I wasted three years of my life at Pearson...under a manager with ZERO management skills, unrealistic sales goals, and toxic team dynamics. It wore me down physically, mentally, and emotionally and impacted my relationships greatly. I left last summer and will never look back. I now make more money, am thriving in a healthy team culture, and am learning something new every day. I just want to let anyone here who may be feeling crushed by the paranoid, fear based, toxic atmosphere...there’s so much more! It took me several months to find new work in a new industry, but the break was needed. If I were you, I’d get an exit strategy in motion, fast. You really do deserve it.
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For any of you who are arrogant or naive enough to think that “your students” give a rip about you, you are sorely mistaken. They hate you and couldn’t care less about you or your products.
Same, re-orged twice at Pearson, then finally made the move to a SaaS company. When I see the committed clowns who stayed with Pearson on LinkedIn today, I shrug and keep on scrolling. Better than thinking about how much time they’re wasting until the next time RB breaks up with them via web cam featuring her cat’s a**
Can relate. Had many chances over the years to leave the mother-ship but for some reason stayed a year longer than I should have and might have developed a minor case of PTSD because of it.
I was fortunate enough to land in a great, forward-thinking company that values and supports talent, and I've never been happier.
If I'm being honest, I take great joy in seeing some of those folks who made my last year at Pearson a nightmare, finally being shown the door.
I was "Reorg-ed" two years ago, now at a successful SaaS company that you would recognize. It's a tough sales role, competitive, and plenty of hard days BUT, the grass is much greener. What's different? Exactly what the original poster mentions, time with friends/family, anxiety gone, not fearing the buzz of my phone in my purse, a positive sales goal that you can accomplish because you're actually selling all day. My team and DM are all great people, and I miss the team greatly, but I miss them, not the role - it's a huge difference. My only regret was not leaving earlier, and allowing myself to be forced on the roller-coaster of who knows when the Town-Hall meeting shows up Sunday night at 8pm.
Here's what's alarming looking back on it, I wanted to leave, I had recruiters in my inbox all the time, people wanted my skills outside of this industry. For some reason, I was made to feel that I was betraying my team, my students, my customers if I felt like this? Leave to make more money - Ha, you're just a hired gun and your resume will have the scarlet letter of bouncing around. More time with my boys? Ha, you're weak you should live and breathe work, it should define you. A long weekend trip for a girlfriends wedding? DO NOT put on your OOO message, they might call MgH, get back to them within 24 hours.
It'll be 3 years in June, and I can't tell you how much better I feel. If you're one of those reps who can sense that small voice in the back of your mind, screaming that something's just not right, listen to her, then listen to the voices in your inbox and hear a totally different point of view on how you define what a career could be.
The key to all of this is often times an exit takes months. If you do not have an exit strategy, you are simply delaying the process. Rarely will opportunity fall in your lap.