glorious past and an admirable mission. The front line staff are great people to work with.

    Cons

    While the company had to reinvent itself with the demise of publishing and changing education free, the way it was done is being poor. It's been in cost-cutting mode for years and most of the talent has left at the senior level. Many people seem to be waiting for their redundancy package and the mood of the company generally poor.

    Pearson2019-05-04
  4. Helpful (2)

    "internal audit senior manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    well paid, nice people, office at good location

    Cons

    management and company lost its direction

    Pearson2018-03-22
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Once a good place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with, some very talent. Good benefits, and fair wages

    Cons

    Poor senior management, don't know what they are doing (and I believe they don't know what they are doing either). Restructuring every two to three years, but change worse every time. Departments are playing politics with each other, not doing real work anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Fire John Fallon!! He sold every valuable assets the company have, he laid off thousands of workers. Under his supervision, the company made its biggest loss in history. But he still earns millions a year, what a shame!!!

    Pearson2017-03-16
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Getting worse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    - nice to work with people who care about education - relationships among colleagues are good; office politics (at least in my team) is rare - flexible and reasonable working hours

    Cons

    - recent layoffs have undermined staff morale - benefits and bonuses have shrunk considerably - in such a big corporation, processes and procedures can get clumsy

    Advice to Management

    cut red tapes; treasure your employees (after all, it's them who make your products great); if cost-cutting is a must, start with the top

    Pearson2017-01-12
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pearson full-time

    Pros

    Can manage work life balance for some departments; pay and benefits package on par with other multi-national corporations, convenient location

    Cons

    management needs to be strengthened, top line not growing and just focus on costs cut; lots of restructuring; process and tools lots of rooms to improve

    Advice to Management

    needs to understand what is the underlying drivers of the business and understand where are the opportunities; needs quicker decision making and execution

    Pearson2016-04-27
  8. Helpful (4)

    "They need to find direction"

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    Director in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pearson

    Pros

    -Some bosses pay high salaries

    Cons

    -Working at Pearson -Awful Management -No career path -Only way to get promoted is to be based in the US or UK

    Advice to Management

    -Find a direction for the company

    Pearson2016-05-20
  9. "Senior Financial Analyst, Project and Compliance (APAC)"

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    Current Employee - Asia Finance Representative 

    I have been working at Pearson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance and well established company

    Cons

    There are frequent group restructuring activities.

    Pearson2016-03-30
  10. "Enabling Function"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company with a very good purpose to work for

    Cons

    Needs better planning & execution

    Pearson2016-03-15
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