Collaborative Learning Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
5 Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful, collaborative environment - 2003-2010

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Collaborative Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful products, services and processes made it a pleasure to represent CLI in the field with customers. Executive management listened to customers and trainers - and that led to further development of products and services to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.

    Cons

    Executive leadership and culture significantly changed and lost the collaborative, open-door environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current leadership - good luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start, but not to stay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Collaborative Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    *Small company size means that you get hands-on experience very quickly. Regardless of experience, f you're talented and smart, you'll get to work on and manage high visibility projects.
    *Very experienced technical team means that you're working with and trying to sell high quality software products.
    *Open door policy and horizontal hierarchy grants entry-level employees easy access to managers.
    *There's a great work life balance. Most people get in at 8:00 AM and leave at 4:00 PM on the dot.

    Cons

    *Low pay compared to the rest of the market.
    *Several managers seem to be stuck in the 1980s. They are either inept or wholly unfamiliar with modern business processes and tools (e.g. unable to complete even basic Internet search, digital media management, or Microsoft Office tasks).
    *Suburban location makes meeting up with friends after work difficult. Don't even think about living in Chicago if you want to work here.
    *Management is stingy when it comes to buying new office supplies or computers.
    *The company is small, so there really isn't any opportunity for advancement. It's either stay put or find another job if you feel like it's time for something new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm gracious for the time I spent at CLI. I learned more than at any other job, but I could never have stayed due to the lack of developmental opportunities. There needs to be a clear 3 to 5 year upward path for entry-level hires. Oh, and buy new computers at least every two years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Poorly designed products, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Collaborative Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has potential for some great products. The impact on the education market could be significant.

    Cons

    The products are poorly designed underneath, making enhancements difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what it really takes to build quality products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work, great employees, flexible schedule

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Collaborative Learning

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule
    Competitive pay
    Company atmosphere
    Great co-workers; hard-working
    Potential to work from home if needed

    Cons

    Communication could be better but has improved
    Benefits could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve company policies and benefits.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great company doing great things

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Collaborative Learning

    Pros

    --Gain experience in fields of education AND tech
    --Forge solutions for some of the toughest issues in schools today (meeting standards, setting curriculum, etc)
    --Senior managers who know what they're talking about
    --Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    --Start-up atmosphere lends itself to some decisions made on the fly
    --Perks not as robust as with larger corporations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends

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