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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't drink the koolaid - Worst working experience I've ever had.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Great location in downtown San Diego. A lot of the marketing people were very personable and nice to work with. Catered lunches once a week.

    Cons

    - AWFUL COMPENSATION. Minimum wage call center employees and way below industry pay for technical positions.
    - Cult like environment. You're encouraged to join the "family" and be a part of it. But be warned, the corporate culture is absolutely toxic. If they don't think you fit in, you're ostracized. The management almost seems to encourage rumors to go around about former employees.
    - Call center floor is an incredibly cramped dungeon like cubicle farm. Second hand 3'x3' cubicles wall to wall.
    -In addition to the poor compensation, no benefits to speak of. They try to sell you on "ownership", but in reality the stock options are close to worthless for the foreseeable future.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    the experience has been a waste of time and very disappointing

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Miami, FL

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    it is ok for a beginning teacher to gain some experience in learning to teach private lessons but will not give full time employment

    Cons

    very low pay
    traveling to students homes for the lessons are very inconvenient and the amount of gas or transportation used rarely even makes teaching the lesson worthwhile
    the teacher is not able to edit their public profile 100%
    students are sent to bestbuy for lessons with sales persons at bestbuy
    teachers with good credentials are used for public profiles only to be told they are booked up, meanwhile the teacher only has one or two students in reality
    students come to the teacher with false impressions that they will learn to be a famous singer in one or two lessons and no practicing, very unrealistic, but they are told this to book the lessons and make money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be beneficial to have people on the executive team who know about music and are educators not just business people interested in making money and not caring about the music education of students
    try and learn and care about true music education!

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Teacher

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    Former Employee - Piano Teacher
    Former Employee - Piano Teacher

    I worked at TakeLessons as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They "advertise" for you. They have a very easy to use online program and make great use of the internet.

    Cons

    I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. I wanted some extra income to add to my current crop of students. After doing everything the other reviewer did, online orientation, training, background check, etc... My profile was up on their website, but never got any students.

    When I heard about students being driven to the Best Buy locations, I tried something. I called as a prospective parent, wanting specifically to sign up with myself, and I was told that "We're sorry, Mr. X's schedule is already full, but we have just as good teachers at Best Buy."

    After lengthy review of my contract (and discussions with my lawyer) it was not worth it to pursue legal action. DON'T WORK HERE

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

    TakeLessons Response

    Dec 11, 2012Talent & Culture Manager

    Thanks for sharing your concerns and your post. Please contact TakeLessons at 619.231.8505 to discuss your concerns as the information you shared is not how TakeLessons manages our business or our ... More

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    55,000 applicants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Nice website, easy to use.

    Cons

    They say they only hire 5% of the people who apply for jobs - and they have teachers in over 2800 cities. Assume that there is only 1 teacher in each of those cities that means that over 55,000 people have applied for jobs? That doesnt seem realistic considering at that rate, you would have to have over 25 people interview 40 people a week to make that staggering number.

    They are all about "looking good"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have people who are educators run the company, or at least the curriculum side. You're doing a great business in making money, but not in providing a service

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place for young people to get experience, but don't drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Manager
    Former Employee - Customer Support Manager

    I worked at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Friendly, fun, young environment. Everyone seems to get along.
    Excellent engineering team. They have really taken the time to listen to employee/customer needs and set a clear long term, transparent development calendar. Both of these attributes are rare at other start-ups.
    Good Channel Mgmt team. They had some small blips with their Best Buy partnership roll out, but all things considered it was very well done.
    Free lunch on Mondays.
    Casual dress code.
    Downtown location.
    Great place to get experience. But don't expect a lot of mentoring, because most of mgmt hasn't been in their current role very long.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible even for a start-up. There are no benefits. None. Unfortunately, the majority of employees don't own any shares.
    No transparency about funding progress.
    There's a shocking lack of diversity in terms of age and race. Top down management style in the operations group. Very little development of the ops team, especially in Sales.
    They fire people at the drop a hat. Unless you are a friend of senior management in which case you can show up late for work every day for two months, be warned twice, demoted once and finally fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons.

    Doesn't Recommend

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