Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
168 Reviews
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Pros
  • Learn a language at work-you have access to all 31 languages at work and at home (in 10 reviews)

  • Great product and co-workers committed to language learning (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has been through multiple changes in a relatively short period of time (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance & people will take advantage of you (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people... that's about it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Time off policy is very nice
    - Tuition reimbursement is fairly generous as well
    - People are generally smart, good at their jobs & friendly. Most people have good intentions.
    - Bagel Fridays are always a nice perk

    Cons

    - No work life balance & people will take advantage of you. If you give them a hand they'll take the whole arm, but won't help you when you need it.
    - No management training and no upward feedback. You could have a good boss, or you could have an awful one and there's nothing you can do about it.
    - There are opportunities to move around in the company, but you will not be offered fair pay. Recently someone was hired straight from college for a position that is lower than mine, and is making more than me- because of the team I started on, and the fact that I moved within the company.
    - There is no focus. Priorities are constantly shifting so there's a lot (a lot!) of time and energy wasted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees:
    - Ask for their feedback and actually listen to it.
    - Pay people what they're worth, or they will leave
    - Stop taking advantage of your hardest workers. They will leave, and you'll have a hard time finding people who will work as hard as them.
    - Stop rewarding the people who do nothing. There is nothing more demotivating than when someone who is all talk is promoted, while his/her teammates who do their work and fix their mistakes are forgotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Death spiral

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    Current Employee - Developer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Developer in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's just not worth it.

    Cons

    The company is bleeding talent due to an outdated business model and poor outlook. Upper management is old and can't see the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid it....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to work before the so called "transformation". The executives still say that it is in the "middle" of "transformation". Hopefully it creates a nice environment. I am not very optimistic though.

    Cons

    The people who came for the "transformation" and the people that they have brought to achieve the "transformation" has left the company in the "middle" of "transformation". I feel like it is a ship with a "don't know what to do" captain without the vital crew!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop consuming the people who brought the company to these days and the cash they built in 20+ years. I am not sure what will be left soon!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The bad outweighs the good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual environment. Accessible upper management. A few talented people.

    Cons

    The cons outweigh the pros. Too much dysfunction. Most leadership with limited experience. A lot of unhappy people who have nowhere else to go. Everyone is overworked, because every department is understaffed. Demands are big and heavy with no support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink everything. Show appreciation to the people who are actually doing the work. Reorganize departments, hire more people to support the of amount work. Everything needs to change from top to bottom. Morale is bad and I don't believe it will get better. I'm glad I got out before it gets worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Some pros but way too many cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's exciting to be part of a brand that is a household name that people recognize when you tell them you work there.

    Cons

    The company has a revolving door with employees being hired and fired daily. it's hard to feel a team spirit when you don't know how long someone is going to be working with you. Also, the product has saturated the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work in every aspect.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee handbook offers a ton of benefits, perks; but will NEVER be able to take advantage of any

    Cons

    Everything....
    Employee handbook perks included automatic 3 wks/year vacation renewed at 1st of year. If exiting company, this now becomes prorated.
    401K contribution not eligible until after 3 months on job.
    Dont believe cash out of comp time will never happen.
    Management will arbitrarily create goals which can NEVER be met and a very short (less than 1 week) timeline to be successful
    Can easily be blindsided by fabricated comments contrary to direct feedback from day-to-day interaction.
    Management is disingenuous and untrustworthy both strategically and tactically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the current product and program management leadership and find some people who actually know how to turn a company around in the new cloud economy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Like working in the middle of a sorority party. Without the fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time

    Pros

    The office is the near the metro. Walk in the other direction.

    Cons

    Business is very clearly going downhill. The environment is the most unprofessionaI have ever witnessed -- extremely noisy, catty, no one seems to know what is going on. Work grinds to a halt because it is not funneled properly. Employees frequently (about 80% of the time -- no joke) act like they are at a college party -- screaming, singing, dancing, laughing, joking. It amazes me anyone gets any work done here. The work is highly repetitive and the brand voice is dull, unimaginative and outdated. There is a lot of backstabbing and trying to get honest feedback here is a battle you won't win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your employees under control. Hire sufficient people to do the task properly and stop buying loser companies with no future. Try to get a grasp on how to generate revenue in a realistic way rather than by aggravating your customers with more and more fees. You are making yourselves look desperate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a good company, now a shadow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I used to say the product was the reason to work there, but leadership has gradually degraded the quality of the product to the point that I don't care anymore.

    Cons

    Leadership has been abysmal for years, and the shakeups of the past year have if anything made it worse. Compensation is below average, and promotions are few and seemingly random. The atmosphere in my office is generally glum and depressing.

    New product direction consists of mostly free apps that are used to mine for leads to sell our older products. There's no focus on producing quality learning products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the old passion for creating great learning products. Get rid of the product managers and involve creative people in developing great things again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Currently not good..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good and smart people, reasonable compensation.

    Cons

    Currently terrible upper management. Chaos.. people seem to be either laid off or running away..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    An incredible example of sociopathic upper management

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    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rosetta Stone has had a long history of employing some truly excellent technical staff. The rank and file staff have, for the most part, been some very intelligent and fun to work with folks who have managed to build some great products despite the efforts of upper management to undermine their success.

    Cons

    Rosetta Stone was a company that started on a great idea and built some great products based on this. Unfortunately, upper management became resigned to merely repackaging the same product over and over after their version 3 release in 2007. Efforts after this involved thrashing around without ever coming up with a new product vision and shelving a large portion of the efforts of product development staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firing 80% of your product development staff and then wondering why the remaining 20% want to leave is pretty silly. Try building lasting relationships with your staff and weathering the hard times with them instead of making them pay the price for upper management's mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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