LRN
2.9 of 5 140 reviews
www.lrn.com Los Angeles, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 23, 2014

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LRN Chairman and CEO Dov L. Seidman

Dov L. Seidman

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Visionary & fulfilling workplace -- but extreme internal challenges make work hard and threaten long-term success

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Mission is inspiring.
    - I am passionate about our work.
    - I really like my colleagues and consider many to be friends.
    - Work-life balance good. Vacation policy flexible.
    - Colleagues/leaders are always open to new ideas.
    - CEO is visionary and recognized as a thought leader.
    - Transparent with firm's finances.
    - Firm recognizes that we are on a journey of building an innovative, new kind of company with an important mission in the world -- and that it takes time to build such a company

    Cons- Flip side of CEO as visionary is that he gives very little attention to how to implement his ideas (e.g. flat org structure) and far too little guidance, decision-making/budgetary authority to others to get things done efficiently.
    - Too much management by committee, esp. micro-mgmt by top executive committee.
    - Extremely far behind on critical people decisions that demonstrate a severe lack of management discipline & respect for people (promotions, raises, bonus formula, individual goal-setting process).
    - Little strategic vision about the future of our market and how exactly we will fit in; little attention to clear yearly strategic goals & management dashboards.
    - Little focus on aggressive marketing of our POV and thought leadership... and few if any credible spokespeople/thought leaders beyond CEO himself. Marketing is a focus for this year but really need to step on the gas.
    - I am concerned that company as a whole not focused enough on the "performance" part of firm's mission "Inspiring Principled Performance" -- for ourselves and for our clients. How does our full suite of offerings truly improve performance at our clients?
    - Compensation significantly below market rates & management seems to disregard this as an important issue
    - Firm's "long-term incentive program" is really confusing and amounts are so small as to be irrelevant
    - Extreme focus on vocabulary (i.e. words like "department") that are forbidden or counter to our philosophy gets frustrating/distracting

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement uses the justification of "we're on a journey, change takes time" too often to excuse lack of clear long-term strategy and project/management discipline. We need significant senior counsel (through COO hire/management shakeup and/or working with a consulting firm) to help us get back on the right path to ensure a future where we create as much value as possible for our clients & where we operate as smoothly as possible internally.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Westwood, CA

    ProsThe people make or rather should I say made that place, though most have left or been laid off. There was an atmosphere of collaboration within the different departments, and shared recognition of the big goals presented to us daily.

    ConsLack of interest or knowledge and communication from the top to really get a sense of the working persons jobs and day to day problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind out what people do, and don't just try and please the number one.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWitty, brilliant, and wonderful colleagues
    Good mission
    Great locations in NY and LA

    ConsNo career advancement
    Challenging bonus structure
    Company changes strategy every six months
    Tremendous, unbelievable dysfunction

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a strategy and stick with it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proscompetitive pay
    brilliant, interesting, sophisticated colleagues

    Consvery challenging environment. strategy changes every six months. brilliant people are hired than shredded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Westwood location, but that's about it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsPeople are great to work with. LRN hires top notch talent.

    ConsPessimistic atmosphere. Very high turnover. Have to buy into the Company philosophy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about the people leaving at a high rate. What does this mean? How can you do better so that you're not losing so much of the talent? Do you even care?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You deserve better.

    (Former Employee)
    West Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt's stable. LRN makes it's money by selling services to companies that have suffered ethics and financial scandal. Since corporate corruption is rampant, the LRN remains happily in the black. If you want to coast and don't need to be challenged LRN is the perfect place to show up, tune out and collect a check.

    ConsHave you seen "Office Space?" LRN is worse. Lots of phony corporate lip service, lots of middle manangment power plays. If you're creative person who wants to make positive change, working at LRN is like banging your head against a wall. The company sells ethics and talks a great game about trust and transparency but in practice, the company infantilizes their employees and doesn't foster a culture of trust at all. The atmosphere of hypocrisy quickly sours all the smart capable workers, so the turnover rate is really high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDov Seidman is a great public face for the company, and outside the workplace I understand that he's a decent person, but he's clueless when it comes to managing people and showing real leadership. Every two years or so, he picks a new "top dog" from the top management. This person is given free reign to push their "big idea" and run amok. These ideas generally fail in a big way with the other cowed senior management making terrible, conflicting decisions, and then leaving or get fired and abandoning the foot soldiers to marching in circles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LRN = Leave Right Now

    Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThere is a ping pong table in the break room, free soda and tons of places to eat within walking distance. That's about it. And there is air-conditioning.

    ConsUpper level management makes LRN sounds like the best job ever and it is great for a career. Once setttled in for a couple of months you soon realize how badly you want to leave. The company doesn't practice what they preach. Ethics and compliance is far from what the work environment is. Everything is supposed to be transparent but it''s not. There are tons of lies and cover ups and the turnover rate is over 50%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice is to run the company the way a company should be ran. If you're selling ethics and compliance software, it should be carried over in the work environment. Also, Sr. Management is so focused on hiring the best person for the job and turns out that they always hire someone that is not fit for the job. They need to work on that as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Paid more, and you'll need it

    Business Development (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe pay and benefits are very good. LRN has offices in very upscale areas of both Los Angeles and New York.

    ConsWorking at LRN is like taking part in a bad cult. From day one they attempt to brainwash employees on this idea that LRN is "a more moral company" and that Dov Siedman is, as they describe it, a "thought leader". In reality these ideas become flipped on their head and they are used as excuses to do the exact opposite of the idea being preached. I don't have exact numbers available, but turnover has got to be about 50% of the entire company year over year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDov, of himself, is not a horrible leader. However, those he has selected to serve below him are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not happy with the performance appraisal and Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsComfort level is good. LRN do care about the colleagues.

    ConsI am working with LRN approx above 5 years. From last 3 years colleagues are not getting performance appraisal in LRN. It’s very disappointing for them who really work hard. LRN has a self governing culture however approx 40% of the colleagues take advantage of it. Due to this reason company not able to make profit. I really respect the DOV‘s (CEO) philosophy and thoughts so I feel, company should identify those colleagues and take the action accordingly. Especially highly designated colleagues need to be more proactive and care about the company growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst I will say they should understand about the company philosophy and values in depth. Management need to disclose the opportunities on floor. Management prefer those colleagues for growth whoever respect them, care about them etc. which shows the politics somewhere against the Dov's philosophy. They don’t think whether he/she fits in the role or whether he/she fits in the company principle/values etc. They don't look for talented colleagues. Many other examples are like this but I really don't want to waste my time.

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    Politics and Lack of Ethics has ruined this place!

    (Former Employee)

    Proscomfortable work timings, work from home option, decent office space

    Consinternal politics, lack of a defined approach towards work, have to massage egos of seniors, 'flat organization' is an eyewash

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up to the reality. LRN is not a laboratory where you experiment your 'flatness' philosophy on your employees. Don't fool employees with your 'initiatives'. The most ridiculous initiative was when employees were asked to distribute copies of the CEO, Dov Seidman's, book, amongst their friends and relatives and other contacts. This was supposed to be some contest. Thousands of books were distributed and later employees were told that their effort didn't make any impact. Of course, it wouldn't make any impact. What were you hoping for? My advice to management is 'practice what you preach'!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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