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Eric Loeffel
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    Flying by the seat of their pants! Recurring departmental layoffs and constant turnover in exec and departmental staff.

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    Former Employee - Prod Development in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Prod Development in Austin, TX

    I worked at Compass Learning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They hire quickly, so there are always job openings. Unfortunately that is due to mass turnover and chaotic planning.

    Cons

    Be careful with the 'unlimited PTO'. You can only take a week without departmental permission and only two weeks without CEO permission. It's not whenever you want to take it. It's more controlling than it ever was. Then the time is used to their benefit to evaluate their need for you. Much decision-making goes on behind closed doors without the participation of the team. That accepted culture comes from the top. It's gotten worse over the last three years (2011-2014). The transition from Flash to HTML5 has been chaotic. Without any R&D budget, CompassLearning has been blindly relying on their legacy product as their moneymaker. Calls 5 years ago to shift their focus to HTML5 were largely ignored. The past three years has been an internal scramble to have an html5 product offering. Key VPs having turned-over twice in a year. The head of Engineering left in 2014 (the one who was spearheading HTML5) as did the visionary cheerleader of the new HTML5 initiative and the Creative Director. All in the same year. The current motto of the ever shrinking prod dev department is "send it to India!". You will notice that they have 2012 culture year books all over in their lobby. That was the last year that it felt good to work there and they did anything to make the teams feel included. They are promoting the past, which never really did exist. They never printed another year book nor did they ever create another 'cultural contract' (you see the one from 2012 hung in their foyer). Most of the signatures on that wall-sized cultural contract are no longer working at CompassLearning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your people in decision making. Down to who it is you want to hire. Once you stopped this practice, it all went downhill in terms of a cohesive team environment. That is reflected in the new product offering. That will avoid non-visionaries working for you.

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