LRN Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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LRN Chairman and CEO Dov L. Seidman
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Pros
  • Great people to work with who are away from the CEO (in 8 reviews)

  • They are really able to attract good people (keeping them is another story) (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Preach flatness but there is still the feeling of top down decision making (in 8 reviews)

  • There cannot be a self-governing culture if there is fear and there is (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Place if You Aren

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LRN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LRN is full of very hard-working, smart people who truly care about helping our Partners (clients) make a difference in the world. Our partners are doing some amazing things with us. I am also very proud of my colleagues who have taken the time to speak their positive truths on this site even though some people like to talk smack about us. Colleagues have come together on their own (not asked by leadership or coerced to write these reviews) to share their perspectives and say, "enough is enough." Our solutions are the absolute best. Our service is great. Our passion is unbounded and our hearts are in the right place.

    Cons

    We could be even more transparent than we already are. Some processes (okay, a few) need to be improved. We have to shorten the amount of time it takes to onboard new colleagues because we are hiring a lot of them. We need more internal information sharing using tools like Slack.

    Advice to Management

    The strategy is working. But accelerate things and hire faster.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at LRN (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This incredibly exciting and positive collaborative atmosphere is in the midst of an exciting change that everyone at LRN can feel.

    We are practicing what we preach and really "going for it" in 2015. Our flat leadership style leaves communication channels open for anyone in the organization to be heard.

    Furthermore, I feel like I have quickly been accepted into the organization and we are continuing to build the cohesiveness of our outstanding team of professionals. While in my first few weeks at LRN, I made some technical mistakes. These experiences were utilized by leadership in the organization with which I work closely in order to create a very collaborative and constructive critical analysis.

    Cons

    The onboarding process is difficult. Sometimes, finding your way at LRN was difficult however with a "flat organization," this is entirely to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the successful effort you are making to be accessible to everyone in the organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A Philosophy that the world needs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at LRN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LRN is a company that is really trying to help companies become more successful and sustainable. They do this through a focus on culture and behavior, but blend that with a real focus on education and knowledge of legal and compliance issues. Inside the company, its a flat organization with lots of freedom for employees to get involved in lots of interesting work. Comfortable office space, flexible hours and work styles, and really great people across the company make it a very enjoyable place to work. The work is intellectually challenging and very rewarding. By and large the people that work there are very smart, very experienced, diverse and very welcoming.

    Cons

    The company has pursued "flat" and "self-governance" radically but has not yet addressed some of the issues created by a lack of hierarchy, specifically around decision making. Get that right and the company will really hum.

    Advice to Management

    Move to make decisions more quickly.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Unlimited opportunities to innovate, collaborate and learn while pursuing a meaningful mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at LRN full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The mission and philosophy
    - Smart and engaged colleagues
    - Trust
    - A truly global firm
    - Diversity
    - Support from senior leadership
    - Flexibility
    - Transparency

    Cons

    Roles/functions are not always clear
    No formal orientation process
    With a flat organizational structure it is harder to have clear career advancement path

    Advice to Management

    Develop career advancement programs
    To better organize and describe roles and duties


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great people, good value for the client, ambitious and unstable corporate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LRN makes certain to employ great people.
    The service provided to and impact at the client is substantial (to the client). A bit difficult to articulate to those not in this space.

    Cons

    I have a love/hate relationship with executive management. They are ambitious in their goal setting and strategy for the company....but a bit unstable. The company seems to change its leadership and overall mission from time to time. Reaching for the stars can be fun, but changing things around so much makes it tough to get there.


  7. Helpful (3)

    I feel truly fortunate that I get to come to work at LRN everyday.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Solutions in New York, NY

    I have been working at LRN full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work I do is stimulating and important. We're trying to do things that have never been done well before and they can have a profound impact on the world we live in.

    The company is ambitious and playing at the highest levels. I have opportunity to connect with movers and shakers around the globe.

    Most days I learn something new. What we do is inherently complex. It requires we think broadly about the world and how it works, and continue to learn new things. We operate across a broad spectrum of ideas, activities and relationships. We need to understand the connect points.

    I'm growing professionally. There are no boxes at LRN. Influence evolves out of your behavior. Each day I have opportunities both to practice my leadership skills and take on new responsibilities. Where I see problems, I feel empowered to make suggestions, collaborate with colleagues and get them fixed.

    My colleagues are kind, supportive and decent people. They're committed to living in a moral and ethical world. They have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They want each other and the company to succeed.

    The office space is amazing, the snacks generous and the coffee plentiful.

    Cons

    The company is evolving. It's shifting its business model and operating structure. It's making changes in its talent. There are some growing pains as it works through the process. You have to come to the table ready to contribute, willing to experiment and wanting to be part of building something exceptional.

    There are easier ways to make more money. As a mission driven organization, compensation is below market.

    Standards can be quite high. You have to have character and thick skin, and be willing to take criticism as an opportunity for growth. And, you need the self-confidence to throw yourself into the conversation.


  8. Inspired and moved to lead!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LRN as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Never worked for an organization that is more empowering to its employees to lead their own jobs in great teams of professionals. Great Mission, organization, location, governance, benefits and many other things.

    Cons

    LRN is not for everyone. People who need to be given direction, have little initiative, take little or no responsibility or control for their own environment, would probably not be all that happy at LRN.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing waves to develop - - always!!


  9. Helpful (5)

    Inspiring place to come to work made up of talented and driven people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LRN full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is striving for a non-hierarchical structure and is pursuing a strategy of self-governance. It is a company about ideas, and that means communication and being able to lead others and build consensus are key required skills. It is a place where you have to be forward thinking and open to change. LRN isn’t about the status quo. For me, our organizational model has afforded tremendous opportunity and creativity. There is a lot of space to have freedom to come up with new ideas, to challenge and to create. LRN engages with all types of organizations and some of the worlds largest companies to do work that changes behavior and culture for the better, that is a wonderful thing to be a part of. And there is an unlimited vacation policy.

    Cons

    One place the company could do better is by promoting to the executive team from within. LRN has more work to do around ensuring employees understand that they have opportunity for growth and that the company is investing in their professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Keep extending trust more and more, the more colleagues know that they are trusted to make decisions the better.


  10. A great changing company! Great place to be.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LRN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very VERY smart people working at LRN. Good Vibe. Great changes coming including vacation and the idea of being a "flat" company. If you want to work with inspiring people come to LRN.

    Cons

    Not having the resources to do all the work that needs to be done. LRN is working on this so it will get better.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job! There are some negative people but they always will be. Please treat the people that are there as good as possible. Be open to ideas. Remember that we are all equal. Without a team we would be nothing.


  11. Helpful (5)

    An inspirational company and with a bright future in improving Corporate Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood, CA

    I worked at LRN

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Employee Benefits
    -Fun culture
    - Inspirational Leadership

    Cons

    -Compensation
    - Lack of Career advancement opportunities
    - Do not hold company holiday events.

    Advice to Management

    I'd recommend offering employees clearly defined career paths so that they can make more money and stay with company.



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