Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
188 Reviews
3.6
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great product and co-workers committed to language learning (in 14 reviews)

  • Easy and enjoyable meeting people from around the world (in 7 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  

    Great Brand, Great People, Tough Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to hone marketing skills--especially with respect to advertising. Most employees are hard working, great at what they do, and are good people to be around.

    Cons

    Work environment can be intense, with a high volume of work and tight time frames to get things accomplished. Bureaucratic processes often make it difficult to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clearly defined career paths and opportunities for advancement would help keep employees engaged. Real innovation on the product (not incremental changes that few people would notice) will help the company take market share from free or inexpensive language learning solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Trying to keep up with its growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Great product! Lots of great people to work with.

    Cons

    Inconsistent with policies and enforcing those policies, lots of waste in spending while others have to watch every penny.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Big Talk Big Numbers Small impact

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition makes it easy to connect with market. Yellow boxes becoming now blue skies.

    Cons

    Languages are part of communication, and communication changes very fast today...management should adopt those changes and have a more proactive approach to the market than a reactive one on the stock value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be proactive and not reactive, innovate and don't imitate

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  5.  

    Great tasks, lowest bidder

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone

    Pros

    Wonderful experience with software applied to language learning.

    Cons

    Lowest bidder gets the contract

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Remote working online studio coach

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remote Studio Coach
    Current Employee - Remote Studio Coach

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

    Pros

    The work is easy and stress free. The students you get to coach are interesting and good to work with.

    Cons

    Erratic workload and poor information from management. Eg I was told that a new teaching phase would start in Dec. January came and went, the months rolled by, still with no work, then finally in May I was asked to work very early mornings at weekends. No idea how it will all work out as I am being told that more work will come along soon. Beginning not to believe anything I'm told. When working remotely there is no opportunity to know what is going on within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your remote workers with the respect they deserve, they are the customer face of your product. Allowing us access to the company intranet would be a great start and allow us to know more of what was going on in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is having a hard time staying relevant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    feel good mission, smart caring co-workers, good work-life-balance with lots of opportunities to work from home. Lately there is focus on employee morale and retention.

    Cons

    Developing new products that push boundaries and are truly innovative is nearly impossible with the current structure. Communication across departments is very poor and leads to misunderstandings and slow progress. Not enough collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experts to make product/feature decisions in their areas of expertise. Embrace innovation and collaboration and seek it out in all parts of the company - not just senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hope things are getting better now

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    Former Employee - Language Consultant
    Former Employee - Language Consultant

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time

    Pros

    My time at RS was good overall. I worked as a sales associate alongside some awesome people and my managers were always friendly and helpful. I also loved being able to use the program on the job and meeting so many new people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, my position no longer exists. The retail program has been disbanded and they are now focusing primarily on their online business instead of retail. Towards the end, communication with upper management was sparse and poor and sales goals were increasingly unreasonable, making the previously awesome commission almost unreachable.

    At the time, there was definitely little room for advancement. Better pay depended on commissions. That wasn't a problem for me since I only worked there part-time while attending college college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure managing a global retail store program was extremely challenging. Hopefully those resources can be put toward continuing to improve the product performance. I remember that Version 4 was bloated and hard to run on many computers so hopefully it will be easier to make updates to the product now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lesson Authoring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility (job is remote), experience gain while working another job, available feedback from project managers, lots of resources, opportunity for pay increase--as more lessons are authored, payment per lesson increases as you author more lessons.

    Cons

    Payment is per lesson rather than hourly. Training is provided, but since there is a learning curve to start, you spend quite a bit of time getting used to the authoring style. Since payment is per lesson, the rate is not very competitive to start for hours committed. This should balance out as you get better at authoring and are paid more per lesson.

  10.  

    Weirdest Job Ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales

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

    Pros

    Cool product, great people, incredible name recognition.

    Cons

    Competition between retail sales and corporate sales caused real issues with how to market and sell a great product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off corporate from retail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was an ESL coach there for about 7 months.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The students are awesome and love learning......
    Might be great if you are entry level.

    Cons

    Management changed too much and they didn't pay very well. Lots of work and running around with little incentive to be fully present. Why? because your not treated like a professional you are treated like a entry level employee that knows nothing. ...I had a master degree and had to dumb down constantly which caused me to become very bored, very quickly ...no health care, got yelled at for working over 30 hours. I was accused of "insubordination" for no reason. i suspect I was threat of some sort. My students loved my class but my hands where tied to give them more learning opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over your selves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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