TakeLessons Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. What you'd expect - a good way to get started.

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    Former Freelancer - Music Teacher in San Mateo, CA
    Former Freelancer - Music Teacher in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at TakeLessons (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    No one works for Take Lessons exactly. They send you music students and you give them 20% of each lesson. The benefit is that if you are new to an area and have a decent profile and clear experience, it will show and they will send you people. Within some amount of time you will have a few students, and if you keep up with them, it will increase over time.

    Cons

    The downside is 20% of every lesson, forever is not great.

    Additionally, the contract states that you can't take your students away to teach privately. This is understandable. However there ought to be a statute of limitation on this, and on the 20%. Ok, they send a client. Great. I feel like, let them take all of the first month. Once a student sticks around, they have almost no role. So to pay them in perpetuity felt after a time very foolish. I left takelessons after a year, and it was a good way to get a feel for the type of students in my area. I started a YELP ad and kept it running. I had some good reviews from yelp in the past so I chose to build my teaching on my own.

    The students were often overcharged or unable to contact takelessons. It felt like two guys in a room with a bunch of computers. Not quite a business...


  2. Helpful (6)

    Great pay; lousy service

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    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Orange, CA

    I worked at TakeLessons part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They charged $40 for a half hour. I made half.

    Cons

    They weren't great at giving me new students, even though I had great retention with the ones that I had. Calls to the company were futile and resulted in talking points and no real discussion. They kept a lot of secrets from the teachers. We're not trusted members of the company and yet are the backbone of it.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Room For Growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are lots of great people and fun extracurricular activities. Very casual office environment, beer at company meetings, and because it is a start-up, lots of opportunities to learn new things. If there was a better focus on taking care of current employees this could be a really great place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of extra work with no extra incentives. No clear path to salary increases or career advancement. PTO is very slim and benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need a clearer idea of what to expect in terms of their own future with the company. How can we grow here? The company is very focused on meeting external goals and pressures and this can leave the internal team feeling neglected and burned out.


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  5. Takelessons is a good supplimentary income job.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Murrieta, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Murrieta, CA

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    fun environment to work at

    Cons

    low hours and not a lot of students


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Steady contract teaching work for extended time.

    Cons

    You take a serious pay cut, as opposed to teaching privately on your own. (50% reduction at least.)

    Advice to Management

    Get alot of your own students before you start the program.



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