TakeLessons

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TakeLessons Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
38 Reviews
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    Private Instructor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Great communication. Working with them and students is very easy.

    Cons

    Students and parents are not great with scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update student-teacher interaction through the website.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company with a friendly, passionate and goal oriented team!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at TakeLessons full-time

    Pros

    Culture is awesome! Everyone is really driven and goal oriented, but also very friendly and supportive. Leadership strives for everyone to excel at what they do, but makes sure we do it in a positive way. Company is also very open about where they are, and where they're headed. Benefits are ok (medical, dental, vision, 401k, wellness).

    Cons

    Sometimes work is hard, and requires extra time and effort. If you aren't growing with the company, there's a sense that you can be cut from the team at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving for an open environment. In the past, some strategic and personnel decisions were kept private, which makes people nervous.

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    Teaching for 2 years and it just keeps getting better!

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    Current Employee - Vocal Coach in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Vocal Coach in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at TakeLessons as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair Pay, Good Customer Service CONSTANT improvements when something is wrong.

    Cons

    My clients get upset with the billing situation. I spend a lot of time explaining to them that things take time when it comes to Billing and Rescheduling. However I've noticed vast improvements in the last Month. I do wish there were more career opportunities. I also wish their were more concert opportunities. Performances for Students City wide) and for Teachers. Many of us are talented Musicians. I think: that would only increase Client satisfaction and Productivity. It's so important to keep expanding and keep going out the Box.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Culture, Caring Management, feels good to go to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketplace Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketplace Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    TakeLessons has a great culture and promotes from within. The management and CEO take a personal interest in your development and well-being. The company teaches every department about the nuances of business and goal setting. You feel like you are making a contribution every day! The CEO Steven Cox takes time to talk with everyone in the company and is has an open door policy. He welcomes feedback and appreciates every person.

    Cons

    The cons are the constants changes that come with working for a start-up. You have to be willing to get your hands dirty and be flexible as the business grows with new challenges. The pay could be a little higher as well. The benefits really improved when I was there and I always felt like the money was worth the freedom and flexibility I got in exchange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is way to create more incentives for bonuses and raises, try to fit it in. The people love working for you and usually have to leave when life takes over and you need to make more money :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Growing Pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good culture. Still has a tech startup feel. Company tries to keep it fun. We have a jam room set up with instruments and a dress code of dress to do your job...no special meetings today? Then it's jeans and a T-shirt. Management receptive to personal life balance. Stock options for all full time staff after 1 year employment. Many new hires based on potential and culture fit over 100% technical capability.

    Cons

    Company under pressure to make money. Aren't they all? Losing some aspects of the "fun startup," but that's probably necessary. A little bit of a call center model for business, though not cold hard selling (leads are people that have submitted info online, so not cold calls), Some sales tactics seem a little aggressive, but that might just be in contrast to the artsy environment in the office. Lower level staff paid on lower end of market scale, higher level managers appear to be paid in a manner more to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep lower level staff pumped as we mature.

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    Great Company Culture, Great Talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Student Counselor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at TakeLessons full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very Supportive
    Positive Environment
    Great Company Culture
    Great Views

    Cons

    Can't think of anything bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, with strong leadership

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    Former Employee - Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    TakeLessons has a great company culture and working environment. The company has came a long way, even just in the last year with employee benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Still a start-up environment so to speak. This can take extra patience as obstacles present themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep more teachers satisfied, as this is the bread and butter of the business. Great teachers is what will lead to a positive experience for students.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, Genuine, Challenging Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at TakeLessons full-time

    Pros

    Culture is amazing. Everyone that works at TakeLessons has an interest in music, and most have had personal experience either teaching or taking private music lessons. We even have a jam room where employees can go and rock out if they need a break during their day. The relationships between coworkers is the best I've encountered in a workplace. We support each other, and help each other to become even better at what we do.

    Cons

    TakeLessons is still a young company (6 years old), and so is going through growing pains. The company doesn't have everything figured out, but is working on getting there. All of that just makes things challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training current employees to get better at their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Building a company based on core values

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    I like working at TakeLessons because they treat me like family and really believe in my personal growth.

    Cons

    Start up means that salaries and benefits are not as good as other places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the fire and keep building a great company. So proud to work here!

    Recommends
  11.  

    An excellent beginning to teaching privately.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boynton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boynton Beach, FL

    I have been working at TakeLessons

    Pros

    Take lesson works really hard to communicate with its staff members. It provides email and website feedback and is constantly in contact with contractors (teachers) through telephone about new students, completed lessons, and student concern. The help center staff is extremely helpful and is great about returning phone calls. Their ad tool through craigslist is also a wonderful thing helping teachers find and attract new students. A huge thumbs up!

    Cons

    Only downside with working with TakeLessons.com is that not all the students that a teacher is given to work with physically talk to a takelessons representative. Because this is a web based enterprise prospective students are able to book teachers by pointing and clicking. This can cause confusion about what is necessary for lessons to happen. For example a student who wants to take piano lessons will need access to a piano. Other than this, Takelessons is a GREAT company to work for.

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