Thread regarding Pearson PLC layoffs

POLS Assessing Long Term Ownership Structure

It's a disclaimer in POLS job postings which I interpret as apply but you may not have the job for long. Insight appreciated.

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Yeah. Lets please lose the smoke and mirrors that higher education is "not for profit." Are you kidding me? They just don't pay taxes.

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Post ID: @4mus+1jj1BegN

@4pbk+1jj1BegN yep. There is not a bigger amount of elitist and arrogance and hypocrisy then amongst those in higher Ed.

On the customer side you have C-suiters and professors hemming and hawing on “the purpose of education” and their “brand” and they are always astounded at our business proposals. Why? Because the professors are hypocrites with their 6 figure salaries and the college c-suite are ALL about profits.

And don’t get me started on Pearson. The education company that’s quite in line with market salary rates, etc. but we need to be a SOFTWARE company! But not pay like one…because we’re an education company and on the doublespeak goes…..

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Post ID: @4ujq+1jj1BegN

@3qfb+1jj1BegN This is right. I'll just add that schools are also questioning a model that depends on partnerships with for-profit companies to enroll students. See: everything in Arizona.

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Post ID: @4pbk+1jj1BegN

It’s definitely a disclosure that you may be temporary. It’s not to be transparent with you though, they don’t do that. They’re disclosing it because they have to or because it benefits them to.

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Post ID: @4ddw+1jj1BegN

Embanet was a cr---y business long before Pearson bought it. Isn't their former strategy guy now running Wiley higher ed?

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Post ID: @3osz+1jj1BegN

“AB doesn’t want to keep non-Pearson brands”. Can you please explain Credly and Mondly then? POLS used to be Embanet before it was rebranded.

No POLS will most likely be sold off because it’s leadership had a terrible siloed strategy and didn’t know how to pivot or be agile when the industry was screaming at us that our “value partnership” was too big and complex. Those of you who worked under this regime my apologies. If someone who was bold, decent and understood our industry had the reigns it may have been different. KB is a fascinating individual but EdTech leader not so much…

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Post ID: @3qfb+1jj1BegN

@atf+1jj1BegN The P does stand for Pearson, but colleges do not want the students to know we are third party. The coaches are leaving for all types of jobs. Everyone who has left is happier. Most coaches will not announce they are looking, but we all are.

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Post ID: @wyp+1jj1BegN

@jhv+1jj1BegN Thank you for that. One of the reasons that I want to leave my current position is crushing metrics that no human can do if they act honestly. I used to judge Wells Fargo & still have a negative view of the bank but the low level employees that were pressured to open an inordinate number of accounts? I'm starting to understand why they did it.
I thought the P in POLS was for Pearson?
Where do the POLS people go if you don't mind saying generally.

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Post ID: @atf+1jj1BegN

It's notable that it's in the job postings. In the US without a contract companies know they can shed you quickly so even if something is planned, it's not in a job posting or few will apply.

Must be a way to avoid severance, not trigger the Warn Act or maybe make you ineligible for unemployment? If there is a viable purchaser, looks like it will be sold.

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Post ID: @oms+1jj1BegN

Honestly I would stay away from POLS. AB doesn't want to keep any non-Pearson branded divisions. They had a strategic review and we are waiting for the results. The environment is toxic and we face a lot of metrics that are not realistic. Look at why there are so many openings, we have had a large turnover of employees finding better jobs and quietly quitting.

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Post ID: @jhv+1jj1BegN

We are most likely going to be sold off. They don't like pols.

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