Element K Reviews

Updated May 9, 2015
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  1. Submitted notice hours before Skillsoft takeover announcement

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Element K full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Good coworkers - Encouraged, or at least facilitated career progression including lateral moves - Decent location - Nice company events and parties

    Cons

    - Mediocre products (outdated due to lack of investment) - Mismanagement (e.g. differentiating factors lost most) - Drab office (not terrible, but nothing special) - Outdated equipment - Horrible HR personnel


  2. A casual and relaxing place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Element K full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code and casual atmosphere. Great people.

    Cons

    Production likely suffered from the laid back culture

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell the company....never mind


  3. Great people

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Element K full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking, loyal employees Flexibility Great friendships Good tools and processes

    Cons

    Low salary Changing management Growth/advancement was slow


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  5. Relaxed environment, but little incentive and iffy management

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Element K

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code - shorts in the summer. Flexible hours - management is very understanding about family and health time off and making up time on another day. Intelligent, friendly people and very little politics. They pay a large percentage of health insurance premiums and offer a very nice plan.

    Cons

    Little incentive provided in any way - no bonuses, only token recognition at poorly attended staff meetings, few regular raises. Poor middle and upper management. Many inexperienced managers and many managers working outside of their specialty.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to appropriately qualify accounts while maintaining reasonable customer expectations. A US based workforce can not compete with overseas based companies on price, you need to compete on quality and service. When you over-promise and under-deliver, while managers who are working beyond their training and expertise are simultaneously not listening to the workers 'in the trenches', you end up with poor customer retention, non-existent margins, and a downward spiral for a business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A day at the beach meets Dilbert

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    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Element K

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at EK. They have some of the most intelligent engineers as well as some very creative people. They have a few really great people in middle to upper management. The pay is decent and the benefits are fairly decent. EK has a lot of upside potential.

    Cons

    Some departments have terrible managers. Don't even bother trying to negotiate compensation package. Old technology, overworked staff in certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    What is our vision? How are our actions aligned with our vision, mission, and goals?


  7. Beware of layoffs!

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Element K

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your position, they allow a lot of freedom, such as working from home. they don't watch you over your shoulder all day as long as you're getting your work done.

    Cons

    They just laid off 30% of the workforce. A lot of work gets sent to India. Inconsistent cash flow into the organization. Definitely a company getting punded by the economy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality and get back to basics. Stop worrying so much about landing the big contract and put more energy into the small businesses that cannot afford a training dept of their own.


  8. Element K is a fun place to gain some experience out of school, but no place to have a serious career.

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    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Element K

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employess are good people, which makes for a fun work environment. Hours are pretty flexible, too.

    Cons

    Poor pay, and the technologies we use are years behind what's current in the industry. Your career will die here. Also, we lose money on a lot of the deals we agree to with clients (and many are way too smalltime). We'll actually lose big money just to add a client to our portfolio. Also, everything we do is rushed, with no planning.

    Advice to Management

    Enable us to get up to date with the tools we use, pay us the going rate.


  9. It was a good place to work and a good place to learn new stuff.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Element K full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked there when the company was undergoing a transition - from a traditional company with traditional systems and processes, to a modern company. That was an exciting environment to learn new things. Very welcoming.

    Cons

    There was always this feeling at the back of your mind that you were automatically supposed to put work at the top of your priority, even if you were about to die.


  10. Good place to work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Element K full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    element k is very well processed company which gives the best quality of output to the customers

    Cons

    I didn't see any downside working with ek because if the work is completed on deliverable time, then no cons


  11. Helpful (2)

    OK Company - promotions by popularity not skills or achievement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Element K

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, nice colleagues, good work home life balance

    Cons

    promotions not based on achievements company is not well know or respected embarrassing to work for a company that is Indian owned

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within based on achievements



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