Thread regarding Pearson PLC layoffs

No Way to Communicate

If you work in a different area of the company, you wouldn't know the extent of the lay offs except by reading here. I believe interactive NEO was taken away so employees can't reach out to comment or say good bye. No responses allowed on the Hub so no way to communicate.

Poor timing for the self congratulatory article on there about the mission.

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Post ID: @OP+1jxAv26X

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If you work in a silo as I do, you know very little. NEO was helpful with reading the corporate pulse & anticipating maneuvers. . All of the discussions over the years made me feel like I had an idea of the wider company. I see we are back to layoffs and yet another remix of trying a to be successful but this time the level of secrecy feels extra isolating.
I wish everyone well and trust you are on to bigger & better things.

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Post ID: @hifp+1jxAv26X

Look!! Ha ha ha. Does CC have any idea what an a*%h0l3 he sounds like when starts his sentances that way?

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Post ID: @enac+1jxAv26X

EOs appointment as VP of HE is the worst decision CA could have made and I am looking forward to hearing about her failures which are certain to be epic. Good luck to those left.

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Post ID: @ehjm+1jxAv26X

Look — they didn't have separation/severance letters prepared, HR didn't follow up with those terminated until the week after, the separations still aren't entered into the system so there's no information about how/whether PTO will be in the final checks or separate payments (meaning there's no way to plan additional pretax deductions in the last check), and some of the people who did the actual "letting go" were a bit blindsided by it. Since then, more of the same business-speak from CC, who clumsily reads all of his remarks from a screen and unsuccessfully attempts to add emotion. Just very poorly executed all around. And still — those let go probably got a better deal than the rest of us will.

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Post ID: @dyna+1jxAv26X

I can't believe how tone deaf Craig A's email about the reorganization was. He mentions how excited he is about the "opportunity to better serve customers" because of all of these changes. The same email mentions people who have been here years who got laid off. Really? You're excited people were laid off so Pearson can better serve our customers?

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Post ID: @4poq+1jxAv26X

The corporate line is that NEO had a lot of older outdated content so it had to go. You can tell AB hated it but not for his stated reasons. Outdated content could be removed like how non categorized emails got removed if they were older than 2 years.
It was the ability to communicate with the wider company that was the problem.
Right now there would be questions on ask AB about the layoffs & job security. There would be heartfelt good bye posts which were generally touching to read regardless of division. There would be posts about social issues as they apply to the company. Inflation, pay raises, removing the vaccine requirement, etc. would receive attention & comments with a company wide audience and input.
The Hub is curated broadcast only but it could allow comments on its selected communications but it doesn't which says a lot about transparency.

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Post ID: @2agq+1jxAv26X

With a title of VP of Customer Success, you should be let go.

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Post ID: @1vts+1jxAv26X

To someone who asked if any VPs in HE got let go, The VP of Customer Success and the VP of Content and Integration Services got let go today.

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Post ID: @1gvy+1jxAv26X

Have any HE leaders (SVP, VP, Directors) been let go?

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Post ID: @1dta+1jxAv26X

We still don't know what's going on with the support structure that was in place for sales. No one knows what's going on. Just a prepared statement from CC. How about supporting your employees by having a proper communication plan in place fire those who remain...BEFORE you drop the hammer? What a novel and innovative concept!

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Post ID: @1mqm+1jxAv26X

Let me guess. Here’s how they started “in an effort to better serve our customers….”

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Post ID: @bje+1jxAv26X

Read those emails. Anyone notice they added a layer of management in CPMs?

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Post ID: @xuu+1jxAv26X

That’s by design. Keeps the teams in the dark. The senior leaders in higher Ed, JT, JA, CC and DK have all sent out emails with the new structure and leaders who were laid off. Of course, no indication of how many individuals were let go or demoted.

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