Thread regarding Pearson PLC layoffs

Wow this forum wasn’t kidding

I am new to Pearson and have only been here 4/5 months. I read the Glassdoor reviews and felt confident making the move. But now I feel Iike I made a huge mistake.

Holy cr-p - it seems like every day I’m on a call and someone has gotten laid off or someone’s team has gotten cuts. Then there’s the town halls announcing mass layoffs. Everyone here seems to think this is normal - my manager says “oh I think we’re safe till Christmas but I’m not sure..” What the heck - how do you all work like this? The stress and anxiety of getting laid off is keeping me up at night. As a newbie I know I’m most likely to get cut first.

I want to quit but who’s going to hire me after only being here 5 months? Does anyone have any advice? I’d appreciate it because I’m just lost right now. I feel like such a failure that I thought this would be a good step in my career.

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In Pearsons' defense the industry has changed but Pearson seems to have lost direction. The constant rebranding is like sprinkling fairy dust on the problem or new lipstick shades on a pig - it isn't a solution. There is far too much in fighting from people who don't know their products well enough to fight the competition. Agree what what is said above, always keep looking.

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Post ID: @1oyn+1ijB9yBb

I am sorry you feel like this but completely understand why. I have been here for more than 10 years and been through as many restructures. It is a shame because Pearson could be a great place to work if we had better leadership. Andy had a chance to clear out all the dead wood from the PEM and get some decent people in place but he has done half a job (the biggest disappointment was the promotion of MKW to CIO). There are some really talented and determined people here but there is only so much they will take before they are lured away by better salaries and less bullsh-t. I hope you stay and find a pocket of sanity (they do exist) but if not, you haven’t lost anything, Pearson still has a reasonable name to outsiders and if your hiring manager is ex-Pearson then they will understand.

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Post ID: @1pvh+1ijB9yBb

“Newbie” does not necessarily mean first out. Pearson is like the upside down world—“oldies” are just as vulnerable to layoff. You could end up as last laid off!

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Post ID: @hyf+1ijB9yBb

Don’t sweat the “short” stay - there are tons of people who’ve made a “pandemic change” and found it not working out. Just have a good summation on anything good (even relatively) you can take away from your “internship” period.

That said, stay away from Pearson’s competitors, too, if you can. The entire “K-20+“ education sector is facing a demographic and financial cliff they cannot avoid.

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Post ID: @naf+1ijB9yBb

So you discovered in such a short time that Pearson is a chaotic mess. You were duped by possibly some fake reviews. This ship sunk many years ago and its probable there will be a new owner soon. Be grateful if you do not make the year mark. Just apply to get out and tell prospective employers your quick exit is due to the uncertainty of this UK corporation. Pearson is waiting to receive the right offer and drop every employee without any regard.

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Post ID: @kig+1ijB9yBb

Suck it up and roll with the punches. And, never stop looking for the next job. Ever.

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