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PlattForm – Why Work For Us?

February 9, 2015

An open letter to current, former and prospective employees:

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PlattForm. We value honest feedback at every level of our organization, and this forum is no exception. Whether positive or negative, we read these reviews and use them as tools for improving processes, available resources and employee experience.  

It is an evolutionary time at PlattForm, and I recognize that there are areas where we need to improve including internally communicating our company’s vision and investing time and resources into technology and employees. We are in the midst of a complete overhaul of our technological capabilities to better equip our employees to more efficiently perform their jobs and find innovative solutions to challenges in higher education. PlattForm is constantly growing. We are not only concerned with the growth of the company, but also the personal and professional growth of our employees. 

For more than 25 years, PlattForm has been changing lives through education. This is not only the mission of the company; it is the passion of our people. We partner with higher education institutions around the globe to reach the right students and support them throughout their academic careers and beyond. The essence of education is growth and progression. With PlattForm’s global growth and new leadership come many years of experience, new training opportunities, a proprietary technology suite to provide deeper insight to our partners and a heightened effort to better serve our employees. 

If education, innovation and creativity excite you, now is a great time to consider joining PlattForm. Our top-notch talent is what drives the company forward. There’s a bright future ahead. 

Sincerely, 

Steve Fireng 

Chief Executive Officer 

PlattForm 

www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-fireng/10/38/bb6/en



PlattForm is changing lives through education.



For more than 25 years, PlattForm has helped higher education institutions around the world attract, retain and prepare students for success beyond graduation. It takes an eclectic mix of individuals and self-starters to extend the missions of our partner institutions to a wider audience, and you’ll find PlattForm is the sum of its marketing strategists, creative minds, digital specialists, problem solvers and data lovers.

Higher education is changing faster than ever before, and we’re excited to be at the heart of that change.




Having the chance to make a difference

Education strengthens individuals, families and ultimately, communities. It’s more than earning power. It’s the confidence that stems from pursuing your dreams with persistence and hard work.

Everyone at PlattForm believes in the power of education because we’ve seen firsthand what it can do.

Being bold and doing meaningful work

You’ll see our rallying cry pop up often. We aren’t looking for people to do the same things that have always been done. We’re looking for innovators who want to grow personally and professionally in the pursuit of better education access and outcomes.

Building something higher education has never seen before

It’s more than “higher education marketing,” “enrollment management,” and “online learning services.” Education is evolving, and we’re adapting to meet those needs before a category ever exists. We help a diverse set of institutions scale their enrollment, integrate career preparation into the core curriculum, create and deliver course content and improve graduation rates through proactive student support.

Growing with a dedicated team

PlattForm is people, and we’re building a world-class team of individuals that want to challenge themselves and each other to help our partner institutions further the mission of higher education. Innovation comes from unexpected places, and everyone is expected to bring solutions to the table. We take our work seriously, yet we have a casual atmosphere and prioritize fun in what we do.



 



Culture is Everything 

We may be biased, but we believe we have something you just need to experience. Our culture has been called many things, including “working hard,” “playing hard” and just plain “infectious.”

At its core, our culture is about challenging each other to be the best we can be – both personally and professionally. We take the time to recognize wins, develop our skills and have some fun.

Giving Back Is Our Culture

More than two decades ago, a team of PlattFormers got together to discuss what exactly philanthropy meant to us. The group came up with words like "inspire," "engage" and "serve." After much deliberation and brainstorming, these words became the foundation of our own in-house philanthropy. We now affectionately call ourselves Team Phil.

We are an unstoppable group of advocates committed to helping others achieve and making our communities better places to live.

We coordinate fundraisers; organize food and clothing drives; and complete Emmy-winning, pro bono charity videos. All of this is done to raise awareness and millions of dollars for our nonprofit partners – to name a few of them: SAVE Inc., Kids TLC, the Ronald McDonald House, Della Lamb, Habitat for Humanity and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

If lending a helping hand is a way of life, you’ll always find paintbrushes, shovels or another tool used for good in our hands.

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Make a Difference.

For 25 years we’ve been passionate about changing lives through education. As the marketing and enrollment management partner of choice for more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide, we impact thousands of lives daily.

As marketing and education continue to evolve, our dedication to excellence and best-in-class service remains. From traditional media and digital marketing to International Recruitment and Academic Program Management, we’ve led the way.

But we’re just getting started — in terms of capabilities, the markets we serve and as difference makers.

Create Culture.

At PlattForm we believe in “work hard, play hard” as a philosophy to live by. You might find us brainstorming in a game-themed conference room or forging a friendship over a cup of coffee. We enjoy a challenging and flexible work environment and a rewarding health and wellness program. But that’s not all.

We know you’re looking for a place to grow and contribute. That’s why we encourage innovation and collaboration – creative and strategic thinking is what we thrive on, from our work itself to the way we operate. Plus, recognizing and rewarding hard work is a big deal to us. We come together every month to celebrate those who exemplify our company values.

PlattFormers contribute to our wide range of philanthropic activities; from food and toy drives to volunteering in the community. Giving back is something we’re proud of and it’s part of who we are.

Enjoy the Journey. Reach Your Destination.

Since we opened our doors in 1989 it has been a company priority to show our employees how much they’re valued. PlattFormers enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including personal paid time off, one charity PTO day, impressive 401K matching and resources for personal and professional development.

Not everyone is a fit, but if you think you have what it takes, check out our career opportunities. We’d like to get to know you.

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    #WhyIStay - Changes, changes, changes.... it has been a crazy year, but I'm still here, and don't plan to leave

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
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    I have been working at PlattForm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Positive daily work environment, casual work environment, fun culture, good health/dental/life benefits, immediately vested in 401K investments/match, summer flex Fridays, Holiday Week PTO, leadership that is now seeing that it is time to focus back on taking really good care of our people.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies: (Examples)
    Leadership strength varies greatly, some managers are the best you could possibly want, and others should NOT be leaders of people.

    Communication of HR information lacks consistency, some things you will get 20 emails about and other items you find out after the fact through the grapevine.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent efforts to make sure that leaders are trained to communicate well, give good feedback, and support their team's efforts.


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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PlattForm.

    Interview

    Was recommended by a family friend that works there. Emailed me asking for more information. 1 phone interview and one onsite interview. Received feedback 2 weeks after interviewing. Make sure you know what is on your resume and be able to explain any extracurricular activities you do outside of school and work.

    Interview Questions

    • A phone interview asking the usual stuff: what projects have you done, what languages do you know, mostly behavioral. Onsite interview asked a few problem solving questions, more behavioral interview questions over resume. One programming question asking you to find sum of numbers between 1-10.   Answer Question

PlattForm Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work (Large Companies: Runners-up), KC Busines Journal, 2013
Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, When Work Works, 2013
U.S. Search-Marketing Agency - 5th Largest, Ad Age, 2014
Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, Inc. Magazine, 2014
Platinum Hermes Creative Award, Hermes Creative Awards, 2014
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Additional Info

Website www.plattform.com
Headquarters Lenexa, KS
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Private
Industry Education

Since 1989, PlattForm has set the standard of excellence in providing marketing services and enrollment solutions worldwide. Headquartered in Kansas City, the firm boasts an internal staff of more than 550 industry experts. Forming partnerships with higher education institutions, PlattForm provides optimal marketing performance through AttriBrandTM, a proprietary approach that... More

Mission: The entire student life cycle matters – from recruitment and enrollment marketing to retention, graduation and career preparation.

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