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Appleton Learning Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
8 Reviews

2.6
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  1.  

    what are you looking for

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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor

    Pros

    This company provided lots of hours and flexibility. If you enjoy teaching a certain age group in a one on one environment, thats what they offer. I enjoyed teaching

    Cons

    sometimes the act stuff feels like a scam. Management is very overworked. curriculum support is lacking. They needed many more employees at my branch to really live up to the promise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more efficient. Offer better curriculum.

  2.  

    High Turnover, Two-faced board, and Poor Communication

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    Working with children and Pay

    Cons

    If you decide to work for this company prepared to be let go due to either; adding to the curriculum, poor enrollment, and/or someone on the board not liking you.

    Let me explain the first, Appleton provides you with a standard curriculum (Yay! no lesson plans, right? wrong.) Sometimes the curriculum is not enough to last for the provided time, so what do you do? Well, the board would prefer if you just drag the lesson out but do they ever tell you that? No. So many teachers add activities and are promptly wrote up or fired. Then there is the issue of the lesson being too much for the time provided, so logically you cut a piece out or go over your time on the lesson. However, if you do that you will... (you guessed it) get wrote up or fired for not following the curriculum. Mind you the people who wrote the curriculum have never had to teach it with real students that actually need some behavior management*. Oh did they forget to mention that you will have students that are on the extreme spectrum for autism and ADHD without any aids? Oh well. (good luck). Also be prepared to give those students medication but your pay will not increase with the passing of the state mandated course.

    *They did a practice run at one of the high testing schools in Huntsville (Blossomwood).

    Moving on to the second reason you will be "let go", poor enrollment.
    Now this is a huge problem for this company. The enrollment drop from last year from this year is over half. The expected 800 students and ended up with under 400. However, they originally staffed with 800 in mind, so they had to cut over half the workers. Here comes another problem, those workers thought they would get unemployment but did not because Appleton has an addendum in their handbook that states that if you waive your right to unemployment. Funny thing about that addendum is that no one really knew about it because HR had you sign your agreement to the handbook but only provided the staff with a partial one to read before signing (tricky-tricky). This normally leaves a bad taste in the employees mouth but Appleton doesn't understand why they just don't wait around for enrollment to go up.

    Lastly, if there is someone at corporate that does not like you...watch out. If a member of the curriculum team comes to review your site and does not like that you used a whistle to get the children's attention in the gym prepare for that mole hill to be turned into a mountain. Instead of asking you to consider another method, you will be branded as someone with poor classroom management skills and fired. The board members are a tightly woven group and are known for saying one thing and meaning something completely different. They will call you in one week for a possible promotion and then write you up the next. I can't decide if they are wishy-washy or two-faced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more realistic with your goals as a staff, handle criticism in stride, stop burning bridges with staff and local schools, and stop jumping to conclusions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    An innovative company doing amazing things

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Management in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    Awesome people, vibrant culture, and a true passion for helping kids

    Cons

    Fast paced and requires a lot of commitment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better inter-company communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An awesome organization that is setting out to change the education world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    It is a great organization with a great mission and great people.

    Cons

    The company has high expectations and demands a lot of its people, but takes care of them too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more communication on the strategic vision.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Appleton Learning tutoring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy to set up and easy to pay

    Cons

    Tutors changed four times in one month; system is difficult to schedule; employees are slow to respond to requests

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the subjects that you have tutors for and tell customers the truth about your supply of tutors. Wasting time trying to get a real tutor has not improved my son's grade. Poor service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Communication Issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The jobs involve helping kids who are struggling, so there is immediate gratification when they succeed. The kids are the reason.

    Cons

    There is no insight or communication from the CEO, and therefore we don't know what we are working toward. Changes come down from the top suddenly and without consultations, and then have to be changed over and over again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get different opinions and insight from your employees before making edicts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Churn baby churn

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Money is good - however, most people don't last a year.
    Company looks good

    Cons

    No one can work with executive management, so turnover is quick in management levels, branches, and sales people.

    Marketed as very different from "normal" tutoring, underneath this slick facade, it is no different than any other tutoring company. Nothing special is attempted or done to match students.

    Great people have come through the organization, but they are always fired, and excuses made.

    Changes to services occur frequently. Clients get frustrated and irate.

    Money is the primary driver, sales, sales, sales and quality suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a management course and learn to deal with other people and differing opinions more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have no significant complaints; Appleton is a great employer.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Math, Physics, and ACT Tutor
    Former Employee - Math, Physics, and ACT Tutor

    Pros

    Appleton Learning is unlike many tutoring companies in that they do not have predefined course work or curricula. They handle the job of finding clients, managing paperwork, collecting payments, scheduling, re-scheduling, etc., while the tutors are left in total control of the actual education side of the equation. They start you off with a few students, and if you do your work well, you get more work. If you do your work REALLY well, there are some opportunities for advancement within the company, such as becoming a "premier tutor" who commands higher rates. I was a private tutor for many years before I came to Appleton, and if you want to be a tutor without having to mess with such things as drumming up a clientele, handling cancellations and re-scheduling, and so on, this is the place for you. Just make sure you know your content area and how to teach it. Appleton prides itself on having top-notch tutors, and they will very quickly discover how good you really are.

    Cons

    If you want someone to hand you a book full of pre-written lessons and say "Here's what you will be teaching your student, no negotiation," then do not apply at Appleton. This may not be for you if you have never been a tutor. You will be generating your own lessons based on what you feel each specific child needs. This is not so much a "pro/con" issue as a simple heads-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you continue expanding, please don't change your method of operation. I think you're onto something big. I'm of the opinion that for the most part you get the respect you give, and I really think that the way you treat tutors is the best way to get the best talent on your side. Keep up the good work.

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