ETA hand2mind Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experience, ample opportunity to contribute and grow professionally.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong contributors are rewarded, and are given the opportunity train and participate across departments. Work life balance, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    In the medium/long term, management teams turn over regularly. This poses a challenge in maintaining cultural consistency. Long term growth is limited by this cycle. Less security for management as tenure increases, but more secure outside of the management team.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover controls cost, but weakens the culture.


  2. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. Good compensation and benefits. Amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor leadership that makes knee jerk reaction decisions too often.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as you would like to be treated.


  3. Poor top level management and lacking sales.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some really great staff and pay/benefits were average.

    Cons

    Lack of sales and growth. Semi-yearly layoffs and low employee retention rate create a sense of insecurity and panic among the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the staff. Get rid of the current President as for he is the founder of the negative environment within your company.


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  5. Management Crises Constantly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ex-Enployee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Ex-Enployee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, very dedicated. Benefits are great. The company had a great management 3 years ago. Well balanced work - life atmosphere.

    Cons

    In the last three years the company has declined due to a decline in management. The turnover of employees is unbelievable. Fear is the driving factor and that only leads to fast decline.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize you company by realizing exactly what your company does and how it does it. Listen to your employees as they are the meat and brains of your company. You are operating under false definitions of what you actually do.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Nice people ... challenging company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, for the most part. The atmosphere is casual and friendly most of the time. Good work/family life balance. Good benefits, flexible hours. Frequent training opportunities.

    Cons

    A lot of reorganizing without any clear direction or goals. Very reactive in operations. Frequent sudden changes to add and eliminate positions. High turnover rate with a small sector of folks who have been there for more than a few years. No room for advancement. Job descriptions and titles change frequently. Lack of clearly defined processes or procedures. Lack of communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on clearly defining what you offer and how you will successfully achieve providing it. Spend more time on being proactive and doing things right the first time. Clearly define the operational processes and procedures and document it.


  7. No Loyalty to employees, stuck in their old way of doing things

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

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have some quality products. Good people in the support positions of the company.

    Cons

    Quick to reverse course on new initiatives. Lack of leadership at the top. Creating an atmosphere of fear.

    Advice to Management

    Think more long term. Very short sided. Too much turnover in key top positions creates a sense of instability.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A company in 'crisis' mode

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits were the only positive experience from working at ETA.

    Cons

    Unstable company that is behind the times. Massive layoffs over the past few years have scarred the company indefinitely. Management at ETA was weak and would never own up to any responsibility. This would be a good company to work for if you don't have much else going for you. Take my advise and consider other jobs first.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees around and develop them. Your reputation throughout the industry is tarnishing. You could use a lesson on Jack Welch's 20-70-10 management rule.


  9. Challenging work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Changes occurred fast, no red tape. Every idea was considered as worth talking about. The employees are very hard workers. Close knit departments, people are committed. Great product.

    Cons

    Strategic planning was lacking. Company was very top heavy. Culture was not the best. Leadership could not develop and stick to a clear plan regarding how to do business within a changing education publishing industry.

    Advice to Management

    Plan for the changes that will be needed in 2-3 and 5 years. Focus on keeping the new, inspired talent and reward risk, change and results.


  10. Keeps useless employees way too long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ETA hand2mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Conversations from highest level management talk of change sounds good

    Cons

    mid management and lower management like things the way its always been and reject change

    Advice to Management

    investigate what's really happening with mid and lower management,, the things they don't want you to know


  11. Rewarding, challenging work that provides students and educators with products and services to learn.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Room for growth, company is focused on talent development and growth.
    Culture has changed to be more teaming and less silos.
    Willing to take calculated risks in order to succeed.

    Cons

    Some areas are still lacking appropriate resources.
    Need to upgrade infrastructure for technology.
    Accountability needs to be established across all departments consistently.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, you are leading a major change that just takes time.
    Look at your resources, make yourselves available to staff, actions speak louder than words.



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