Education Elements

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4 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun company to work in

    Current Employee - D&I  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - D&I in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    - Good paid
    - Fun place to work in
    - People smile a lot

    Cons

    - Still need to grow more
    - Need to do better on deciding the trend of the product and also the market

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast and furious start followed by quick flame out.

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

    Pros

    - good overall mission statement
    - relatively small but growing field. Education Elements was poised to emerge as a big success
    - it's a new space/field so there's a possibility to make an impact in education
    - a lot of individual talent. at its peak, Education Elements attracted talent from a who's-who of top consulting firms and universities
    - management is comprised of seasoned decision makers at successful corporations

    Cons

    For each of the pros there is a con:
    - failure to execute on delivering mission statement. Education Elements repeats its failures, year after year. And the reasons for them are the same
    - struggle to retain existing customer base
    - every misstep results in a far-reaching negative impact in edu
    - proof that individual talent and intellect is worthless in a team environment
    - no room for advancement. in fact, this company takes good, smart people and does the opposite of advance them: skills flatten and talent goes to waste

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've identified a lot of root causes and have made steps to fix them. But you're either failing to recognize other key problems or are refusing to fix them. You've had great past successes in other fields and corporations but you don't have the domain knowledge to recognize or act on these problems. Is it sentimental reasons? Denial? If you know these parts are failing, replace them. All of your teams need to be made up of talented A-players. If a tire on your car is leaking air, you don't continue to put air into it. You'll waste a lot of quarters. You replace the tire before it goes flat and strands your car.

    There's a lot of money to be made in this space. Some of you may be driven by ONLY that. just realize that there is no perceived value here. this isn't twitter or instagram. No one will give you your millions unless your product and services are in fact worth it. Right now, you know they're not. Let's fix it so you can get paid. And kids and teachers can get back to learning and teaching. win/win.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oversold on a product vision that has yet to be realized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    I was lucky to work with many friendly coworkers in an environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute. Like many startups, all employees have the opportunity to try out different roles and "wear multiple hats."

    Cons

    I was not challenged by Education Elements. My skills flattened or regressed during my time here.

    There is no sense of management urgency regarding planning or scheduling product improvements. There are frequent, chaotic fire-drills after the product has broken down. This results in 60-90 hour weeks becoming usual as all teams are running triage to catch up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good product idea, but poor execution. If management focused on fixing the current product before building new features the company would see more growth. There are no people with education or SaaS experience on the board, executive staff, or director level positions. Hiring people with these backgrounds is critical for a SaaS product in the education space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A smiley, friendly workplace with plans to make blending learning available for every child.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Data Analyst  in  San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - QA Data Analyst in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    The people are fantastic - many of them ex-teachers with patience, grace, and a burning desire to improve American education offerings. Lots of women in senior positions who offer support and mentoring like I've never seen before.

    Cons

    As a start-up they are still working out some processes, but are growing rapidly, so that is to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on smiling and hiring smart, happy people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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