TakeLessons Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Clarinet Teacher

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at TakeLessons as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Only writing for 'Pros' because this website requires it. There are no 'Pros'

    Cons

    After being listed on their site as a registered, back-ground checked clarinet tutor, 0 students have requested taking lessons because TakeLessons simply has way too many tutors listed per instrument.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Startup Zombie

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TakeLessons full-time

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

    Pros

    Mostly transparent. Good time off policy for tech.

    Cons

    Tech team is not diverse. No career development for most of the employees. Just waiting for the next round of investment. CEO has bought into the startup founder cult and the whole company goes overboard on the culture aspect appearing cultish at times to new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Credit your cofounders. Don't expect your workers to be completely transparent with their dissatisfaction.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Better companies to work for. Music teachers beware.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TakeLessons

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

    Pros

    Set your own hours, background checks for teachers.

    Cons

    Sketchy student approval, sloppy administration at times.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a way for teachers to interview students before entering strange homes. Teachers are booked without consent. The policies aren't completely safe (especially for females). They also blame any misunderstood actions of students on students. Most music companies don't have this issue. They seem to have gone downhill over time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Glorified Telemarketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at TakeLessons as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people. Like really friendly. Very tech saavy - good looking website and teacher portal

    Cons

    Well, teachers are independent contractors, so you work for yourself. As for pay, you could get more on your own. As for their "certified takelesson instructor" - they make YOU pay for a background check (every school I've ever taught in has paid for background checks) and I'm pretty sure there is an upcharge, because I paid $100 and I know that in this area, to get a background check done by FBI and the State (required for teaching) is less than $30. Anyway, parents dont seem to like the telemarketing approach, so they constantly complain about the "Call center"

    Advice to Management

    Dont nickle and dime your teachers. Cough up the money and pay for the background checks. And call it what it is... being "certified" means you passed a background check and sat through their silly online training about marketing.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Takelessons - A glorified call center

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Diego, CA

    I worked at TakeLessons full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Takelessons is a call center in a great location. Also, they were occasionally flexible with regards to scheduling shifts. Takelessons will also let you take on huge amounts of additional responsibility, pay is a different story, but none the less… A large amount of the people that work at takelessons are nice and it seemed most had college degrees, which was surprising to me for a call center. At the end of the day, takelessons is a company that facilitates music lessons which is cool.

    Cons

    Takelessons is a music related call center that doesn't even have any music playing in the office! You have to pay for parking and you can barely even fit in your cubicle. It's a glorified call center lacking any legitimate career opportunities, not to mention any monetary upward mobility. Takelessons is open 7 days a week so you have to work weekends and rarely, if ever get a weekend, much less 2 days in a row off. The cult-like "fun culture" takelessons worked so hard to create is seemingly being replaced with a much more corporate one. My overall experience at takelessons felt more like a high school, rumor mill, roller coaster than a job, and I was considered one of the "cool kids" if not the "coolest". Oh, and I'm not totally sure but I'm pretty sure you have to be good looking to even be considered.

    Advice to Management

    Get more feedback from the call center side; the people in the trenches. Often times a great business idea on paper does not mean it's anything more than just a great idea. Don't try to grow too fast, get overhead down, and really look at overall morale.


  7. A means to an End

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Music Teacher
    Former Contractor - Music Teacher

    I worked at TakeLessons as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company requires teachers to be very organized and have background checks which is great for the students. The customer service side is great and I love that they take care of the business side of running a studio. It has been very helpful for me to add more students to my teaching studio to fill in the gaps and give me more experiance while I build my private studio. However, it is only a means to an end and I'm looking to get out of using takelessons when I am able to open up those spots for my own private students.

    Cons

    For the amount of money Takelessons.com takes from students I think the teachers, who do the brunt of the work and ARE the bread and butter of the company, should be paid more. As it stands, teachers are paid less than 50% of what the company brings in per lesson and on top of that, the company does not provide regular performance opportunities for their students, at least in my area. So, that is then something the teacher has to do on their own, which we do because we care.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your teachers at least 50% of what you bring in per lesson if not more AND create regular performance opportunities for ALL locations takelessons has business in.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Too fluffy and built up. It doesn't become what they say it could, even with the outside effort.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They do your scheduling for you. The people you encounter are generally very awesome. The pay is decent and the hours are flexible.

    Cons

    They do your scheduling for you (it's hard to deal with a middle man). The company is really kinda stingy and if someone cancels a lesson in the week, the company doesn't pay you, but still manages somehow to keep the lesson money. The pay is no where near what one could make and the lesson prices are really unfair to the students. Often times the travel to the students is further than convenient and sometimes not even worth it. The management also says that they'll do things and unless you keep pestering them, they don't do it and in my experience blame it off on someone they asked to do the task.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about positions you're creating. Pay your teachers better. Follow through on getting back to teachers after they give you the advice you asked for from them and tell them that you'll bring it up at the next meeting. Take the teachers seriously. Create more programs to reach out to people who may not be able to afford your exorbitant prices.



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